Horse Podcast Ep 259: New Zealand – Riding in Middle Earth

Equestrian Adventuresses Travel and Horse Podcast Ep 259 - New Zealand - Riding in Middle Earth

Ever since the screening of the Lord of the Rings movies by Peter Jackson, New Zealand’s South Island is on the map of travellers from all over the world. Horses offer an amazing way to discover the amazing mountain landscapes of what people associate with Middle Earth. In today’s podcast episode I am talking with Angie, who organises horse trails and rides on amazing Kiwi Station Horses on the South Island of New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud as it is known by the Maori, the native inhabitants of the country.

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Our Guest today:

Angie Leckey (New Zealand)

Equestrian Adventuress originally from England, who settled in New Zealand and fell in love with the country. Together with her partner she organises trail rides and breed very special horses.

Visit her website to find more about their rides!

Don’t forget to check out the resources section in this article!


  • Horse riding country New Zealand
  • Best time to ride
  • Kiwi Station Horse

Thank you for tuning in and happy trails!

Special Announcement

Today’s episode is sponsored by

Survive Iceland – Icelandic Endurance Ride

Can you Survive Iceland? This year the Icelandic Horse endurance ride will be held August 25th – 28th with 10 teams competing. The ride takes place over 4 days travelling 280 kms or 174 miles, with each day covering 50-70 km or 30-45 miles. Each team will be composed of 1 rider, 2 crew members and 3 three horses in each team. Each day you will ride 2 horses as they are swapped out between the vet checks. Riders from all over the world will compete in this challenging endurance ride over the Icelandic highlands. You can sign up by visiting the Icelandic Equestrian Survive Iceland website or you can contact them via email to receive more information.

Horse Riding Tracker App

Horse Riding Tracker is an app to track all your rides for iPhone and Apple Watch. 

Main features:

  • After each ride you can see data such as distance covered, duration, max and average speeds and more. 
  • You can also see gaits distribution – how long and what distance you’ve made in each gait.
  • There are detailed maps and you can overlay data from your ride directly on a map. 
  • You can add all your horses in this app and assign to each ride horse and equipment you’ve used.
  • Shareable cards with maps, photos you’ve taken during a ride and statistics.
  • Animated summaries of your rides that you can share with your friends

Other features:

  • graphs with data such as speed, pace, distance, altitude over time
  • compare different rides
  • calendar of your rides
  • distance and time spend on a horse each month

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Thanks for listening to our horse podcast: New Zealand – Riding in Middle Earth!

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Published by Krys Kolumbus Travel

Krystal Kelly is a California girl on a Quest to see every country. She is a professional equestrian adventuress and has worked internationally with horses since 2010. Since then she has worked at professional competition and riding stables in Egypt, Italy, Romania, India and Bhutan! "I love travelling and I love horses and I am very blessed to be able to do both of my passions for a living!" She now has her own company, Krys Kolumbus Travel where she strives to empower women to travel and provides resources, tips and online courses to encourage women to travel SOLO to unique destinations. www.kryskolumbustravel.com www.krystal-kelly.com

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