Starting at $115 per person, treks begin at owner Dzidra McHenry’s home in Clive weaving along the Tukituki River, at times catching the lapping waves of the beach all the while taking in the majestic views of Mahia to your left and Cape Kidnapers to your right.
Upon arrival at Boutique Horsetreks, we were warmly welcomed by Dzidra who showed us our helmets and riding boots. Soon after, we were acquainted with our horses, mine being a 16-year-old French Warmblood called Juice. A slow old girl, Juice had no doubt done the treks a few hundred times as at one point I dropped my reins and she continued to travel along the path.
Boutique Horsetreks is owned and managed by Dzidra and her husband who started the business one year ago after Dzidra wanted to turn her love of horses into a business.
Full-up over the warmer months, Boutique Horsetreks offers rides for complete beginners to more experienced riders.
One of the most popular rides is the Clearview Estate Winery Ride through the Tukiuki River to Clearview Winery where you enjoy a yummy lunch and a glass of wine. The horses ‘park up’ while you soak up the atmosphere. This ride is suitable for more intermediate riders and you must be able to trot. This ride costs you $215 per person which includes lunch at Clearview and a glass of wine.
Another popular ride is the Magical Beach and Wetlands Ride which takes you along the beach and through the Clive Wetlands catching sight of an array of birds along the way. Suitable for beginners prices start from $115 per person.
Contact Boutique Horsetreks today on phone 870 1202 or 027 286 6174, or visit their website and book online www.boutiquehorsetreks.co.nz