Located in beautiful Golden Bay, Hack Farm is an eco farmstay and animal friendly campground is just a short walk or ride from Patons Rock beach and serves as the perfect base for your next horse riding holiday. We offer a number of holistic horse experiences from guided treks on our team of highly trained horses, to Vaulting, Horsemanship and Riding lessons or simply Bring your Own Horse and enjoy our easily accessible trails that will allow you to explore the beauty of the ever changing coastal landscape on horseback.
We offer riders of all experience levels opportunities to learn more about the foundations of good horsemanship whilst experiencing stunning coastal scenery on horseback. With a focus on teaching light and balanced riding, our guided holistic horse riding experiences are so much more than just a trail ride.
Our professionally guided horse treks provide and safe and fun environment to further your riding knowledge, build confidence and challenge yourself.
*Please note our weight limit is 90kg for the welfare our horses. If you are over our limit do we have options to be involved - like horsemanship or joining the ride only on the flat beach.... talk to us - we are happy to help.
Our guided horse treks range from 1h through to 7h and are suitable for riders of all abilities. Explore the stunning coastal scenery on horseback while learning about the fundamentals of balanced riding.
from 2 - 5 days of riding along horsome Golden Bay/ New Zealand. The star rides are based at Hack Farm stay we have every day a new destination depending on the tide times, your abilities and of course the weather.
acrobatic, balance and fun on the moving horse builds up co-ordination and confidence for all ages.
from 3 years
"Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self-esteem.
They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls. They give us hope!"
~ Toni Robinson
what a buzz
join up sessions
ground work, relationship, confidence on the ground and than under saddle
I am the First Lady of the Hack Farm. I love FOOOOOOOD and water. I pull the big carts; not the sulky because I just do not fit between the shafts. Well, I can help you be a good aware rider because I like to eat along the way or sit down for a sea or river bath ;-)
I came as a maturnity leave for Chloe and made myself a work place. As the oldest horse (born 1994) I have the most life experience and know how the job has to be done and of course I do it in my own pace, because in my heart I'm a too biiiiig Shetland pony! Always eager to go and I like everybody. Since 2019 do I have a riders weight limit of 55 kg.
I'm the little sister of Jasper and I'm here on a boot camp, because I have healths problems and need to exercise a lot. I'm very gentle and build up everybodys confidence. But doooon't ask me to fiddle around like a dressage horse in arenas, I just like to go places! Since 2019 do I have a riders weight limit of 75 kg!
I am so full of fun and playful but these people are sometimes pretty annoyed when I chew on the gear - I don't understand why that is not ok. They're fussy, eh? I reeeeeeally love these humans and want to be with them all the time. You know. they have the gear to play with. ;-)
I am the young, shy and gentle giant out of the lot. I let the kids do all sorts of vaulting tricks on my wide back. So they will put me infront of a cart with my great, great auntie Chloe. Worrrrrk experience you know.
I am stroooong and gentle and at 9 years old I am retired from sheep station work. Plus those wild boys thought I was too boring for them! I like these Golden Bay beaches and eeeeverybody loves me. If this is 'retirement', I like it.
I'm an Austrian, born 2015, isn't that all you need to know? Some say I am the cutest here and I can't argue with that. But sometimes they forget how smart I am as well... there's no fence or gate that can hold me. I am still pretty young and need to learn a few things (i.e. not to roll in the sand with a rider on board). However that should not be a problem. I'm an Aaaaustrian remember.
nearly so tall like Brown AcreI am I a big girl. Gentle and iiiiiiiincredibly do I like to do the vaulting with the kids. They jump on me while I cantre along. Great fun for me and it keeps me fit. They say I would like to eat a bit too much and need to look at my shape. I love it and everbody loves meeee.
Yes - HACK is really our surname.
For us living and ´horsing` around in Golden Bay is our chosen home place. We immigrated 2009 from Germany. We started with traditional English riding and changed in the late 80s into natural horsemanship and centered riding. Horses, dogs, chooks, ....
These 13 hectares of bush, hills, paddocks and a great Hack-Track to Patons Rock Beach are horseome to us and we love to share them with you.
Cleveland Bay/ Thouroughbreed X
I'm already a bit older but nobody gets that while riding meeee. I love to be forward and even in the lead. You don't have to ask me much to go ahead, just think and I pick up your thoughts. Please dont kick me I appreciate a balanced rider who is happy to go.
I was born 2009 I am very social, friendly and always goodlooking horse who is still searching for my place in the herd. If you are an experienced, soft rider I am the best choice for you.
I had an accident when I was baby and damaged one of my eyes. Bumma, some mistakes are we doing just once, eh? I am very elegant. I lower my head a bit more to check things out and love to go for a lovely ride along the sands. Crawling over the rocks is not what I like most, a role in the sand instead would be juuuuust fine. I even dont mind if you sit on me :)
I will be a therapeutic pony and carry i. e. my breeder who is a paraplegic for a ride. I am proud to help her back onto horse back.
In the mean time do I also help with the hacktivities at the farm. Even as the smalest of the Hacks does it not mean i am to overlooooook.
I came here 2017 so the oldies Jasper and Song have help. At first it seemed I couldn't do it..but I'm always good for surprise!Now I'm even carrying beginners and love it. I'm a biiig boy and be pretty muscular as well. Don't let that scare you. I'm gentle and love those humans. I found the perfect job. Ride on..
I came here 2019 to help with the riders. Well, I took my chance to climb from the bottom of ther herd to one of the top positions in no time. My size may helped a lllllittle bit. I thought that feels better for my middle age now.
I have fun going along with my herd, love to boss the odd hack around but still get afraid if I see a seal or new boat on the beach. Man, that things look and smell so diffent than the cows and tracktors around the farm in Canterberry. They say I will get used to it, Right!
noun: a horse used for pleasure riding or driving
verb: hacking, to hack; ride a horse
definition; Hippo (ancient Greek) meaning horse
c. Latin equus, Old English eoh, Maori hoiho
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22 Grant Road
(+64) 3 525 9434 / 27 525 9434