places to ride in Whangarei District
Parihaka Reserve\ Forest
The Parihaka Forest is 183 hectares (128 ha pine),is part of the 370 hectare WDC forest estate (267 ha forest + native forest and pasture).
Signs advise the public when harvesting is active and access is restricted. (According to the plan, harvesting finished in 2010)
Mountain bikers and horse-riders, as well as walkers, can access the forest from various entrances, including Memorial Drive, Whareora Road (Goetzee Track), and Abbey Caves Road.
No good parking is provided at Abbey Caves Rd for floats or large horse trucks - the parking spaces have been divided by wooden poles. So you will need to park in nearby streets.
Thanks to the actions of Whangarei riders, the ability to ride on Whangarei beaches was saved. A new bylaw was introduced in 2015. It does include some restrictions to ensure everyone can enjoy the beaches. Please abide by these (or risk losing riding forever).
The Public Places Bylaw 2014 has rules concerning riding horses on the beach in the Whangarei district.
The bylaw generally permits this activity, however there are some restrictions:
A summer time ban from 9am to 5pm from 20 December to 31 January
Bans on some beaches for conservation purposes (Bland Bay/Teparapra, Bream Head/Ocean Beach, Matapouri, Mimiwhangata Coastal Park, Ngunguru/Horahora, One Tree Point, Ruakaka, Waipu and Whananaki)
Safe zones as per the Vehicles on Beaches Bylaw
Swimming a horse within 100 metres of a swimmer.
Ruakaka beach from the Ruakaka river north to Karawai Street is a restricted area where permission is required to have a horse on the beach.