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Punakaiki Horse Treks

Horseback riding, Outdoor Activities
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Address: State Highway 6, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 3 731 1839
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We aren't practiced riders, it's been years and we've only ridden Western saddle. Here it's English saddle, of course it's New Zealand. Not as different as I had feared. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Richard K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We aren't practiced riders, it's been years and we've only ridden Western saddle. Here it's English saddle, of course it's New Zealand. Not as different as I had feared. We took the 'beginners' ride' following the river up the valley. Beautiful scenery, picnic tea in the woods, and no insect pests. The horses know what to do, and the guides... More 

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Post Falls, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

So I decided to do some horseback riding and I had a blast. The scenery is beautiful and they really took good care of us. Its great even if you have no experience at all. The horses can get a little wild, but that makes it even better. I hope I remember our guides name, but I believe it was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Surprised my daughter for her 13th on this horse adventure.was met by the owner Neil on arrival who was very helpful and a pleasure to meet. The horses were so nice and gentle and the guides were awesome at gearing us up helping us and talking a bit about our horses and chosing them to suit us. We rode out... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

It was back in December of 2013 that my 20 year-old daughter and I had the pleasure of an amazing horseback ride with Punakaiki Horse treks. I had every intention of writing a review then but, alas, I have never written a review before and time slipped by. Recently, we were looking at pics and were reminded that it was... More 

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Hailsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I have not been horse riding before and was nervous and not sure what to expect. I was taught enough about being on a horse to get by without it taking up a lot of riding time. The guide - Laura - was experienced, knowledgeable and quickly gained my confidence in her ability to safely manage the horses. She was... More 

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Picton, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I joined a couple who already booked and enjoyed the same beautiful scenery that I have walked in - along the river and back down to the beach. I was surprised that the 'lesson' was just how to hold the reins and point the toes as am used to developing the relationship with a horse. It was expensive for just... More 

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Punakaiki, Owner at Punakaiki Horse Treks, responded to this review

Thanks Paul for your review, however we would like to state that our policy with the rides is not to take anyone for a trot or canter unless we feel they are in control of their horse and look stable in their seat. We want to offer a safe and enjoyable ride for everyone and making the decision to go... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Thanks to the owners of this business for providing our family with a complete and fantastic first time horse riding experience. We spent in total about 2.5 hours meandering through lush trails, creek beds, stopping for tea and biscuits then returning for a short time on the beautiful beach. The horses where fantastic. Being first timers on horses we were... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Thank you Ana and Laura for a wonderful informative trek, just the two of us and you two, allowed us to have excellent one on one attention. The scenery up the valley was beautiful, the river crossings thrilling, due to the heavy rain of the previous few days and the hurricane. Tea and bikkies at the hut just lent to... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Just a wonderful experience. Beautiful west coast landscape, amazing rainforest vegetation (despite the tail end of a hurricane a week before!), character horse personalities, all brilliantly led by Laura and Ana. Thanks also to horses Sonny, Kirsty and Bobby, and the rain that stayed away! One very happy 8-yr old.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We had a great time on this ride. Excellent value and wonderful hosts--Neal and Sam. Horses were well cared for and ride was interesting and scenic. Enjoyed very much. Thank you

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