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Horse Riders, you must be registered with Eke Hoiho and abide by all rules to ride in the forest.
There is enough variety on this trail to keep every type of rider happy.

Big wide trails and forest roads for social groups or nervous riders.  Great swooping sand tracks for those who like a blast, and little skinny tracks for the adventurous to try at speed, or for you to enjoy the natural settings at a slower pace.

The footing is all sand based, so some areas will be deep at times, but there is plenty of good solid footing and it will never be boggy or muddy! The more the trees and plants grow up around recently harvested areas the better the trails will get. 

There is also Coast Rd, which is a good solid (but well weathered) forestry road.  Be aware that this is used by logging trucks sometimes!

Muriwai Regional Park is being replanted in natives, so there are some beautiful spots between South Block Rd and Old Telephone Track.

The Coastal Strip is never felled or maintained, so there is a really spooky feel to the old trees in there...

The total length of the ride from Muriwai to Rimmer is around 18km (one way).  

Water for Horses

There is a water supply and washdown area at the main parking area for WFEP (Restall Rd), and at the Nursery Campsite. 

Water is available at a number of spots throughout the forest, thanks to Eke Hoiho horse park managers .  Be aware that many are rain fed troughs only! 

Do not allow your dogs to bathe in the troughs, as many horses will not drink from them after a dog has been in it. 

There is year-round water at:

  • Old Telephone Track\Coast Rd intersection
  • Slightly south of Restall Rd (where the Muriwai Park markers change)
  • South Block Rd
There are rain-fed troughs:
  • Just (approx 1.5kms) south of Temu Rd
  • Willets Rd area (trough near Coast Rd)
There is NO WATER at either Muriwai or Rimmer Rd parking areas, so bring your own supply to ensure your horses have a drink.

Respect Others and Keep to the Trails

Please keep to the trails.  While it is fun riding the dunes, it can also be dangerous, and it often causes erosion and 'blow outs' of dune faces.   The marked trails have been specifically designed to keep horses off the dunes except where we can control damage. 

Help us to keep these trails open by riding responsibly.

Other Vehicles in the Forest


ATVs no longer operate in the forest, so you can ignore the ATV crossing warnings. 

Do still keep your wits about you for forest security or operational vehicles if you are crossing or using roads. 

Report all illegal access by 4WDS, ATVs or trailbikes.