Saddle up with a friend, your partner, or the kids these holidays. Some of these facilities also offer school holiday camps.

1. Pakiri Beach Horse Rides

Rahukiri Rd, Pakiri Beach, ph (09) 422 6275.

World-famous and for good reason, Pakiri Beach Horse Rides offer a variety of treks that take you over the expansive white sands of Pakiri, across dunes and through native bush. Some rides travel through forest, farmland and lakes. There's a cafe and even accommodation if you want to make a weekend of it.

2. Horse Riding Warkworth
424 Kaipara Flats Rd, Warkworth, (09) 425 8517, one hour $35, two hours $65.


Trek over farmland and through forest on a horse to suit your age and ability. Lessons also available. A great option for a group of friends or birthday outing.

3. Muriwai Beach Horse Treks Limited
Ph: 09 411 8948

Trek along the picturesque black sands of Muriwai Beach on New Zealand's West coast and up through the enchanting forestry of Woodhill. Treks to suit all abilities from beginners to experienced people, with horses and ponies to match each riders level.

Prices start at $65 - $850

4. Tasman Horse Rides
501 Fordyce Rd, Helensville, (09) 420 8603, prices start from $45.

Ride over a 121ha working farm and through Woodhill Forest, then soothe those aching muscles at Parakai's hot pools on the way home.

5. Wild West Trekkin'
150b Hamilton Rd, Waiuku, (09) 235 1186, from $70 for a three-hour beach and farm ride.

Located on the picturesque Awhitu Peninsula, 70 minutes from Auckland's CBD. Wind down through gullies of ancient pohutukawa, over a working beef farm and out on to a secluded 3km stretch of sparkling black sand beach, with views across the Manukau bar to Whatipu. Morning or afternoon tea is provided before the return journey.