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Rakiura Rides

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5 Sandy Point Road | Off Dunnes Road, Otatara, Invercargill 9879, New Zealand
+64 21 234 0322
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Incredible ride on a famous beach

I had amazing opportunity to ride with Suzie and her friend Jenna before they were off to Italy... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
keepsmilingjs
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Califon
What a perfect ride!

We had a perfect and challenging 3 hours horse treck especially organized by Suzy for us! What a... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2017
bigjo30
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Brest, France
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We have 7 beautiful horses - 6 are Clydsedale x thoroughbred and one is a purebred Morgan, all of whom we totally adore and have wonderful personalities. All of our treks are in small groups, so you get more attention and help also with riding for the less confident. Nervous riders and young children (10+) can have their horse led on a lead rope by one of our experienced guides. The rides vary to suit ability. There is a one hour ride to suit beginners. This is along the rivers edge and through some bush tracks. Lots of fun. The two hour ride is suitable also for beginners to the experienced. The beginners don't go as far but is a super ride along the rivers edge also, through winding bush and forest tracks. If the riders can trot we also go over the sand dunes to the beach. Experienced riders can have a canter on the beach. If you bring your camera along we stop at various nice spots and take photos for you to remind you of your day We supply helmets, gloves and wet weather gear. We do have a weight limit -- to protect the horses backs -- of 100 kg We are situated ten minutes drive from invercargill CBD. Many overseas travellers have come along - their general comment - "its blows them away - so much "space" and freedom! We operate all year around, but we are weather dependent. If you love the outdoors, some good company and a great ride come for a trek, Times are limited - depending on availability - 1-5 people per ride. "A True Southern Experience"
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“hour ride” (9 reviews)
“horse trek” (5 reviews)
“pine forest” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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5 Sandy Point Road | Off Dunnes Road, Otatara, Invercargill 9879, New Zealand
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+64 21 234 0322
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I had amazing opportunity to ride with Suzie and her friend Jenna before they were off to Italy. Fabulous views with wonderfully quiet and comfortable horses and great company. We laughed and chatted as we rode along the river and through the woods to end...More

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Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

We had a perfect and challenging 3 hours horse treck especially organized by Suzy for us! What a pleasure to ride so good and beloved horses! What an amazing treck we had by discovering all Sandy Point landscapes! From the bush to the forest, on...More

Thank bigjo30
suziPierce, Owner at Rakiura Rides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

thank you so much for your super review and your photos. even see the rainbow. It was such a fun ride ... you two were awesome company and a pleasure to take you. tI I bet the children were pleased to see you back also...More

Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

Outstanding 2 hr trail took us thru riverbank, beach, pine forest, dunes with Suzi suggesting great photo stops and taking shots of the family for us. Great horses, Suzi and Julie were friendly, down to earth people. We would love to do this ride again.

Thank E1514JOlisag
suziPierce, Owner at Rakiura Rides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

so much my pleasure. thanks so much for kind review.

Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Excellent ride for both inexperienced and experienced riders. Very good horses and fantastic guide make this ride a must do in Invercargill. Thanks very much Suzi

Thank wendyhuggins
suziPierce, Owner at Rakiura Rides, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

Thanks alot Wendy and Warren..was great to have a laugh with you both.

Reviewed 20 March 2017

We went out for a 2 hour ride with my wife and 2 daughters. In the end it took quite a bit longer. Probably because we weren't that fast on the horses. We really liked the fact that the horses were fit and happy to...More

Thank K3557TZnick
Reviewed 4 February 2017

The three of us (mom and two girls age 11 and 13) were lucky to get in a two hour ride with Jules from Rakiura Rides. It was a highlight of our three week New Zealand trip. The beach gives you an option to just...More

Thank Susie D
Reviewed 29 December 2016

This ride was truly spectacular. Travelling through pine forests, along water and the most amazing white sandy beach. Invercargill is beautiful and what better way to see it than on these lovely gentle horses. Suzi is amazing. Friendly, encouraging and so down to earth. She...More

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Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

It was truly an honour to ride with one of the Rohan riders from Lord of the Rings!! Suzi was excellent to be with and it was such a great time with the horses! It was our first experience riding a horse and we felt...More

Thank Stephanie Q
suziPierce, Owner at Rakiura Rides, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2016

thanks alot Stephanie and Hing for your lovely review. Appreciate that very much and you were wonderful and fun to take along. Nice when people really appreciate it. Cheers Suzi - the Rohan Rider. lol lol

Reviewed 28 November 2016

What a fantastic variety of scenery, beautiful surrounds and friendly staff, trustworthy horses all made our mother daughter horse trek fabulous! I would highly recommend this to all.

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Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

10/10! Had the most amazing time with Suzi and her beautiful horses! Suzi was incredibly friendly and easy to be around, great conversation on the ride. Experienced riders, you NEED to do the two hour ride if you can, you're get to ride along the...More

1  Thank Sambaloco
suziPierce, Owner at Rakiura Rides, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2016

Thank you Sam for a super review. Was such a pleasure also to have your company and your knowledge of horses. Most pleasure seeing your big smiling face riding up the beach in the sun.!!!! Hope rest of your holiday was just as enjoyable. Cheers...More

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