Horse riding

Riding on horseback in the Western Bay will take you to some awesome places.

Check out these spots where horse riding is allowed. Please respect the code of conduct so that everyone can be safe and enjoy their ride.  ​​​

Where you can ride horses

​​​From the 2nd Thursday of February in each year to the 3rd Wednesday in December of the same year horses may be ridden on the signposted loop trail from Albacore Ave to Pio Road, across to Athenree Estuary and thereafter following the existing walkway/cycleway to exit via the mown firebreak adjacent to the houses at Island View. Note: no horses may be ridden or led in the dunes anywhere.​​

​​​​​From the 2nd Thursday of February in each year to the 3rd Wednesday in December of the same year, horses may be ridden north along Waihi Beach from from Albacore Ave to the Three Mile Creek access. Note: no horses may be ridden or lead in the dunes anywhere.​

​​​Horse floats/trucks are permitted to be parked in the reserve area identified on the aerial map in order to allow access to the permitted horse riding area. Starting from the end of Tuapiro Road, horses may be ridden northwards on the beach and within 20 metres from the vegetated edge of the reserve. The permitted riding area continues around the top of Tuapiro Point over to the western side where horses may be ridden southwards between the deep water channel and the edge of Tuapiro Point including the two inlet areas. The small island provides a turning point for horse riders to loop around as long as they remain within 20 metres from the vegetated edge of the small island. Horses are not permitted any further south of the small island as this is where the kaimoana (shellfish) beds are predominately located. A signposted loop trail is provided to guide where the permitted areas are.​

Horses may be ridden from Mata​hui Road across the traditional ‘Matahui Crossing’ to Matakana Island provided that any such approval to access private land on Matakana Island must first be sought and obtained from the land owners by the horse rider(s).​ Please note, this crossing must only be ridden with a knowledgeable guide as it is tidal. 

With access via Pahoia Domain, horses may be ridden at low tide along Pahoia Beach.

With access from Rogers Road, horses may be ridden on the north­west trail at low tide on the inter­tidal flats to the point where Pukehina Beach Road meets Pukehina Parade, looping back to exit at Rogers Road. With access from Rogers Road, horses may be ridden on the south—east trail at low tide on the inter­tidal flats to Otamarakau, looping back to exit at Rogers Road. Note: no horses may be ridden or led in the dunes anywhere.

TECT All Terrain Park

​​​​​TECT Park have a number of questrian facilities available in the north western corner of the Park, off Mangakopikopiko Road: Horse pens in the gated parking area, large shelter and picnic table, round yard, water for stock, toilets and approximately 20-25km of horse tracks.​ ​

Find out how to get to TECT Park. 

Reserves and Facilities Bylaw 2018​


No person may take or ride any horse into or on a reserve or beach, or allow any horse in the person's custody, charge or control to be in a reserve or on a beach, unless the horse is: 

(a) Under the continuous control of the person or otherwise properly secure; and
(b)  On a reserve or beach, or part of a reserve or beach specified by the Council as an area where a person may take or ride a horse in accordance with Schedule 1 to this Bylaw; or
(c)  On a reserve or beach where there is dedicated signposted horse riding trails.

T​he Council may specify: ​​

(a) A reserve or beach, or any part of a reserve or beach, as an area where a person may take or ride a horse; and

(b) The time or ti​mes when a person may take or ride a horse into or in a reserve or beach, or part of a reserve or beach. No person shall leave in a reserve or on the beach, any waste produced by a horse, unless placed in a rubbish bin provided by the Council for this purpose. Council's code of conduct for horse riding areas must be adhered to at all times. ​

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Page reviewed: 12 Dec 2018 12:48pm