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Guidelines for riding horses at regional parks and beaches

Terms and conditions for riding in regional parks

  • Each horse rider in a regional park must have a valid pass and carry it while riding. You can apply for a horse riding pass on the Get a horse riding pass page.
  • 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 the tracks or designated areas shown on park maps. 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 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.

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.

Kauri dieback

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.

For more information see Protect our kauri trees.

Horse floats and trucks

Horse floats and trucks must remain at the designated unloading and parking areas.

To prevent the spread of weeds species, remove all hayseeds from your truck or float. Also, remove all horse manure from the unloading and parking areas.

Additional guidelines

You can find more information on responsible horse riding at New Zealand Horse Network and the New Zealand Bridleways Code.