You find yourself in the middle of a beautiful beach, with white sands and crystalline water surrounding you, the wind softly touches your skin, and the waves make that relaxing sound that we all love… What is the only thing that could turn that moment into a more majestic and unforgettable experience? That’s right, riding a beautiful, imposing, big white horse all around this unbelievable land. This is definitely a way different adventure from the others, but you certainly won’t forget it. Pack all your animal lover t-shirts and let’s take a ride over New Zealand.
Get your horse
The beautiful beach of Pakiri, on New Zealand, is one of the most amazing landscapes that you would ever see, its beauty once was captured in the famous film The Piano, and other filmmakers have done the same as well, we can’t blame them. Located on a northern island of New Zealand, this beach offers you a wonderful view and the chance to ride a horse all over the place. If you love animals and landscapes, this should be heaven for you. For the locals this is a special, spiritual and historical experience, so be sure to enjoy it as much as they want you to enjoy their culture and their majestic animals.
How to get there
The beach is a little more than a two-hour drive from Auckland, on the north-east coast, and it extends for 21 km. Hidden from view by dunes and a sea of moving grass, it is one of those concealed, not really going somewhere, sort of spots. With only a group of little, wood-slatted farmhouses sprinkled on its edge, there is plenty of space for you to jog, gallop and dash to your heart’s content. To start your trip, remember that Air New Zealand flies daily to Auckland.
History and culture
History can be found everywhere around this place, taking us far back to the first Maori settlers, who fished off the shoreline with hand-sewn nets and cultivated the fields around them. With supplies packed in a saddle bag, what better approach to appreciate this than by taking up the reins and riding along one of the region’s most rewarding trails: the Te Kiri Warrior Trail.
A feature of this adventure is to climb over the white sands of Pakiri to Pa, where the fortress of Te Kiri, a previous Maori head of the zone, once stood. From here, there are clear views over the Hauraki Gulf to the Pacific Ocean and the Little Barrier and Great Barrier islands, also called Hauturu and Aotea, and to the Hen and Chicken Islands and even Auckland itself.
After a hard ride following the ways of Taukokopu,, you will probably want a little rest and there is no better near option than the Omaha marae (meeting house) of the region’s Maori people. You can take a walk, put your horse out to graze in the surrounding enclosure and enjoy a customary welcome.
You will need a five-hour ride south the Pakiri to make it to the rough terrains were the marae is placed. Warm voices invite you to go into the marae, where you can enjoy stories from the hosts and feel like one of them, following traditions like the nose touching welcome and other unique cultural features.
When the night falls, covers and sleeping bags may not be the most extravagant experience, but it is rather extraordinary, just think about that Maori legend that says that you have been honored by the spirits if you sleep along these amazing people in this amazing place. After a couple of days of riding, new ocean air and stories of warrior sprinters, you will truly feel honored by every single spirit, and you won’t ever forget the days you spent in here.
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