Hack Farm

horsing around
Golden Bay

Hack Farm

Holistic Horse Riding Experiences and Farm Stay


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.

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Hack Out Horse Rides

Holistic Horse Experiences: Trekking, Vaulting, Horsemanship.


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.

Trail Rides

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.

Multiple Day Rides

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.

Kids & Horses

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

Hack Inn Farm Stay

For Horses

Paddocks, hay, pens, arena, beach access. trails

Stunning riding and training options.

For People

Farm Stay in cosy rooms or parking under the stars / Camping 

Great location

Hack Farm Tour

Map from the farm and camping

The Hacks

CHLOE the clydesdale 15.1 hh/ born 2000

CHLOE the clydey

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 ;-)   

Jasper born 1994  15.1hh

joyful JASPER the clydey x

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.

Super SONG born 1997  15.1 hh

super SONG the clydey x

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!

Mac 14.2 hh 7/ born 2011

marvellous MAC the arab

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.  ;-) 

Brown Acre 17.2 hh born 2011

big BROWN ACRE the clydesdale

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.

Leonard /14.3hh/ born 2004

lovely LEONARD the gentle station Hack

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.     

amazing ARNIE the Haflinger

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.

incredible ICE the Clyde cross

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.

happy HACK, the Family

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.

remarkable ROSE the Cleveland Bay X


born 2000

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. 

15.3 hh born 2009

reliable REDWING the Quarter horse x Arab

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.

15.2 hh  born 2009

beautiful BRUNNER the Appaloosa

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 :) 

Sigrid born  2009

small SIGRID the Gypsy Vanner x

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.

lucky LUKE the Quarterhorse

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..

majestic McDUFF the Clydesdale 18hh born 2008 on the right

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!


Hack (hæk)

noun: a horse used for pleasure riding or driving

verb: hacking, to hack; ride a horse

name:  Hack 

definition; Hippo (ancient Greek) meaning horse

c. Latin equus, Old English eoh, Maori hoiho



until then...

Horsely Yours 

Hack us

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Where are we and how to get there

  • 11 km out of Takaka / Golden Bay / New Zealand
  • 800m from Patons Rock Beach via the winding nature Hack-Track 
  • 60m elevation, 360 degree Golden Bay views.
  • Bus transport -  http://goldenbaycoachlines.co.nz



22 Grant Road

Takaka RD2

(+64) 3 525 9434 / 27 525 9434


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swimming with the horsesholiday lessons at the Hackfarm Golden Bayfunky farm house Golden BayCanter along the beac New ZealandSunrise at Patons Rock Beach NZThe beauty in rainy daysCaptain 2016FreedomJoytie and Henning heading towards the sunIce playing in the seaKathi with Song 2012 swimming in Anatoki Riverhack training on the beachMussel Inn Ride Pia from Auckland and Karen Murchison Jan 14Valentin with cute CaptainBeach Ride 2016Fran on happy Chloe, Patons Rock Beach Trail 2014Joey cantering proudly after learning the ropesKaren and Pia on Sunny and Milo at Kaihoka Lakes TrailHorse experiencesPatons Rock BeachHelp to get the horses in and readyBrown Acre at Patons Rock Beach his first beach experience 14Whale stranding January 14Baerbel at the office :)Kanu on Patons Rock Beach, Brett on Star, Jenny on CinnabarVaulting summer 14Sunny and Milo from Murchison, do you see the trees on Farewell Spit in the back ?funky farm house at nightsummer 2013, visitors from Germany - wunderbarChloe the clydestaleChloe the dive boardTizian 2013 wwoofing work outheading towards the sun at Rangihaeata Headlandour Hack Track boardwalk first time Rolls Royce walked it - no problemChloe in harnessThanks Kate with Jag, the jet sky, for pulling Brown Acre first time in the sea with so much funyeeha - Kate on Jag and Brown Acre with mePatons Rock Beach towards Rangihaeata evening lightfeel free to bring your gentle dogsBlacky with RR, canter trainingPara Para River crossing Jane on Tusseck, Brett on Song 2011shower for ShimmerHitchhiker at Onekaka  Riveroooookay, you are really faster :-)  Todi with Speedocanter strike at Rangihaeata Beachhack training on the beachBaerbel at the office :)stunning options for vaulters