River Valley Stables

266 Mangahoata Road, Taihape

Experience the freedom of riding using Natural Horsemanship techniques. River Valley Stables has something for everyone – from a half day horse trek, to a multi-day horse riding holiday. We have rides for all abilities.

Cost: $139 - $739


River Valley Stables provides a variety of rides, for varying riding abilities, over dramatic central North Island Hill Country near Taihape in the Rangitikei District.

Our 2 hour treks are ideal if you have never or seldom ridden a horse.

Half day treks are more suitable for intermediate riders, while full day and two day rides are most suitable for solid intermediate or experienced riders.

River Valley Stables is committed to a Natural Horsemanship approach to horse training, with horses mostly being ridden in halters (no bits). The horses are not shod, rather a bare foot trimmer attends to them at 6 weekly intervals.

Accommodation is available at River Valley Lodge for trekkers.

Physical Address

266 Mangahoata Road
Taihape 4792


$139 – $739

Other Important Info

Open seven days a week.
8am – 5pm.
There is a weight restriction of 110kgs.
Our age restriction is usually 10 years but we can make exceptions for advanced riders.

We do try and match riders to appropriate horses, so an honest appraisal of riding ability is required.
Please book the most appropriate trek for your riding ability.
Full details are on our website.

Facilities / Features

Trips will be cancelled or postponed in the event of severe weather. Rain gear is provided if there is the likely hood of showers

Please note this information should be used as a guide only. To help ensure your safety we advise you review our safety page and contact the individual provider for up to date information on their compliance with all Health and Safety and regulatory requirements.