Horse Riding near Palmerston North

Come and join us for a Horse trek in Apiti, just one hour’s drive from Palmerston North, Manawatu and enjoy some of New Zealand's finest scenery.

Ride with views of the Ruahine Ranges, working farmland, native bush, waterfalls and rivers. With our quiet horses, peaceful rural setting and experienced guide, you will finish feeling relaxed, revitalised and wanting more!

Please see below for our booking terms and conditions.

Makoura Lodge Horse trek options


One Hour Ride

Our one hour trek is a good option for beginner's or people who haven't ridden before. Our guide will give you plenty of encouragement and tuition along the way. This ride takes you on a scenic loop around our farmland.

$65 per person

Minimun booking of three applies

Manawatu One Hour Horse Ride

Two Hour Ride

This is our most popular ride also suitable for active beginners to more experienced riders. We ride down the Coal Creek river, through native bush, up and down hills, past deep gorges and along terraces over looking the beautiful Ruahine Range.

Great value for money and loads of fun!

$110 per person

Minimum booking of two applies


Horses Helping humans body language & personal development workshop

Horses Helping Human’s™ is an internationally recognised, interactive, practical and award-winning programme. You will learn about your communication style, personality profile, and what your stress response is with your body language when under pressure. You will work on the ground with horses doing specific exercises (no prior horse experience required). Non-judgmental body language analysis is provided, which offers ways to improve: communication, leadership skills, healthy boundaries, confidence, and emotional well-being. See more here >>>>


We provide...

Helmets, an experienced and safety conscious guide, well cared for horses, sunscreen, wet weather gear if required, food and water where applicable.

What you need to bring...

Please come dressed with long trousers, fully covered footwear, warm clothes and wet weather gear just in case! Bring your camera along too.

booking terms and conditions...

  • Weight limit is 100 kg (strict).

  • Minimum age is 12 years old regardless of experience.

  • Weather - if it is raining we will still head out, if it is really pouring we will call you to cancel or postpone at no expense to you.

  • Please arrive on time to ensure you enjoy the full length of your booked trek. If you are late your trek will be shortened to the time we would have originally completed the ride.

  • Upon booking you will be asked for a deposit of $50 this is non-refundable upon cancellation and postponement. This can be paid via credit card on direct debit.

  • Prior to your trek we will ask you to fill out a consent form asking for any information that may affect your ability to participate in the horse trek.

The best horse trek in New Zealand!!!
With both land and river section, the stunning track that we took during our horse trek blew out mind! It was easy enough for entry level riders but challenging enough to have a bit of fun. The horses were spot on and matched our personalities perfectly making this trek an unforgettable experience.
— Robin Censure, The Backpacker Guide NZ