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Multi-day Rides

Lottery River

Lyford - Hanmer Trail



Bookings & Fees

Horse riding

Bookings are essential and can be made by email: riding@katetapley or by text or phoning Kate: 027 247 3541

Each trek may have up to eight riders participating. We have a minimum ratio of one guide to four riders. Riding Sessions include registration, gearing up, partnering up with your horse and trekking. The sessions go from two hours to all day.

All horses are carefully chosen for your size, ability and style of riding.

We offer riding at 10.00am, 1.30pm and 5.00pm during daylight saving hours, min 2 riders.

Fees below are per person, and in New Zealand dollars.

Two Hour Sessions $110

One rider only (riders may invite others to join them or join an existing booked ride) $150.00

Three Hour Session $130.00

One rider only (riders may invite others to join them or join an existing booked ride) $180.00

All Day Rides $240

Up to 6 hrs riding, includes lunch & partnering up. (One rider $290)

Exclusive Rides - Your Own Guide

A personal trek guide for you, or your party for as long as you like.

Fee is twice the group ride fee.

Riding Weekends for women, adults, families and groups min 3 riders

Includes accommodation in log house or Mt Lyford Lodge bunkroom accommodation lunches and spas. $420.00

Accommodation & Holiday Options

There are good opportunities for an extended stay at Mt. Lyford. We have different trails to explore for a week from our trekking base. Stay in any of the near by accommodation and enjoy this stunning area for days on end. Riders receive $20.00 discount per night for staying at Pokaka Log Home.

Multi Day Horse Treks

All multi-day horse treks begin the day before the main trek starts with a half day warm up session (2.00pm to 5.30pm).

The treks include food, gear transport, the half day warm up session and accommodation, including the night at Mt Lyford Lodge following the warm up session.

Lottery River - Kahikatea Cottage

One Night at Kahikatea Cottage, two days riding: $920.00.00

Two nights at Kahikatea Cottage Three days riding $1450.00

Lyford - Hanmer Trail

Mt Lyford to Hanmer Springs

The Rustic adventure - 4 days $2500.00pp
Return Trip - in 8 days over mostly over
different trails $4200.00pp

Homestead to Homestead $780.00pp per night

Luxury Adventure - Combine Horse Trekking with fine dining at Amuri Estate Retreat $880.00pp per night

Team Building

Horses are perfect trainers in cooperation and leadership as they will only follow authentic leadership and genuine connection. There is a unique opportunity to train in leadership and team building for businesses and groups, using our partnering up theme.

Events are organised with you to suit your needs.

Prices on application.

Bring your own horse

Bring your own horse option is becoming very popular. This involves riding your own horse over our trails with a guide, and includes overnighting your horses and gear in their own small paddocks.

Fee is half the usual fee

Discounts for large groups. Usual full fee applies to multi day horse treks because of the large component of logistics involved in the cost.


$80.00 per hour pp for one or $50.00 pp for a group

Lead rides

Demostration and half hour lead ride $40.00pp

Fee Schedule

Download the fees schedule for Mt. Lyford: Fees.pdf

Hanmer Connection

Bus service: ph 0800242663

Cancellation Policy

If your arrangement changes text or call 0272473541

Not Arriving for a ride without attempting to contact us will cost 50% of the fee for the ride pp.

Cancelling a ride within 12 hours will cost 25% of the fee for the ride pp. This does not apply in the case of bad weather, accident or illness.

Arriving late: Guides will attempt to make your time up, but are not obligated to do so, and you may forfeit your booked time and the fee remains the same.

Adding riders at the last minute: This is possible and worth asking for, but inclusion of that rider is always at the discretion of the guide.

Withdrawing riders at the last minute: Payment to be made in full.


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Mt Lyford Horse Riding is operated by Kate Tapley Horse Treks Ltd.
Last Updated: Thursday, 16 July 2015