Horse riding

Poronui Horseback Rides

Poronui is nested in a secluded mountain valley between Lake Taupo and the east coast plains of the Pacific Ocean. The 16,000-acre private estate combines pristine wilderness, forestry and innovative farming (with Angus breeding program, deer herd and bee-keeping) and is an ideal playground for country pursuits. 

The riding trails make their way through native and exotic forests, across gentle streams, through manuka-covered hill sides and open grasslands while offering expansive views of diverse landscapes. 

The team of horses are New Zealand station bred; chosen for their temperament, steady gait and sure footedness. They are kept fit and well-schooled, ensuring an enjoyable riding experience for all.

Poronui offers horses and trails to suit all levels of experience, from the introductory ride for the beginner to the hill rides for the advanced rider. Numbers per ride are governed by the experience of the riders – two beginners, three intermediate and four experienced riders.

Our professional guide comes with extensive experience in the schooling of young horses, competing and instructing. She knows the property intimately, is passionate about the outdoors and has in-depth knowledge of New Zealand flora, fauna and local history. 

We offer a choice of English or Australian stock saddles, helmets, gloves, boots and knee chaps are also all provided.

River Flats Ride – 2 hours

Ride the grassy banks of the Taharua Spring Creek. Great long views both up and down the valley and across to the native beech forest. Being relatively flat this is a perfect introductory ride for beginners or those for whom it has been some time since they rode. 

1 HORSE 2 HORSES 3 HORSES 4 HORSES
NZ$260.00 single NZ$180.00 per person NZ$150.00 per person NZ$130.00 per person

Hill Country Experience – 3 hours

Ride into the hill sand view the property from magnificent vantage points. You may even come close to deer, feral goats, Arapawa sheep and wild turkeys. Ford the river during the homeward journey.

1 HORSE 2 HORSES 3 HORSES 4 HORSES
NZ$350.00 single NZ$245.00 per person NZ$200.00 per person NZ$175.00 per person

Native Beech Forest Ride – half day

A wilderness hill country ride over open grassland and through lush native beech forest. Enjoy the distinctive songs of the native birds and view the magnificent beech trees, hosts to a variety of bromeliads. Ford the river of the homeward journey. 

1 HORSE 2 HORSES 3 HORSES 4 HORSES
NZ$415.00 single NZ$290.00 per person NZ$235.00 per person NZ$210.00 per person

The Explorer Ride – full day

The perfect ride for the experienced rider who enjoys adventure. Explore the more remote corners of the property, the hill country, the open grassland, the lush native beech forest. You may even come close to deer, feral goats, Arapawa sheep and wild turkeys. Swim the horses in the river on the homeward journey. 

1 HORSE 2 HORSES 3 HORSES 4 HORSES
NZ$640.00 single NZ$440.00 per person NZ$360.00 per person NZ$320.00 per person

Refreshments are included in River Flats Ride, refreshments and picnic lunch included in Hill Country Experience, Native Beech Forest Ride and The Explorer Ride. Platter lunches are also available at NZ$50.00 per person.

Transfers

Road transfers:

ONE WAY RETURN TRANSFER
NZ$218.00 NZ$436.00

Duration: 40 minutes each way. 

Helicopter transfers:

Transfer from Huka Lodge to Poronui (one way):

1-3 GUESTS 1-6 GUESTS
NZ$690.00 NZ1,225.00

Transfer from Huka Lodge to Poronui (one way) including sightseeing:

1-3 GUESTS
NZ$740.00
All prices quoted above are inclusive of a 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST).