A short drive “over the hill” reveals a great view of the little town of Wairoa that we explored yesterday, as well as takes us towards Iwitea. The Out on a Lim base is easy enough to spot off the roadside with a paddock of horses… This must be the place!
We park up and approach the paddock, meeting the family behind Out on a Lim: Richie, Pita, Amber, Kristy, Tim and Dason. The family of Maori descent are super welcoming, inviting us straight into their pimped-out fully-furnished woolshed for a cool little arrangement of hot drinks and biscuits. We chit chat for a wee while until we see that the weather is forecasted to rain at 1pm. Let’s get out there while the sun is shining!
Suited up in an adjustable sized riding helmet, we choose our horses, Gallon and Rocky, who are a quieter pair ideal for beginner-level riders such as ourselves. Being fairly small horses, we manage to jump on them (more metaphorically than physically) from the ground. Our saddles are checked then we’re on our way!
Joining an authentic Maori family experience
It feels like we’re joining a family outing, with Richie, Tim and Dason on the horses – and a pretty adventurous one at that. And that’s exactly what Out on a Lim grew out of, showing travellers an authentic slice of life in New Zealand, as the team also offer hunting, hangi (traditional Maori meal) and fishing. We are literally joining the family on what they would be normally doing on a Sunday morning anyway!
Getting to know our horses
Our horses plod along in unison giving us plenty of time to get used to how our horses behave. Gallon, the beautiful brown and white-patched steed that he is, tries to keep on point and follow the herd, but is easily distracted with his ears pointing in the direction of any small sound, turning his head often to look at things, and grunting when we stop for too long to take photos. (We don’t blame him really). Rocky, on the other hand, is independent and full of energy. If it was up to him, he would have cantered the whole way. Nevertheless, we felt that they really responded to our commands.