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.

$55 per person


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 lots of fun!

$85 per person

Half Day Ride including
a Picnic Lunch

This trek is designed for those that have ridden before and want 3-4 hours in the saddle. We start off at 10am, stop at a scenic picnic spot for lunch then carry on over open countryside. We get back to the stables around 2pm.

$175 per person including lunch and light refreshments. (Minimum booking of three applies)



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...

  • Minimum booking of two people applies.
  • Weight limit is 100kg.
  • Minimum age is 12 years old for our horse treks.
  • We are flexible with booking times.
  • Weather - if it is raining we will still head out, if it is really pouring we will call you to cancel or postpone.
  • Please arrive on time to ensure you enjoy the full length of your booked trek.
  • Upon booking you will be asked for a deposit of $50 this is non-refundable if cancellation is made with less than two weeks notice.
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