BEST HORSES I HAVE EVER RIDDEN
Our family travels all around the world, and we traditionally take a trek where ever we are! Muriwai Beach Horse Treks was the best experience and we would highly recommend it – Hayley and Kate are amazing – young vibrant, entertaining, and have the best horses we have ever come across!! A MUST DO for all and everyone. Thank you girls
- lilly a.
The BEST day out!
We had a fantastic day out at Muriwai with the MBHT team! Highly recommend!!!
- Jake S.
A great experience
well worth a try especially if you have no experience around horse Kate and Haley are extraordinary helpful and know which are right horses for the level of confidence an individual has. I have been a few times and this specific horse trek is brilliant if you want to go for a gallop or canter or if you just want to see some New Zealands amazing scenery and try something new while doing so.
This horse treck is an adventure you dont want to miss
- Elise J.
Best ride in the West.
My husband and I had a fantastic 1/2 day ride out with Hayley & Kate – beautiful scenery, lovely horses and excellent tour guides, we will definitely do it again sometime soon. Thanks girls Kathy
- Kathy S.
I loved Muriwai Beach Horse Treks
Was amazing loved the views and guides were amazing. They helped me be more comfortable with the horse. Definition go again.
- Kouma S.
Great outdoors experiment
Was out at Muriwai Beach horse treks the other day and I must say A+. The staff were all very helpful showing me the reins, a thouroughly enjoyable experience. would recommend to anyone after a spot of adventure in the great outdoors
- Marcus J.
Welcome to Muriwai Beach Horse Treks…
Muriwai Beach Horse Treks Auckland, New Zealand has been voted by The New Zealand Herald as one of the Top Five best horse treks in New Zealand. We have treks to suit all abilities from beginners to experienced people, with horses and ponies to match each riders level.
We cater for all group sizes from small intimate ones to large corporate functions, team building, school holiday programmes, coffee groups birthday parties and more. We provide NZ Safety approved helmets for all riders and wet weather gear when needed.
We are open everyday and ride in most weather conditions.
All our tours start with a brief safety demonstration which includes instruction on how to ride the horse. We have a lovely bunch of horses all chosen for their kind natures and laid back personalities. Our helpful, friendly and mature guides will be there along the way to also give pointers where needed. We aim to make everyone feel comfortable and relaxed for the whole experience.
We trek along the picturesque black sands of Muriwai Beach on New Zealand’s West coast and up through the enchanting forestry of Woodhill. We are located less than 40 minutes northwest of the Auckland CBD and just a short 15 minutes from the end of the North Western motorway.
British website, Travel Essentials, one of the UK’s leading independent online travel essentials providers championed Muriwai Beach Horse Treks in their article on the Top 10 Happiest Cities in The World. When describing ‘what to do’ in the City of Sails they recommended discovering New Zealand’s scenic beauty by experiencing a trek with us. They described the horse adventure as“such a great way to experience the rugged West Coast”.
Bookings are essential and we provide both tourists and locals the best West Auckland horse rides. All our guides are mature, experienced and extremely capable in providing all customers with the best experience possible.
Horseback riding is certainly the best way to experience the exquisite and pristine beach that this part of New Zealand has to offer – and it’s loads of fun.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Founder of MBHT, Hayley has always had a strong passion for horses and took up riding at the age of 6 years old.
Hayley spent her younger years making her way up through the pony club grades and attending many local shows.
After a 6 year stint in the thoroughbred racing industry Hayley moved on to start Muriwai Beach Horse Treks.
It was a lot of long hours and hard work to make it the business it is today but she is very proud of it, and feels very blessed to have the team of both staff and horses working along side her today. “It is a great feeling to be able to provide people with one of the best horse riding experiences in New Zealand.”
After moving from Berlin, Germany to Auckland, New Zealand, Jess joined the MBHT team in December 2015 and has become the new director of the business in October 2016.
Jess has an extensive knowledge of riding and training horses. She started riding when she was 10 years old and is a total horse lover.
The youngest member of our team at just 12 years old, Sophia joined us in February 2015.
Starting off as a shy green rider Sophia has flourished into a very vital part of the business.
She works every weekend, and for the past year she has been a sponge for knowledge and skills around horses. She is very hard working and has a lovely natural energy and feel for a horse. She has taken some of our trekking horses to local shows coming home with lots of ribbons, and also spends a lot of her after school time during the week pampering and giving lots of attention to our lucky horses.
About the Area – Muriwai Beach Auckland New Zealand
Muriwai Beach is just 42kms west of the Auckland CBD, Muriwai beach is definitely worth the drive if you want to experience the amazing scenery of the rugged west coast. Grab some lunch at one of the fine local cafes or spend your day enjoying one or many of the exciting activities Muriwai Beach has on offer!
Unique to the New Zealand Westcoast is our sparkly black sand beaches.
Muriwai Beach has black sand, caused by the iron content derived from the ancient volcanoes in the area, including the large “Kaipara Volcano” which was situated offshore from the Kaipara Heads, and erupted 16-23 million years ago.
The black sand is moved up the west coast of the North Island by longshore drift. The area has retained much of its natural beauty and isolation.
Much of the land at the southern end of the beach is part of the Muriwai Regional Park. Maukatia (Maori Bay) to the south is separated from Muriwai Beach by Otakamiro Point, with its steep cliffs and rocky nesting areas that are home to the region’s only Ganet Colony.
The Regional Park includes the Muriwai Beach Golf Course along Coast Rd, and the area north of Okiritoto Stream is known as the “Five Mile Strip” or “Five Mile Block” as this is its approximate length. The Horse Park (Where we meet for our Treks) is located just to the south of Okiritoto Stream. 4WD access on to the beach is also provided at this point.
Here at the Five Mile block there is plenty of trials to enjoy a nice walk or run through the forest and there is plenty of off leash areas if you would like to bring your dog along.
Woodhill Forest is well known for enchanting a tranquil trials and has been a popular location for film sets. It was transformed into “the white witch’s camp” for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and was also used for parts of Yogi Bear and the Disney movie Bridge to Terabithia.
They also used it for the 2013 remake of the classic horror movie, Evil Dead.
Another very popular activity in the area is surfing.
Surf boards, surfing tuition and sand yachts are available for hire at the Muriwai Surf School near the beach. We also provide Surf and Horse Riding Combo Packages for those interested in both these fun activities at a great discounted price.
There are two yummy cafes in the area one being Muriwai Top shop whom provide delicious café style food and also have a diary for any essentials like sunblock etc that you may have forgotten to bring with you! Top shop also has B&B style accommodation available with amazing views of the ocean. Our second local café is Sand Dunz Café which also has really delicious brunches and lunches for you to sit down and enjoy. Both cafes also have your good old kiwi fish and chips and ice creams!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to Muriwai Beach Horse Treks?
– EXIT Muriwai Beach off State Highway 16 and follow the road to Muriwai Beach (approx. 9 km). Once you reach Motutara Road (entrance to Muriwai Beach) continue for 1.8 km, then take the first right for Coast Road (the fire station is on the corner). Follow Coast Road all the way to the end of the gravel road, past the golf course. Here you will see our white Horse Truck sign written ”Muriwai Beach Horse Treks”.
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How much does it cost?
Prices for horse riding with Muriwai Beach Horse Treks varies depending on the duration of the trek. The price for the 1 hour trek is $75 and for the 2 hour trek $140.
Do we have to be able to ride?
Our horses cater for every level of experience from never-ridden-before to very experienced riders.
I am a VERY EXPERIENCED rider. Can I go for a canter?
Our horses cater for every level of experience from never-ridden-before to very experienced riders.
We are passionate about our horses and giving our customers the best ride possible. We have horses for very experienced riders and are more than happy to take you on a private exciting faster paced ride. The treks on the weekend & during school holidays are limited to walking only, so if you are an experienced rider and would like to go faster then please call Jess on 0064 (0)275357805 and ask for the ‘special group trek for experienced riders only’.
(Please note that for safety reasons, we can only offer this trek to VERY experienced riders)
What do I need to wear?
We recommend long trousers and closed shoes.
Can I bring my camera?
Absolutely, we are happy for you to take pictures to capture those special memories from your horse trekking at Muriwai Beach.
When are you open?
We are open 5-7 days a week depending on the season.
The 1 hour treks are at 10am and 2:30pm. The 2 hour trek is at 11:30am.
Please note: You must be at the Horsepark 30min prior to trek departure as it takes a lot of time to put helmets on etc., go through the safety demonstration and match the riders with their horses.
Do I need to book?
Yes, booking is essential to reserve your horse. The horses don’t live at the beach and we only bring the required number of horses to the Horsepark depending on bookings.
What happens if it is raining?
We do ride in light rain, but not in torrential rain, heavy wind, thunder & lightening.
We will call you in advance in case we need to cancel/reschedule due to bad weather as we don’t want to risk our customers’ safety. If you can’t come another day we will refund you the full amount back onto your credit card.
What happens if I would like to reschedule due to a bad weather forecast or any other reason?
The weather at Muriwai Beach is very changeable and the weather forecast quite unreliable. However, if you are unsure please call 24 hours in advance to reschedule your horse trek. We are happy to postpone and transfer your deposit as required.
What happens if I need to cancel?
CANCELLATION POLICY: We do have a 72 hours cancellation policy. A cancellation fee of $10 will be deducted from the client’s refund – per horse booked.
This refund only applies if the client cancels at least 72 hours before the horse trek.
What happens if I don’t turn up for my horse ride?
As it is a lot of work to get the horses transported to the beach and ready for your trek (it takes 3 hours before the first ride AND 3 hours after the last ride), we can’t offer a refund for “no shows”. We often have a wait list for our treks especially on weekends and we can’t reassign your horse if you don’t let us know in advance.
If you can’t make your ride for whatever reason please let us know 24 hours in advance and we are happy to work out another suitable time for you.
What happens if I don’t arrive 30min prior to trek departure for the safety demonstration?
We want to keep all our riders safe. Therefore you will receive a safety demonstration before the ride. If you miss the safety demonstration we can’t take you on the trek. We depart on a strict timetable and we can’t hold back other customers for late arrivals! Please make sure you arrive 30min before your ride! We don’t offer rescheduling nor refunds for late arrivals!
What is the minimum age for kids?
We take kids from 5 years onwards on our 1 hour trek. The minimum age for the 2 hour trek is 11 years (unless the child has had riding lessons).
We are happy to walk next to your child if you wish.
Are there toilet facilities available?
There is a toilet at the Horse Park where we meet.
Where can I get a bite to eat before and after my trek?
There are 2 local cafes in Muriwai – The Topshop or the Sand Dunz.