Find A Local Group

We know that there are amazing individuals working on local issues, across the country. Often each thinks they are battling alone. We wanted to create a support network, all working together - swapping ideas, resources or contacts to help achieve local goals.

Some groups are formal incorporated societies or trusts, some are informal social media groups that work together on issues or projects as they arise. Where ever you are located, you can probably work with others in your local area to improve horse riding, get moral support when you're feeling down, or get advice on how to proceed from other locals.

Whangarei District Horse Riders

A Facebook group. Whangarei District Horse Riders was formed to create a collective voice to represent horse riders of all disciplines in discussions with the Whangarei District Council over a proposed public places bylaw. It continues as a place to discuss local access issues.

North East Rodney Riders

A Facebook group initially created to fight Rodney beach bylaws, and a particularly vexatious complainant. Looks at issues in the North East of Auckland (Rodney District). Particularly around Warkworth, Snells Beach, Algies Bay etc

Horses On Okura Forever - H.O.O.F.

HOOF is a particularly active Facebook group that protects the very special riding area of Okura. They are really active in picking up poo, and making sure others know they MUST pick up theirs, in order to keep this precious place open to horses.

Rotorua Trails Trust

This group is the major group working on trails in the Rotorua area. While they are mainly focused on Redwoods\Whakarewarewa at the moment, the trust is dedicated to creating multi-use trails across the Rotorua region. Click Here >>

TEN Taranaki Equestrian Network

TEN has been formed by a group of proactive horse enthusiasts to highlight the importance and benefits of horse riding in our community. Our aim is to assist our local council to adequately provide for recreational and competitive horse riding in the North Taranaki District and to ensure that horse riding is included in the Long Term Plan, policies and bylaws for the area.

South Island

Visit Hamner Springs Horse Riders

Canterbury/Marlborough High Country

a group of social riders based in the Hanmer Springs area. Our group formed in 2009, mainly to represent recreational horse riders in the management of the Hanmer Recreational Track Network. Click here to visit

Waitaki Horse Trails

If you're in the Waitaki area Brenda would be very glad of any help you can give to improve riding in the area. You can join the local Facebook group to see local projects and discuss how you can help on working bees or submissions

Horse Trails South Trust

Bringing horses back to the Alps. Facebook group

Find your Local Walking Access Advisor

Despite the name, the Walking Access Commission is the body that handles all public access inquiries, disputes, and negotiations. Although they have no powers of enforcement they are a good resource to help understand the legalities of access, and help facilitate meetings.

They also have a fabulous mapping resource - WAMS - Walking Access Maps - which shows all unformed roads, and most tracks and trails.

Click Here for Field Advisors in your Area