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“Horseback riding for all levels of experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Horse Trek'n - Day Tours

Horse Trek'n - Day Tours
157 Haruru Falls Rd, Paihia 0240, New Zealand
+64 27 233 3490
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Ranked #26 of 38 Activities in Paihia
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Owner description: Welcome to Horse Trek'n. We have a brand new team of very dedicated young ladies this season, ready to take you on an unforgetable adventure. All rides are now split between different riding ablities, so if you are a genuine experienced rider, we garanty you'll have a fabulous experience. Our horses are well trained and take part in our riding school, jumping and dresage, as well as trail riding. For experienced riders, we recommend you try our full day trek so you get a chance to swim with your horse, but if you only have half a day, the volcano ride will offer you fabulous 360 views of the Bay of Islands and the Waitangi Forest. See you soon!
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“Horseback riding for all levels of experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

I'd never even sat on a horse before going to Horse Trek'n, but they made me feel quite comfortable. They were very professional and competent when teaching the basics, and then everyone was quite friendly. The 2-hour trek is lovely, though for those with experience I would warn that it may prove a bit dull, since policy is to walk only (no trotting, et cetera). There is a more technical path with differing speeds available to more experienced riders.

Visited May 2013
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“Great Horse Riding - great people, horses and views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The owners were attentive and very knowledgeable about their horses and which was best for you.

Went for a great 2 hour trek which included outstanding views.

Highly recommended

Visited January 2013
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“Not worth the money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

I am a fairly experienced rider but chose to join the beginners ride as my partner and his sister-in-law are both inexperienced.

The horses seemed to be well looked after and lovely but the track was very boring and it looked out over a lot of deforested areas. Didn't feel like we were riding through forest to be honest.

The instruction for the complete beginners was extremely basic, they weren't even told how to make the horse move forward. One poor girl was struggling a lot to make her horse go and stop eating the grass. They were just chucked on and expected to get on with it.

There was a very brief talk about volcanoes/craters.

There was no opportunity for trotting unless we hung back and caught up.

In conclusion, I wouldn't recommend this place as it is expensive for what it is. It doesn't seem to be a professional outfit either. The guide's bra was hanging out with her cleavage on show and she was riding barefoot.

Visited January 2013
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zoeyjames, Owner at Horse Trek'n - Day Tours, responded to this review, September 16, 2013
Sorry to hear the writter didn't enjoy the experience. Mixed rides are often a chalenge for the guides as it is difficult to please both beginners and experineced riders on the same ride. We have taken these last two reviews on board though and are aiming to send 2 guides out in these situations so the rides can be split. The full time guide who was working at the time is no longer working for us. We do pride ourselves for high standards, well kept happy horses, and impeccable premises and friendly, well presented staff. All the best. Claire
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“Not for anyone that havet been on a horse more than once before”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

They asked us when we booked if we were experienced and we told them yes. When we got there they had put us in a group with kids that hard not been riding ever before. So this became the most boring riding experience of my life. Two hours on a gravel road in a pace that could stop time without any of the anticipated trotting, cantering or beach riding. The instructors told us some short things about the view but most of the time they were just shouting at us to stay in line and keep the bored horses from stopping and eating grass.
I can only recommend this to totally inexperienced persons.

The promised forrest was also mostly cut down

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