West Coast

NOTE: There is little information for horse riders provided by either DOC or the various tourism agencies, Councils. The information on this page has been pieced together from these sources. Please let us know if you have improvements, photos or additional info.

Before starting out it is best to check with the Reefton Visitor Centre +64 3 732 8391 for the latest weather and track information.

WEATHER WARNINGS Most of these tracks include river crossings or sections affected by weather conditions. In this area (as with most of NZ) the weather can change rapidly and make travelling treacherous. ALWAYS check the weather, and be prepared for the worst; know what to do in an emergency.


No official information on horse riding around Reefton. The following is based solely on looking at satellite maps, and trying to match up with information on nearby tracks in (to) Victoria Forest Park.

There appears to be a number of tracks in a nearby (looks like) commercial plantation forest, Starting from Grey St. No gates evident.

Looking for somewhere to stay - try the Reefton Racecourse

Victoria Forest Park

One of the largest forest parks in the country. , 206,000 hectares of beech forest, Victoria Forest Park incorporates the Victoria and Victoria Ranges along with the upper catchments of the Inangahua, Maruia, and Upper Grey Rivers.

There is access to the park via a network of tracks, many from the mining days and you may still see a number of relics from that period. Tracks often start from either Reefton, or Blacks Point.

Waitahu Valley 4WD Track

The Waitahu Valley is part of the Victoria Forest Park. It lies roughly between St James Conservation area, and Reefton.

There is an easy ride up the Waitahu Valley four wheel drive road. After the Clematis Swingbridge the track rapidly becomes rougher.

Access and Parking

Where Gannons Rd joins onto Waitahu River Rd there is a small area that would be suitable to park.

More Information on this area on DOC website

Big River Tracks

Soldiers-Big River Road

The 4WD road into Big River from Soldiers Rd is a long and challenging horse ride for experienced riders.

The Soliders-Big River Road starts off in Reefton, as a fairly driveable road, but becomes a challenging 4WD track as it enters the Victoria Forest Park. Follow the road on this Google Map

More information on the Official DOC page

Affiliated Clubs in this Region

Kokatahi-kowhitirangi pony club

Grey Valley Riding Club