Email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to:
Auckland Regional Parks
Private Bag 92300
We will contact you when we receive your application.
Renew your horse riding pass
To renew your horse riding pass, contact our regional parks team on 09 366 2000.
You do not need to complete an application form.
Regional park horse riding terms and conditions
We will withdraw permission to ride horses in any regional park from riders who disregard the following conditions:
- Each horse rider in a regional park must have a valid pass and carry it while riding.
- Wear an approved helmet when you ride.
- Riders under 18 years old must be supervised by an adult rider at all times.
- Horse riding is only allowed during the opening hours displayed at the park's entrance.
- Riders must not canter or gallop horses unless it is part of an approved permit or event.
- Riders must stay on tracks or designated areas shown on park maps. Realignment of these tracks may occur to avoid very wet areas or to avoid pasture damage. Riders should avoid tracks that have become boggy due to heavy rain.
- Riders are responsible for their mounts at all times.
- Leading horses without riders is not permitted – except at the Hūnua Ranges, Muriwai and Whakanewha.
- Ensure horses do not browse or graze native vegetation.
- Horses must not be tied to trees or branches. Hitching rails may be provided but remove any hitching rail ropes after use.
- Report lost horses to park staff immediately.
- Let park staff know if you need access to a horse float to move an injured animal.
Horse riding guidelines for specified beaches
You can ride horses at Algies Beach, Hatfields Beach, Martins Bay Beach, Omaha Beach, Orewa Beach and Snells Beach if you meet thr following conditions:
- If riding between 1 December and 15 February (including weekends) horses are only allowed on the beach before 10am and after 7pm.
- Horses are prohibited at Easter weekend (Friday to Monday inclusive) and Labour weekend (Saturday to Monday inclusive).
Horses can also be ridden at Karioitahi Beach – a black sand beach located on the south western coast of Auckland.
You must meet the following conditions:
- Unload horses only in the signed area near the beach entrance. Remove all manure from the unloading area.
- There is a "walking only" zone for 500m either side of the entrance. Between 10am and 6pm from Labour Weekend to the end of March, horses are restricted to walking within this 1km zone.
- Horses must remain within 10m of the water's edge within the 1km zone when possible, and horse manure must also be removed from this area.
Noticeboards at the beach entrance include all the rules relating to horse riding.
Horse riding on beaches and other public places
In a public place, horse owners must:
- remove or safely dispose of horse manure
- show consideration for other users at all times
- ride or lead their horse in a manner that does not intimidate, cause a danger or nuisance to other people
- ensure horses are not ridden or led through bird breeding areas
- not ride or lead their horse on coastal dunes except when accessing the beach, an adjoining property or road - use a direct route
- ensure horses are ridden below the high tide mark if on a beach, so manure can be washed away
- not ride at high tide to avoid potential conflict with other beach users.
If you come across kauri dieback cleaning stations, follow the instructions and spray both your footwear and your horse's hooves.
Pay special attention if riding in the Hūnua Ranges or you have previously ridden in areas with kauri.
Horse floats and trucks
Horse floats and trucks must remain at the designated unloading and parking areas.
Be careful there are no hay seeds in your truck or float and remove all horse manure from the unloading and parking areas. This is to prevent the spread of weed species.
Consider the environment and other people
Some tracks and trails are shared with walkers and mountain bike riders.
Many people are frightened of horses so avoid startling others. Make way for others if you can.
Consider the following guidelines:
- Protect plants and other animals.
- Remove your rubbish.
- Avoid sensitive natural, historical and archaeological areas.
- Leave farm gates as you find them (unless there are specific instructions).
- Stick to marked trails or tracks unless you are sure paddock riding is permitted.
- Ride slowly through any farm paddocks so farm animals are not disturbed.
- Report any damage, graffiti or inappropriate behaviour to a ranger.
- Respect areas set aside for other users.
You can find more information on responsible horse riding at New Zealand Horse Network and the New Zealand Bridleways Code.