Nikau Valley Horse Treks
Nikau Valley Horse Treks
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Nicola
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Sept 2022
Highly recommend!! My husband and I really enjoyed our horse trek with John. So knowledgeable and experienced, he made the horse ride something special to be remembered forever. My husband planned this trip as a surprise and John and his wife were super helpful and accommodating, even delivering our picnic to the high point so that it was waiting we when we got there. Definitely something to tick of your bucket list. 10/10
Written 18 September 2022
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David C
Palmerston North, New Zealand14 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
We highly recommend nikau valley horse treks. John took the time to teach us how to lead his horses and be confortable with them. This suited adults and also our 8 and 11 year olds. The trek was awesome and through varied terrain including forest and beautiful views of the valley and . It was also very reasonably priced. We will definitely come back.
Written 6 January 2021
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Tia Graty
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Jun 2020 • Solo
Definitely can say that this was one of the best treks I’ve ever been on and I’ve been on a fair few.
I went on a trek here last week and absolutely loved it, in fact loved it so much I went back for another trek in the same week! :D The first trek we rode for 2hrs and the second time we rode for 4! Loved it :)
Was also really reasonably priced!
We rode straight into the New Zealand bush, no part looked the same, it was so beautiful with amazing views!
I rode Theresa and she was so enthusiastic, amazing horse to ride, she loved going for a canter as much as I did, which was awesome for me :)
The guide, John, was really nice, knowledgeable about the area and amazing with the horses. I learnt so much from him and have been inspired with my own approach and handling of horses.

Thank you so so so much, really loved it, hope to trek with you again sometime!
Written 6 July 2020
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Christina May Cruickshank
Tauranga, New Zealand221 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Our yearly horse trek with John (owner) was yet another enjoyable ride! Our blind/autistic daughter always looks forward to riding, our 16yr old daughter not so horse keen also too enjoys herself! John is a very experienced horseman & has a holistic approach with them, including no bits in the horses mouths. If you're passing through the Awakeri/Whakatane area & looking for an adventure & excitement + a new experience give John a call & jack up a trek, you won't be disappointed! 10/10 👍
Written 13 January 2020
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Exploration799814
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May 2019 • Family
Today I went on horse trek with my mother, through Nikau horse treks. It was amazing! Our guide John was very lovely and taught us so much about horses, their learning patterns, and how to teach them. We went through a beautiful bush with lovely clean air and birds flying around. We then got to the top of the hill to encounter gorgeous views of Whakatane and whale island. The horses were very lovely too. I highly recommend this trek! Thank you John! :D
Written 20 May 2019
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Christina May Cruickshank
Tauranga, New Zealand221 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
Took the whanau for another horse trek with John at Nikau Valley horse treks! We had an amazing ride myself, partner, mother in law, & my 2 daughters the oldest being blind/autistic. John has the most amazing horses & he has such a gentle way with them. We all got saddle up & off on our trek through paddocks, bush & this time around John took us on a new bush track we had never done before. My blind/autistic daughter was attached to Johns horse, & my youngest daughter attached to my partners horse they both enjoyed the ride & new bush track. Wether you're horsey or not I can guarantee once you go trekking with John you will want to go back for another ride! A fantastic family activity, we always look forward to going back every year when we're on our January Awakeri whanau holiday! :-)
Written 19 January 2019
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Christina May Cruickshank
Tauranga, New Zealand221 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
Enjoyed another fantastic horse trek with John. Took the daughters the oldest being blind/autistic who rides independently with a lead reign, the mother in law my partner & myself. A beautiful summers day to take in the breath taking views of Whakatane once you get to the top of the hill. Highly recommend this activity for the family wether you are horse mad or not it won't take you long to want to go back & ride again. Reasonably priced & John is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to his horses! 10/10 we are going back this summer! 👍
Written 13 July 2018
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Christina May Cruickshank
Tauranga, New Zealand221 contributions
Jan 2017 • Family
We decided to go horse trekking at nikau valley horse treks since we were 1st in away staying at awakeri hot springs. Called john up to book a time & was very helpful & friendly over the phone. We had our 2 daughter's 13 & 23 our older daughter being blind/autistic & what a wonderful time we all had. My partner & I also jumped on a horse each & joined the girls! What was meant to be a 1.5hr trek turned into a 2.5hr trek & very reasonable price! We rode to see the most spectacular views of Whakatane & my totally blind daughter got to ride her horse independently with only a lead rein attached to the owners horse. She left an impression on the owner by singing to him while trekking around the most beautiful part of our country. He had a lovely manner & way with his horses that they were the most placid horses I have ever come across! If you want a great family day out I recommend you give nikau valley horse treks a call & book a ride! You won't regret it.
Thankyou john for a fantastic day had by all :-)
10/10
Written 27 August 2017
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