Top 5 trails for horse riding
Saddle up and get set for five of Wellington’s best trails for horse riding. As these are all shared trails you’ll encounter walkers, runners and riders so it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with our tips on shared trail etiquette.
3. Pakuratahi Forest
Pakuratahi Forest is a haven for horse riders, with three different forestry routes to follow through lush regenerating bush. Each of the trails join up with the popular Remutaka Cycle Trail, so keep an eye out for cyclists and other recreational users along the way. Keep in mind that horses are not permitted inside the tunnels on the Remutaka Cycle Trail. You can contact the Greater Wellington Regional Council in Upper Hutt to arrange gate access.
5. Battle Hill Farm Forest Park
Featuring a great variety of terrain, Battle Hill Farm is a very popular horse riding destination near Pauatahanui, in Porirua. With good parking and room for horse floats, there’s also a paddock behind the homestead nearby for grooming if required. A popular spot for pony clubs, the jumps are for organised equestrian events only and casual use is not permitted. No horse riding is allowed in the front paddocks or the bush reserve.