Horses for courses

11:11 am on 1 January 2017

People take their pets on holiday, but a camping ground in the Far North has gone a step further by encouraging people to bring their horse with them.

The equestrian centre at the Kauri Coast Top 10 Holiday Park holds riding lessons.

The equestrian centre at the Kauri Coast Top 10 Holiday Park holds riding lessons. Photo: Supplied

The Kauri Coast Top 10 Holiday Park has opened what it thinks could be the country's first equestrian centre at a holiday park.

Its owner Jane McComb and her husband Chris have been developing the site since they bought the property three years ago.

The five acre site features seven fenced paddocks for people to keep their horses in, a full size Olympic dressage arena that also has show jumps and a huge shed with a concrete floor, tie-ups and a locked pack room.

She said there was also plenty of places for them to ride nearby and also lots of storage space for their trucks or floats.

It costs $12 a night to house the horse and there are also riding lessons.

Mrs McComb, a qualified riding instructor, said the centre was about enhancing people's experiences.

"It's my passion and my hobby. I've ridden all my life. I trained to be a riding instructor in England, in my forties. So it always something I've wanted to do as part of running a business, to have some sort of hospitality business with equestrian facilities.

"And also because here on the Kauri Coast at the moment it is a very unspoilt area. We do need things for people to do when we get here and what we are trying to do is to develop facilities that complement the area but give people more value when they come on holiday, so they want to come back and stay again."

During the busiest month of January, about two thirds of holiday makers are from Auckland and Northland while the rest of the year is a mix of international and New Zealand visitors.