5
days

The Warrior Trail

Visit the ancient Pa site of a paramount Maori chief, high above the Pacific Ocean. Experience a breathtaking view that reaches far and wide to the horizon. Tread the paths of his people and sleep in their sacred meeting house. Enjoy the company of his descendants and the stories and food we will share with you.

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1
APPROX. 2 HOURS RIDING

Arrive at Pakiri around 2.00pm; enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a 2 hour ride on the beach.

  • Early dinner at Stables Café, with your hosts Laly and Sharley Haddon.
  • Overnight accommodation in beach cabins or beach house.
2
APPROX. 5 HOURS RIDING

After a hearty breakfast, we depart Pakiri for a full day’s riding.

  • Ride along beautiful Pakiri Beach where, on a good day, you may be lucky enough to encounter wild dolphins playing in the surf
  • Follow the trails run by the famously fleetfooted warrior Taukokopu, who’s task was to warn his people of approaching war parties and other dangers.
  • Stop for lunch at Lake Tomarata where, weather permitting, we can swim with the horses.
  • Ride up and over to beautiful Pakiri Beach to Te Arai Point, with magnificent views to the Hen and Chickens Islands, Moko Hinau and Great and Little Barrier Islands - the mythical floats on the net of Toi, our ancestor who first followed the whale calls to this land.
  • Return along the beach to Pakiri and a hearty dinner.
  • Overnight accommodation in beach cabins or beach house.
3
APPROX. 5 HOURS RIDING

Depart Pakiri for another full day of riding.

  • Ride over coastal farm country, through paddocks of sheep and cattle.
  • Follow an old logging trail through native rainforest, carved out many years ago by bushmen felling the ancient Kauri trees
  • Ride on to a picnic lunch at Whangaripo, before returning through native bush and a rare wetland forest to Pakiri.
  • Overnight accommodation in beach cabins or beach house.
4
APPROX. 5 HOURS RIDING

After breakfast, depart on a full day ride to the Maori Marae at Leigh.

  • Climb high above Pakiri beach to the Pa (lookout fortress) of paramount chief Te Kiri, with views to the Barrier islands, the Hen and Chickens, Coromandel and to Rangitoto and Auckland city.
  • Travel over beautiful farmland down to the small fishing township of Leigh.
  • Stop for lunch at the Seafriends Café and aquarium.
  • Take a short ride on to Omaha Marae, a genuine Maori marae still run on the traditions of the past.
  • As is customary on a marae, we sleep in the meeting house on mattresses on the floor. You will be able to talk with the locals and learn about life on the marae now and in the past.
5
APPROX. 4 HOURS RIDING

After a hearty breakfast we begin our ride back to Pakiri.

  • Stop for lunch at Te Kiri’s Pa.
  • Descend to the beach for a brisk gallop along the sand.
  • Ride through the dunes and along the estuary, encountering a wonderful variety of native birds.
  • Return to Pakiri over hilly farmland.
  • Depart Pakiri after a cold drink, tea or coffee with your guide or your hosts.