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Horse Trekking

Not only is a guided horse trek a special and unique experience, the horse owners will also share their deep love and respect for the animal along with one or two of the better kept secrets that the Ruapehu bush has to offer.

Horse treks at Blue Duck Station

  • Description:  The Back Country Trail rides are suitable for all levels of experience from complete beginners to advanced riders.  The scenery varies from native bush canopy to pine tree forests, ridge top tracks and mountain views.  
  • Time: Treks last 3 to 4 hours
  • Price:  $145 per person, pre-booking is essential and we require a minimum of 2 people.  To arrange a trek either call on 07 895 6276 or email
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Horse treks with Ruapehu Homestead

Horse treks for younger new riders

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  • Description : A trail ride designed especially for young children.
    For a special first experience on a horse we encourage families to participate.
  • Time : For up to 30 minutes in the Homestead paddock.
  • Prices : Child $25.00 / Adult $40.00

Horse treks for first time riders

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  • Description : A guided ride for all levels of experience, giving safety hints for an added boost of confidence. A scenic ride to a mountain stream. Mainly for riders over 12 years of age.
  • Time : One hour
  • Prices : Child $40.00 / Adult $50.00
  • Description : A great ride for those new to riding and those who want to know more. We introduce you to the horse and skills of riding followed by a short ride close to the homestead.
    Suitable for riders of any age.
  • Time : One hour
  • Prices : Child $40.00 / Adult $50.00

Horse treks for more experienced riders

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  • Description : Both bush and river or expansive hill and mountain views make these rides a wonderful experience with three choices of horse treks. Mainly for riders over 12 or experienced younger riders. Suitable for adults and young riders who have riding experience
  Outback trail 3 hours Mini trail 1½ hours Maxi trail 2 hours
YOUTH : $90.00 $50.00 $70.00
ADULT : $120.00 $70.00  $90.00
  • Description : Are you wanting to catch up on riding at your own pace? Choose to ride with one of their guides who will host just you on your own
  • Price : Additional costs may apply

Discovery programmes (youth)

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  • Description : 
    • Suitable for school, educational and social skills groups especially designed fun adventure activities.
    • This is not just about riding. Riders get a chance to work as a part on a team to achieve personal goals. They experience caring confidence building and learning through the context of horses.
    • Programmes can be personalized to meet your groups needs.
  • Time : ½ day, full day or several days
  • Booking : Contact us so we can in planning your learning programme.
  • Description : A chance to ‘adopt a pony’ for a morning or afternoon. Take care of your own pony by feeding, grooming and learning the skills of saddling followed by a daily ride.
  • Time : half day (2½ hours), full day (5 hours) – bring suitable outdoor riding clothes and packed lunch. 
  • Prices :  Half a day : $75.00 / Full day : $150.00

Contact for more informations

Phone : 027 26 770 57
Email :
Address : Ruapehu Homestead Corner of Piwari Street and SH49 
Rangataua, Ohakune, New Zealand

Open every day subject to weather. Treks leave at 10.00, 12:00 and 2:00 and other times by arrangement.

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