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Experience an exhilarating horse trek through beautiful NZ countryside

Horse treks for beginners and experienced riders


Pass lakes and streams as you trek through beautiful NZ countryside

Giddy-yup! I’m on horseback and setting of on an exciting horse trek from The Farmhouse through the spectacular Rotorua countryside. I pass lakes and streams and am totally awed by panoramic views of Lake Rotorua and Mount Tarawera.

I am also totally confident that I am in the best hands possible for an exhilarating horse trek through some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer.

With over 80 mounts, The Farmhouse offers the largest horse trekking and riding holiday facility in New Zealand and all riding levels are welcome.

With horse names such as Pudding and Songbird or Swift and Surge, I was assured there are gentle mounts for the young and inexperienced as well as stronger, more confident horses for the more experienced.

My mount is a gentle horse called, suitably, Dream. They told me she was super-safe for nervous riders and so she proved to be as we ambled gently along.

The friendly, expert guys at The Farmhouse provide helpful instructions for the less experienced rider, while helmets, boots and wet weather gear (if necessary) are provided for all.

So there is no reason whatsoever not to book up a memorable trek during the crisp, cool days of winter. Believe me, after a 60, 90 or 120 minute trek, you will definitely be warmed up and exhilarated by the spectacular scenery you ride through.
So grab the reins, get in the saddle and book your horse trek holiday now!








Mangonui Harbour

A beautiful historic town to visit with a great vibe!


Doubtless Bay, in the Far North of New Zealand is home to the historic harbour and waterfront village of Mangonui.

It is a quiet tourist village now with a wonderful vibe, filled with quaint waterfront restaurants, coffee shops and bars. The historic buildings are all beautifully restored and the harbour is magical with clear waters heaving with fish ready for those who want to venture out and gather it.

This is one of the original and oldest towns in New Zealand for both Maori and European history.

Kupe, the original Polynesian navigator is known to have visited this area about 900 AD in the canoe Mamaru.

Mangonui was known as a safe harbour for whaling vessels by the late 1700s and in 1831 the first European settlers arrived.

Historic Mangonui

By the mid-1800s, Mangonui was a centre for whalers and traders; the sawmilling, flax and gum industries were flourishing. In the 1900s, these industries declined, roads replaced the sea as the main transport route and Mangonui became a much quieter place.

There is a well looked after Heritage Trail which provides a glimpse of the great wealth of Maori and European history associated with this area.

To watch a scenic video of the area:

Mangonui restored buildings


Mangonui Harbour

Mangonui new waterfront

Kayaking Adventure

Coastal Kayakers Nature Trip

Kayaking in New Zealand is something everyone can do as it is a country surrounded by sea and filled with rivers and lakes.

It’s a sport that can have a full range of easy to hard specs and can be enjoyed by families with children in safe calm environments and full-on excitement and extreme conditions for the thrill seeker.

As a tourist it a fabulous way to see the coastline in some areas around New Zealand where there are so many secluded bays and islands that are inaccessible by any method other than by boat and it is a way to enjoy nature without the noise of a petrol engine so that the birds and wildlife can be discovered in their natural environment.

One company Coastal Kayakers in Paihia is combining kayaking with nature walking offering a whole nature experience this winter.

Coastal Kayakers

Park your car by our beach base and walk the stunning Haruru Falls walking track. Along the beautiful Waitangi river to the unique horse shoe shaped waterfall.

Nature walking track

When you’ve reached the water fall we will deliver kayaks for you to make your way through amazing mangrove forests and stunning bird life.

Haruru Falls Kayaks

Haruru Falls

Paddle your way back down the Waitangi river to our beach base at the end of the river.

Kayaking through mangroves

mangroves waitangi

This is an amazing activity for everyone to enjoy and something fun to do on a weekend not too far from Auckland.

Kayak Bay of Islands

If you are interested call 0800 334661 or 09 4028105 | Coastal Kayakers – Bay of Islands.

She's a Lady Yacht Charters

Guest Blog by Glen Coulton, She's a Lady Yacht Charters, Bay of Islands

A Day Sailing trip on She’s A Lady in the Bay of Islands gives you a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy this amazing area.

The Bay of Islands and it’s Maritime park are world renown for it’s sheltered waters, great sailing conditions, plentiful marine life and beautiful islands. You’ll always find a calm bay, clear water and somewhere to go ashore and wander. Captain Cook enjoyed the area so much he spent 6 days anchoring up here to relax and restock his ship. Other’s to follow included the whalers and early settlers, attracted by the beauty and snug harbours.

She’s A Lady’s Island Sailing Adventure not only gives you the chance to sail, help out and learn the ropes but also experience a few other water based activities. We cater for all ages and attract friendly people that want to have a fun day. The day starts by sailing out to the main island group to find an anchorage in a sheltered bay. You’ll have heaps of shore time to kayak, swim, snorkel and take a walk to check out some amazing views. You won’t go hungry either as we provide a picnic style lunch to be enjoyed on the beach. During the day we often encounter dolphins, penguins and other marine life plus with a little luck you may hook a fish as we tow a lure behind while under sail.

On top of all this, your skipper/guide will not only fill you in on finer arts of sailing and the sea but explain a little about the history of the Bay and other points of interest. 


Glacier Country

Glacier Country - A magical and magnificent place.

We have just spent the most amazing time in the Glacier Country in the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

This area of New Zealand can truly be described as Magnificent. The beauty is something that can only be experienced by being there. It envelopes itself all around and through you and brings a feeling of wonder and calmness to the sole.

The Franz Joseph Glacier and Fox Glacier townships are also rocking little villages and hives of activity with so much to do. There are Glacier hikes, Glacier helicopter flights, amazing walks everywhere, stunning reflective lakes, hot pools, kiwi educational centres, great restaurants and café’s and really lovely people all having an amazing time.

The whole area is covered with dense beautiful rain forest – New Zealand native bush.  Just one step off the road anywhere and it looks like a totally landscaped garden covered in moss, ferns, beautiful canopy and filled with beautiful little inquisitive birds like the New Zealand Fantail. It is dense and would be easy to get lost though, so it’s a good idea to go on known tracks and not to go too many steps off the trails.

The wonderful thing about New Zealand bush is that there are no poisonous or dangerous animals like many other places in the world. It is a safe place to go to experience the wonder of nature without worrying about any nasty little or big surprises.

The glaciers themselves are amazing sights of nature at its grandest. There are ice faces over 100 feet tall and amazing turquoise blue perfectly clear ice melt ponds in summer. The helicopter flights are an amazing way to see them up close and the unique features like huge waterfalls that disappear under the ice.

Watch the video for Glacier Country to see a glimpse of what there is to see and do and start planning to go there to truly experience it for yourself. 

Franz Joseph Glacier large cracks

Lake Matheson bush walk Franz Joseph

Glacier Country bush hike Lake Matheson


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