Maori Horse Trekking Tour in the North Island – New Zealand’s Biggest Gap Year – BackpackerGuide.NZ
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Maori Horse Trekking Tour in the North Island – New Zealand’s Biggest Gap Year – BackpackerGuide.NZ

October 23, 2019


Today we’re going to be doing a coastal horse
trek across some sacred Maori lands. We just arrived in Iwitea where there’s the
amazing Out on a Lim horse riding company. Laura and I can’t wait. Yeah. Our tour starts in the small settlement of
Iwitea which is about 15km away from Wairoa in the Hawke’s Bay region. And once we get
there we’re getting geared up for our horse trek and getting used to the horses that we’re
going to be riding today taking them around the paddock and getting to know them. Lucky Luke had Jolly Jumper, Link had Epona,
Frank Hopkins had Hildago, Galdalf had Shadowfax, Zoro had tornado, Woody had bullseye, King
Arthur had Hengroen and today Laura is riding Gallon and Robin is riding Rocky and by the
way if you did understand every single one of my references stick it in the comments. Oh boy, I just love horse trekking. It always
gets me excited. We are going through amazing landscape almost as soon as we leave the paddock
we are arriving in massive plains which are used to graze cows but are often getting flooded
and this is why they are so green. It’s really awesome to have our guides being actually
local farmers they are the ones running this farm so they can tell us so much about everything
we’re seeing today. We are horse trekking with a bunch of people
today that’s Ricky, Tim and Dason who are of the local Maori tribe who are farming and
protecting this sacred Maori land. What’s really cool about this tour is it feels
more like a family outing rather than a rehearsed tour with rehearsed speeches. There’s no awkwardness.
It just feels like we’re joining these guys doing what they would normally do on a Sunday
afternoon. Not only are getting an authentic slice of
life into the Maori lifestyle but we’re also getting to see a variety of beautiful landscapes.
First we’re horse trekking through wetlands and then we are coming onto this beautiful
black sand beach which is covered in driftwood which has been stripped bare of its dark leaving
its white full tree trunks on the black sand. It looks absolutely amazing. And our horses
love it too. This long stretch of black beach over a dark
blue sky and turquoise water is absolutely amazing. It just looks so gorgeous it’s some
of the best picture opportunity in New Zealand. If you guys are not able to make it to the
east coast of the North Island when visiting New Zealand you are still able to see a tonne
of black beaches around the Auckland area. There is Piha, Karekare and Te Henga. Make
sure that you check that out on BackpackerGuide.NZ so you get yourself those amazing pictures. As we are getting off the black beach we are
now climbing the massive mount which is peaking right in the middle of all this wetland. It
offers us amazing surrounding views of the area and we take the time to embrace the views
before making our way back down. This hills also has a massive Maori significance
tells us our guide, in short, the story says that this massive hill is representing a whale
because Iwitea is known as the land of the Seven Whales. After a short stroll around the wetland our
guides are stopping to check out their eel net. Eels or tuna in Maori is one of the main
food staples in their culture. And as we are stopped they also take the time to tell us
more about this Maori legend. I’ll tell the story cos Robin is really rubbish
at telling stories. But in short this hill that we just trekked over was lazy whale called
Hukunui who was turned into a hill because he slept in and he got stranded. But you’ll
find that a lot of the Maori legends do have morals to the story like that and also Maori
are really amazing storytellers. They tell their stories in such captivating ways and
you’ll find that on a lot of tours that you go on around New Zealand. After trekking across a wetland, across a
beach, over a hill, we are now trekking in a brand new area joining some other four legged
friends in a cattle paddock. Our guides tell us that this whole area used
to be covered in a plant called flax and even a flax mill was set up here to make rope out
of this really strong plant. Even traditionally the Maori used to use it to make clothes and
baskets and all sorts of things. But this area also marks the end of tour as we’re coming
back to the stables for our horse to get a wash ans dirty themselves back up again. We are now leaving Iwitea and making our way
toward Lake Waikaremoana which is gonna be the next place where we’re gonna be spending
a little bit of time exploring. And the hostel we are staying at is the Byre backpackers
and they have their own waterfall and an absolutely gorgeous sunset. Plus on top of that our hosts
are super welcoming and we are all having dinner today with pizza, corn on the cob and
all the fixings. But you guys can join us tomorrow as we’re gonna be exploring Lake
Waikaremoana by boat. So now we are driving to Lake Waikar… We
are driving to Lake Waikareee…. Lake Wai-kare-moana, so now we are driving to Lake Waikaremoana.

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  1. I can't understand your language Robin. What is it? ( French English ? ) It skhnds like one constant word. Very cool Vids though. Go the French.

  2. Best way to see NZ is on the back of a horse. Wish I could still do this. On some farms,​ in NZ the horses are unshod as they never go on the roads and NZ horses can be frisky as they enjoy life.

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