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Horse Riding

Our district has a variety of trails available to use for horse riding. Here you can learn what trails are available and what you should expect before riding said trails.

What to expect when you see horses on trails

  • Horses use trails for walking only (~4-6km/hr).

  • Horses can’t access cattle grates or swing bridges.

  • Horses prefer walking on the grass verge at the side of a trail, rather than on gravel chip.

  • Trees/overhanging branches are obstacles.

  • Manure is kicked to the side of the trail by the horse rider.

Passing etiquette

When passing a horse rider, please remember 'go slow, go wide, and call out from a good distance': 

  • Call out a greeting and who is passing.

  • Horse rider will acknowledge the call with a wave.

  • If you don’t receive a wave, call out again.

  • Communicate with the rider to determine the best way to pass each other safely.

  • Check with the rider if the horse is OK with dogs. If a dog is barking or looks nervous, communicate with the rider the best way to pass safely. (Exposure and repetition de-sensitises both animals).


We're currently undertaking safety audits on trails in Queenstown that are suitable for horse riding, and will add them here soon!


  • Flat easy horse riding trail that links the Hāwea Lake and Hāwea Flat areas with the Domain where the Pony Club hold their sessions.