1 Rankers Review
20 Horse Trekking
13 Farm Experiences
Escape civilisation and explore the hidden plteaus of North Taranaki on a personally tailored, horse-back experience. All experience levels and ages are welcome.
Be transported up Pukatea Hill by 4WD to the hidden plateaus of North Taranaki and meet our multi-talented and responsive herd of over 40 horses and ponies.
Forget time and engage in a horse-back experience like no other. Get up close and personal with your horse on the ground before we saddle up and head out to explore our diverse and magical landscape.
All experiences are personally tailored to suit your age and level of experience. Native forest, waterfalls, panoramic views, horse-back water play...
Located less than an hour from New Plymouth, on the road that links to the Forgotten Highway, we have Mt Damper Falls 15 mins in one direction and The Three Sisters 20 mins in the other.
Book in for an equine experience like no other.
North Island ▷ Taranaki ▷ Tongaporutu
Operating Season And Hours
No set times and days for adventure! We do however only offer certain adventures during the winter months and don't operate during July and August
Even if (like us) you've never ridden before, this is a must do!!!! We booked it with Lisa by email and she called on the morning of the trek to double check all was okay. The location takes some beating - as will your car if you attempt to drive up to the stables. Instead, leave it at the bottom and pre-arrange a lift with Lisa - walking up is not for the faint-hearted!
Everyone was really helpful and patient with us - our horses were picked for their patience too. Before the trek, you spend time brushing the horses and getting to know them before saddling up and heading out. The scenery is amazing and being up in the mountains, there is nothing to hear but the birds. It really felt like we'd left everything behind and there was nothing else - a truly magical experience. There are over 70 horses up there so you meet a few on your trek - many have come from the annual muster of Kaimanawa wild horses.
If you want to experience NZ on horseback, this is the perfect way to do it - you couldn't ask for better guides and horses. This is something special :))))
Horses @Pukatea Hill responds:
I am really sorry it's taken 7 years to respond. At the time I didn't know I could! I still remember our ride and I have after a long break rebirthed. No longer Okau Horse Treks...same people same place even some of the same horses..new name Horses @Pukatea Hill...same fun...new stories...Thanks for your wonderful review...I read this along time ago and saved it because it was awesome! Thank you and I hope we get to take you riding again!