Sharing a travel writing piece I wrote on behalf of Omega Car Rentals.
If you are planning a trip to New Zealand’s largest city, you should definitely consider adding the wonderful Pakiri Beach Horse Rides to your list of things to do in Auckland. Not only will you get to see some of the most spectacular scenery the North Island has to offer, you’ll also get meet some of the most down to earth and passionate people in New Zealand.
Pakiri Beach Horse Rides are only a 90 minute drive from downtown Auckland. It is an easy day trip, or if you have more time available, you have the choice of beautiful accommodation on site. The gorgeous Matakana Wine Trail is just minutes away as well so you can really make the most of your time in the stunning north of the country.
You will have the opportunity to ride the trails of Maori ancestors, visit the ancient Pa site (Maori village and settlement) of a paramount chief, which is situated high above the Pacific Ocean. You will hear stories from the past and see how wonderful the land and people are in the present. Truly an experience you will never forget.
What better way to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Pakiri Beach than taking guided horse trek (Photo credit: Pakiri Beach Horse Rides)
Pakiri Beach Horse Rides have been consistently regarded as one of the very best New Zealand horse treks. You have the choice of different treks to suit your time requirements and experience levels. There are so many options to choose from. There are one hour, two hour, half day, full day and sundown treks if you only have a day to spend in the area. You will be able to ride on the deserted Pakiri Beach, over dunes and through the Pohutukawa Groves (pohutukawa trees are one of New Zealand’s native trees also known as the Christmas tree because in summer they bloom a magnificent red). There are rides for novice riders, those who may be a little nervous, and for children who are over 5 years old. There are also a range of more challenging rides for confident riders who thirst for adventure and love being surrounded by the bush, rich farmland and of course the golden sands of Pakiri Beach.
If you have a little more time you can do an Overnight Safari which is a two day trek where you spend the night in a beach cabin or a chalet overlooking one of the local lakes. Everything, including evening and breakfast food, is supplied.
Pakiri Beach offer a range of scenic horse treks for riders of all abilities (Photo credit: Pakiri Beach Horse Rides)
The Warrior Trail is a five day trek which includes a one night stay at a Marae that still runs on the traditions of the past. Auckland activities don’t come any more authentic than this. If there are less than six people in your group there is a delightful boat shed cottage you can stay in and swim in the harbour Perfect after a day horse riding. The five day horse trek will leave you spellbound with all the beauty you will see on your travels. Truly unique and truly breathtaking.
You can partake in a three day trek as well, called Rahui’s ride. Pakiri Beach Horse Rides, an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. This is an exceptional chance to experience the very best the Auckland Region has to offer. For visitors wanting to get to Pakiri Beach, collect an Auckland hire car from Omega, and head north on State Highway 1.