Ride coast to coast in New Zealand’s wild north
One of New Zealand’s best kept riding secrets!
A ride glowing with adventure, fun and dreams come true!The Twin Coast Adventure in the North Island of New Zealand (Bay of Islands) is glowing with adventure, fun and dreams come true! Ken & Jane Dromgool, New Zealand’s top horse clinicians and their fabulous team are your hosts and guides on this ride. They’re immensely passionate about their patch of paradise and super keen to share it with you. Ken and Jane are lucky enough to have not one but two properties in this stunning region: their home farm, where you can get to know your horses both in the arena and on trail rides across the farm, and their beachside property at Henderson Bay. This property is right in the middle of the action, putting you just a hop, skip and a jump from some of New Zealand’s most beautiful stretches of coastline.
Canter on pristine beachesAs for your mounts, you’ll be riding naturally-trained, home-bred horses that are as brave and honest as the day is long. And for the setting, you’ll skip, trot and canter across pristine beaches on both the east and west coasts. You and your horse will slide down butter-yellow sand dunes, trit-trot through native forests of Kauri and splash through the foaming waves. You’ll sneak up on the herds of wild horses that live in the pine forest, a truly thrilling experience to encounter on a day’s riding. You won’t want to leave this pocket of untouched beauty where it’s just you, your horse and the beauty of Mother Nature.
Start in the stunning Bay of IslandsThe tour begins at Retreat Ranch (Ken and Jane’s home farm) in the beautiful Bay of Islands. The first day and a half you will get to know your horses and go out on exciting rides over the farm and through native bush ride over the farm, through spectacular native bush, along an historic road cut by British Soldiers in 1845 during the Maori Wars and finally to the awe-inspiring, massive, ancient Kauri trees (prepare to be impressed).
Journey NorthAfter lunch on Day 2 you’ll begin your trip north to Henderson Bay. You’ll drive up the scenic east coast, where you’ll gasp at the stunning scenery of Doubtless Bay. You’ll have a mandatory pit-stop (it’s tradition) for an ice cream (included in the ride price) at the ice cream shop, which sits near the beautiful pink sands of Cable Bay, before driving on to your beach cabins at Ken and Jane’s spectacular Henderson Bay property. Once you’ve settled in you’ll go for a sunset ride at Henderson Bay. On your forward-moving horse, you’ll walk, trot and lope over the pink sand beach while absorbing the breathtaking, sprawling sand dunes. Your guides will point out the remnants of the 32-metre-high tsunami that made landfall in the 1400s. If the tides work in your favour (fingers crossed), you’ll get to enjoy a moonlight ride.
The spectacular Far NorthThe next 3 days will be spent riding the spectacular Far North. Days that are jam-packed full of SO MANY highlights, lovely long canters up and down the stunning pink sands of Henderson Bay and the rugged beauty of Ninety Mile Beach. You will ride the sand dunes (it’s exhilarating let me assure you) and tip-toe through ancient forests laden with ferns and spot wild horses. There is breath-taking scenery to be absorbed and secrets waiting to be discovered. Rest assured there is so much country on offer, you won’t ride the same trail twice. Your guides will colour the ride with historical stories while pointing out native flora and fauna. You’ll return to your cabins each evening to enjoy wonderful meals and re-cap on the day’s highlights.
Experience the local sceneryAlso included is a half day where you will get to enjoy the best of the local sightseeing. Your guides will drive you up to Cape Reinga, where you can observe the ‘Columbian Bank’ where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea. You’ll see the spectacular Cape Maria van Diemen and the incredible snow-white sands of the Parengarenga Harbour. You’ll enjoy a leisurely swim at the beautiful Tapotupotu Bay, and boogie board down the giant Te Paki sand dunes. Or, if you prefer, you can sleep in and sit on the beach with a good book. In the afternoon, you’ll say a fond farewell to this patch of paradise and head back to Paihia where you will have dinner. Your hosts will then return you to your accommodation in Paihia in the evening by 9pm.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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The horse hire includes the horse and the equipment/tack for the horse. You will still need to bring your helmet, riding clothes and footwear.
Yes – it is possible to bring your own horse – please contact us about this – we will talk with you about it as we need to make sure that your horse is suitable to bring for the safety and the enjoyment of all on the ride.
International and regional flights, travel insurance (compulsory), alcohol (BYO is welcome).
Twin share accommodation, riding, meals, transfers throughout the ride, and transfers to and from Paihia on days 1 and 5. An ice cream at Cable Bay.
Comfortable twin share cabins with all linen provided and shared shower and toilet facilities.
Our Riding Holidays are suitable for intermediate to experienced riders. All riders MUST be confident riding outside an arena at all paces over uneven ground.
On average from 4 to 6 hours daily.
A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 guests.
Both English and Western tack is used. The horses will be matched to you for size, and temperament and all horses have their own specially fitted saddles.
Yes – Maximum of 95kg. We can take a limited number of riders over this weight – please contact us to discuss.
The pace varies from a walk right through to a canter when the terrain allows, with some long stretches of trotting and cantering along the coast.
A mix of Quarter Horse, Arabian and Tennessee Walking Horse crosses, Clydesdale-Thoroughbred crosses and Warmbloods.