Swimming with horses? That’s new to me! Horse riding outdoors is one of my favorite things to do during my holidays, so why not in Turangi, New Zealand? Just for a couple of hours, not for days in a row. Turangi is a village located just south of Lake Taupo, an excellent base for the famous Tongariro Crossing. And it happens to be that you can go horse riding including swimming with horses in Turangi!
Korohe Horse Treks
I had a wonderful experience, so please let me share some tips with you. In the morning I drove up to the ranch of Korohe Horse Treks. My cousin recommended them as she went horse riding in Turangi a few months before. It was such a beautiful sunny day! John and Sammii were already waiting, a lovely couple who run their business with passion. John belongs to the Maori tribe (Iwi) Tuwharetoa, who got the land back a number of years ago.
As a 10-year-old girl I was obsessed with horses and I enjoy riding since.
The horses of Korohe Horse Treks are definitely not average; they are obviously well-trained and used to go through thick forest and a rocky, deep river. My horse Uira was so brave and dutiful around the Waimaro River! This is not something you can do with any horse.
When the river gets so deep that the horse starts to swim, is an indescribable feeling. It made me smile from ear to ear.
What a memorable and unique ride, one of the best I have ever done in my entire life! I felt already super lucky to be able to do this, go riding and swimming with the horses. Moreover because it was a private ride with just Sammii and me. Super serene, lovely horses and such a beautiful scenery.
I am so grateful my Kiwi cousin Astrid told me about this fantastic ride! I would recommend it to any horse lover.
Of course I wished that the trek would have lasted longer when the ranch came into view again. If you want to go all the way to Kaimanawa Forest Park, book the half-day experience (see below for details). It is not cheap but definitely worth it!
Korohe Horse Treks offers several kinds of horse treks, depending on the experience and preference of the rider(s):
- 20 min lead rein with small forest ride NZ$40
- 1hour forest walk NZ$70, fast pace NZ$150
- 1hour forest and river walk NZ$90, fast pace NZ$170
- 1.5 hour forest & river walk NZ$130, fast pace NZ$200
- Half day experience (2.5-3 hours in the saddle, briefing, etc.) forest & river NZ$400
- No full day or multiple day possibilities
Obviously I would recommend one of those treks that include going to the river as it will mean you will be swimming with horses!
These rides are professionally and patiently guided to ensure all riders are safe and comfortable. You do not necessarily need to have riding experience.
What to bring
Going horse riding with Korohe Horse Treks in Turangi? I would recommend to bring the following items.
- Cash NZD to pay for the ride
- Waterproof camera or smartphone
- Water bottle
- Riding gloves*
Besides a jeans and T-shirt, I was so glad I wore my water shoes! Riding caps are provided. I could leave my car key with John, who stayed at the ranch while Sammii and I were going on a ride.
Should you need riding gloves* or anything like that, go to Williams Tack and Feed in Taupo.
Contact Korohe Horse Treks
For horse riding in Turangi please contact John and Sammii of Korohe Horse Tracks. One of the easiest ways is to contact them via Facebook Messenger.
- 29 Kepa Road, Turangi, New Zealand (North Island)
- tel: +64 22 167 2112
- [email protected]
Please tell John and Sammii I said hi!
If you are interested to read more about:
- Tongariro Crossing
- Other activities in/near Turangi
- Where to stay in Turangi
- Where to eat in Turangi
- How to get to Turangi
- Camper rental
- Map with activities, accommodation, etc.
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I hope this article was interesting and useful for you. Did you ever go swimming with horses or would like to? Please feel free to leave a comment or question below. Also if you know of any other locations in New Zealand where one can go swimming with horses!?