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Where you can ride a horse

Recreational horse riding is allowed in nine regional parks and on several Auckland beaches. You will need a pass to ride in a regional park.

​Ride a horse in a regional park

Ātiu Creek Regional Park

  • Open from 6am to 9pm during daylight saving, and 6am to 7pm outside of daylight saving.
  • Group limit is 20 riders.
  • Dogs prohibited at all times.
  • Horse riding pass required.
  • Combination code required to access the unloading/parking area.
  • A key is required to unlock the park’s internal gates. You can purchase this key for $10 when you apply for your horse riding pass.

Read more about Ātiu Creek Regional Park.

Āwhitu Regional Park

  • Group limit is 10 riders.
  • Access to the beach is not permitted through the campground, wetlands or main arrival zone.
  • Dogs prohibited at all times.

Read more about Āwhitu Regional Park.

Duder Regional Park

  • Closed for lambing season between 1 July and 30 September.
  • Group limit is 10 riders.
  • Horses not permitted on beaches or the shell bank.
  • Dogs prohibited at all times.

Read more about Duder Regional Park.

Hūnua Ranges Regional Park

  • There are designated trails through the Lower Mangatawhiri Valley along a gravel road, through grass paddocks and bush, and along the Mangatawhiri River.
  • A main loop down to the Lower Mangatawhiri campground has extra linking tracks across it.
  • Group limit is 10 riders.
  • Riders may lead one other horse.
  • Entry is through a locked Watercare gate. The combination often changes, so if you need access, contact the sector office on 09 261 8001 at least 24 hours before you intend to ride. Ensure the gate is relocked when entering or leaving the park.
  • Due to safety issues, dogs cannot accompany horse riders in this park.
  • A horse riding pass cannot be used in conjunction with a recreational hunting (feral pigs) permit.
  • All vehicles and floats must park in the unloading area.
  • Mangatangi Hill Road is a Watercare operational road and care needs to be taken at all times. Any vehicles found past Graeme White Road may have their permit revoked without review.

Read more about Hūnua Ranges Regional Park.

Muriwai Regional Park

  • Riding area includes Okiritoto Stream.
  • Group limit is 20 riders.
  • Riders may lead two horses.

Read more about Muriwai Regional Park.

Pae O Te Rangi Farm (located in the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park)

Park alert

Currently closed for horse riding to protect our kauri trees.

  • ​Riding may be restricted in winter due to ground conditions.
  • Group limit is 10 riders.
  • Horses may require shoes due to the metal roads at Pae O Te Rangi Farm.

Read more about Pae O Te Rangi Farm.

Te Rau Pūriri Regional Park

  • Horses are not permitted on the beach.
  • Riding may be restricted in winter due to ground conditions.
  • Group limit is 10 riders.

Read more about Te Rau Pūriri Regional Park

Waitawa Regional Park

  • Horses are allowed on the beach near the parking area.
  • Horse riding permitted in most areas, except the downhill mountain bike trails.
  • Group limit is 20 riders.

Read more about Waitawa Regional Park.

Whakanewha Regional Park

  • Keep below the shell bank when riding on the beach.
  • From 1 October to 28 February, riders must steer clear of the beach area during high tide to avoid shorebird nesting sites.
  • Cantering is permitted on the beach only from 1 March to 31 July when clear of other users. At all other times, cantering and galloping are prohibited.
  • Use the hitching rail by the pōhutukawa and on the central track.
  • Riders may lead one other horse.
  • Group limit is 10 riders.

Read more about Whakanewha Regional Park.

Ride a horse on a beach

Karioitahi Beach

  • You can only unload horses 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.
  • Within this 1km walking-only zone, horses must remain within 10m of the water’s edge when possible. Horse manure must be removed from this area.

Noticeboards at the beach entrance include all the rules relating to horse riding.

Other beaches

You can also ride horses at:

  • Algies Beach
  • Hatfields Beach
  • Martins Bay Beach
  • Omaha Beach
  • Ōrewa Beach
  • Snells Beach.

From 1 December to 15 February, horses are only allowed on these beaches before 10am and after 7pm. Horses are prohibited on Easter weekend and Labour weekend.

If you are riding a horse on these beaches, you must:

  • remove or safely dispose of horse manure
  • show consideration for other users at all times
  • ride or lead your horse in a manner that does not intimidate, cause a danger or nuisance to other people
  • not ride or lead your horse through bird breeding areas
  • not ride or lead your horse on coastal dunes except when accessing the beach via 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.