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Ohariu Valley Equestrian Centre

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Address: 517 Ohariu Valley Road | Johnsonville, Wellington 6037, New Zealand
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+64 4-478 8472
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Escape the city and enjoy an adventure on horse back. Trek across 850...

Escape the city and enjoy an adventure on horse back. Trek across 850 acres of beautiful farmland, through native bush, streams and pine forests. Enjoy views of Wellington's new wind farm.

​Guided by our friendly, experienced staff, we have a selection of excellent trekking horses. Our horse treks are catered for beginners and safety is our number one priority. With quiet horses, those new to riding will have an enjoyable time.

For the more experienced rider, we do offer a 2 hour horse trek once a month for experienced riders only. For more information about our experienced horse trek, please contact us.

One hour and two hour treks available, Saturdays and Sundays. Children aged 8 years and over can go on our one hour treks. For younger children, we have pony hires available in our outdoor sand arena.

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Despite the change of the date of booking, still thanked the farmer Ward for arranging the tour in the rare sunny days in winter!!! My friend and I joined the horse trekking and... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2016
YaYa C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome horse trek through beautiful rolling green hills and streams. The staff, Georgia and Alice where amazing. Having informed them that I had some injuries from my time in service which resulted in several titanium rods and screws through my body, they ensured I had a horse that suited me in size and temperament (Frodo) . I felt safe throughout... More 

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Thank 01Zeus
AlexSK6033, Owner at Ohariu Valley Equestrian Centre, responded to this review

Hi. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review about your horse trek with us! I am so glad that our staff, Georgia and Alice were amazing and that you felt safe on the horse. Well done you coming out on a horse trek with having had lots of previous injuries! We hope to see... More 

Christchurch
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a fantastic 2 hour trek with very professional guides who tailored the trip to our abilities. One of us was experienced and the other a beginner. We saw heaps of the farm which included bush tracks, seeing the wind turbines, rolling farm tracks and paddocks of other horses and sheep. The guides were happy to let us canter... More 

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Thank tonib470
AlexSK6033, Owner at Ohariu Valley Equestrian Centre, responded to this review

Hi. We appreciate you taking the time to write this great review about your horse trek with us. We are always pleased to hear that our staff were professional. You do get to see quite a lot on our horse treks as you mentioned, makes it a lot more unique from other horse trekking places in NZ. Again, thank you... More 

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Reviewed 30 January 2017

Just had a wonderful first time ride on a horse at the OVEC. Everything about the experience was great - friendly staff, great instructors (Alice and Georgia) and just a really nice time with my great-niece. Thank you.

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Thank Steven S
AlexSK6033, Owner at Ohariu Valley Equestrian Centre, responded to this review

Hi. Thank you so much for your positive review. Glad you and your great niece had a fantastic time out on your trek and that our staff were friendly. More 

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Reviewed 4 July 2016

Despite the change of the date of booking, still thanked the farmer Ward for arranging the tour in the rare sunny days in winter!!! My friend and I joined the horse trekking and farm tour together and there were only two of us for the activities. Ward picked us at Wellington Railway station and we rode the horses (one hour)... More 

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Thank YaYa C
AlexSK6033, Owner at Ohariu Valley Equestrian Centre, responded to this review

Hi . Sorry for the delay in responding to this review. We appreciate you taking the time to write this great review and for your feedback regarding photo opportunities during the horse trek, which I have mentioned to our Horse Trekking Manager. So glad that you enjoyed the horse trek and your farm tour! Yes, lots of animals to see... More 

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Reviewed 29 January 2016

We had a very good riding time. My husband used to ride and I am a complete beginner. We had the chance to have a group of ... only the two of us with two guides which allowed a "two levels" ride : slow walking and a few trots for me and a bit of galops for my husband. That... More 

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Thank Njoylifeisshort
AlexSK6033, Owner at Ohariu Valley Equestrian Centre, responded to this review

Hi Njoylifeisshort, Thanks for your review. We are so glad you had an enjoyable horse trek and that even though both you and your husband had different levels of experience you were both given the opportunity to have a great time! Our horse trekking guides will be so pleased to read your review, which I will show them. We hope... More 

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Reviewed 8 March 2015

I was excited to go on the 2 hour trek with Ohariu Valley Equestrian Centre, I'm an intermediate rider and I have lots of years riding experience behind me. I was firstly surprised at how poorly managed this place was. They didn't really put any thought into the whole experience - they put small children on large horses, adults on... More 

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AlexSK6033, Owner at Ohariu Valley Equestrian Centre, responded to this review

Hi Dawnieb1982, Firstly we apologize for the not responding to your feedback immediately - we simply overlooked responding to you as we focused on addressing your points with our staff, but but we do appreciate you taking the time to write your review regarding your horse trekking experience. As owners of this business, we have taken each and every point... More 

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Reviewed 4 January 2015

We were so excited to go the the OVEC, Ohariu Valley Equestrian Center to do the 2 hour hourse trekking on weekends. It costs $90 for adults and $80 for children. Both me and my daughter are experienced equestrians which we told the staff. When I called and made the booking I specifically asked if it was going to be... More 

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AlexSK6033, Owner at Ohariu Valley Equestrian Centre, responded to this review

Apologize for the not responding immediately to your feedback. We're sorry that your experience was disappointing but we have addressed the key point you have raised but we have discussed each and every point with our staff. As our treks are on weekends only, we try to accommodate as many booking as possible, with a maximum of 10 people per... More 

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