Ohariu Valley Equestrian Centre (OVEC)
Horse Trekking & Pony Rides
Horse trek over scenic farmland 20 minutes from Wellington City.
Escape the city and enjoy memorable horseback adventures. Trek across 850 acres of beautiful farmland, through native bush, streams and pine forests with views of Wellington's new wind farm.
Guided by our friendly, experienced staff, we have a range of excellent trekking horses to suit all levels of experience. Beginners are welcome! We also offer pony rides in our outdoor sand arena for younger children.
Horse treks operate Horse treks operate on Saturdays and Sundays all year round. 1 and 2 hour treks are available.
For weekend treks please call (04) 4788-472.
- 1 hour treks: Adult NZ$60 Child NZ$50
2 hour treks : Adult NZ$90 Child NZ$80
(prices are subject to change)
- Bookings are essential and riders must arrive 30 minutes prior to departure.
- All horse treks and pony hires require a 50% deposit to secure the booking.
- For the health and wellbeing of our horses we have a rider weight limit of 95kg/209 pounds.
- The minimum age for all horse treks is 8 years and a child is defined as being aged 8 years to 14 years. Children younger than 8 years of age can enjoy a pony ride in our outdoor sand arena.
Perfect for younger children and birthday parties!
Suitable horses are available to be led by parents/caregivers in our outdoor sand arena. 1/2 hour and 1 hour options available.
- 1/2 hour - NZ$40 per horse
- 1 hour - NZ$60 per horse
Ideal for younger children and children’s birthday parties.
Bookings are essential. Call us on (04) 478-8472.
The OVEC Riding School operates Tuesday - Sunday
Which one is you?
- Do you want to learn to ride?
- Do you know how to ride, but want to develop more advanced riding skills, or learn a new skill (eg how to jump)?
- Did you use to ride, but have lost your confidence - or think you might have forgotten how?!
If so, come and check out our riding school.
Karen has been teaching in Ohariu Valley for over 30 years and has a wealth of experience of teaching people to ride, either on their own horses or with the help of her team of experienced four-legged assistant teachers.
She teaches riders of all ages and all levels - from absolute beginners to competition level. Our youngest rider is 3, and our oldest probably 60+ (although we’ve never asked!)
Some of her riders go on to buy their own horse or compete. For others it’s more about the challenge of developing their riding skills, or simply being around horses and riding for pleasure.
Whatever your interest or goal, if you want to learn to ride or improve your riding skills, give Karen a call on (04) 477-3888.
Karen Adgo - BHSII, BHSAI, BHSI (Stable Manager)
Saddleback Café is a licensed and award winning cafe located upstairs from the OVEC store.
In summer, soak up the sun with a cold beer on the large deck that overlooks the start of the horse trekking trails and in winter, cosy up by the fire. Whatever the weather, you’ll find Saddleback Café the perfect place to meet with family, friends or business associates in a truly relaxed and welcoming setting.
The range of counter food and the menu reflects the diverse lifestyles of the customers who come out to the countryside from the city, or the locals from the Valley and the regular equestrians who may spend the entire day in the outdoors with their horses.
Open Saturday & Sunday 9am – 4pm and for dinner Friday & Saturday 5pm – 9pm.
Phone: (04) 478 8733
Our on-site equestrian store is simply the best-stocked specialty horse store in Wellington. We’ve been in the business since 1963, so we are careful to stock only the best products from the manufacturers and suppliers that we trust for workmanship and quality. With a large selection of products for both the horse and the rider we are well worth a visit.
Open Tuesday – Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturday & Sunday 9am – 5pm.
Ohariu Valley Equestrian Centre, Ohariu Valley, Wellington Enquiry Form
517 Ohariu Valley Road
Phone: +64 4 478 8472
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