About Us

Bert & Pennie How are the owner/operators of Peel Forest Horse Trekking which they do in conjunction with their Lodge, Peel Forest Lodge as well as Peel Forest Safaris.

Peel Forest Horse Trekking

The Horse Trekking side of the business has been running for ten years now and has become quite established with clients coming from all around the world, all year round. Treks leave from our purpose built base along side the Rangitata River.

We have been very careful with our selection of horses and ponies and are confident that no matter what your ability or age, we will have a suitable mount.

Safety is very important and we ensure that everyone is given a briefing on riding skills and is correctly fitted with a helmet and footwear. All our guides are very experienced in horsemanship.

We encourage trekkers to take time out for a hot or cold drink before or after their ride. Drinks are complimentary.

Our Guides


Owner & Guide

Bert has had a passion for horses since he was very young and has always had horses for both pleasure and work.

In the early eighties, he spent a lot of time around the Canterbury foothills packing out deer and pigs on horses.

Bert also has a passion for people and so he is in his element sitting on the back of a horse and telling yarns in a very special part of New Zealand.

Bert How


Part Time Guide

Millie has just had a season working in Outback Australia.

She has had a great year and learnt another side of horsemanship. From mustering cattle, camp drafting, shoeing and even breaking in a young mare – we are excited to have Millie back to show off her new skills.



Part Time Guide

Toby is another family member who has been on horses since a young age.  He is the owner of Moggy, the Appaloosa (everyone who rides him wants to take him home).  Toby has trekked in Mongolia and loves the freeway in which they work with the horses over there.



Alyssa came to us from the North Island, a very keen rider who has ridden since a young child.  Alyssa has had her own horses and has broken in Captain who is hanging with our bunch at the Horse Trek Base.  Alyssa is an enthusiastic guide and has had some great reviews from clients.  .