See the Wild Horses at Home in the Tussock Lands of the Kaimanawa Ranges


Door to Door pickups, Transport, Kaimanawa Guided Bus Tour, Accommodation, All entries, Meals as listed (B breakfast, MT Morning tea, L lunch, D dinner) 


DAY ONE                                                             MT, L, D  

This morning we head south. Enjoy the scenery through to Taupo stopping in for morning tea along the way then arriving at Huka Prawn Park, one of NZ’s aquaculture success stories. After years of perfecting farming techniques by trial and error, New Zealand’s only prawn farm has developed a winning business formula incorporating farming, tourism and hi-tech innovation. We are to have an informative guided tour of the complex and then lunch at Taupo’s only ‘Riverside Restaurant’ as its namesake suggests. Dont worry there are other yummy dishes available if Prawns aren't your thing. We will then continue our way along the shores of Lake Taupo then across the Desert Road arriving at our destination and accommodation for the next two nights in Ohakune. Dinner onsite  

DAY TWO                                                             B, MT, L, D  

Away by 8am we head to Waiouru and enter the Defence Force land, unfamiliar to most. Here we will meet our hosts for the day and board our Tour Coach for the next leg of the journey.  Each year Kaimanawa Heritage Horses arrange a guided bus trip through the Waiouru Army Base land. This region is normally closed to the public and we are privileged to be able to take this experience. See foals, mares, yearlings, and stallions in their family bands. There will also be a stop at the yards where the horses are mustered, and you will see the spectacular scenery where these horses run. The bus trip includes: A talk and slide show on army activities and safety. A stopover at a scenic spot with an address by a DOC representative to talk about the land and its history and Lunch at the yards where the horses are mustered, along with an insight into the muster process. There will be Merchandise stall at the muster yards, an opportunity to help with fundraising for the ongoing management of the horses if you so wish.  

DAY THREE                                                        B, MT, L  

Alas all to soon it will be time to head home, armed with lovely photos and fond memories of wild places visited. On our way we will stop for morning tea at the Chateau Tongariro enjoy the mountain views then travel over the hill through to Taupo and onto Rotorua for a buffet lunch at the new Farmside Buffet Restaurant. That should reduce any desire to cook dinner tonight... then after it's a short drive through to Tauranga.  


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