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Rough Island Equestrian Park

User Charges

Arena Usage ( Western, Arena 1, Arena 2) has a $5.00 per Horse Rider Ground fee for casual riding or lessons.

Using the Cross Country Jumps is $5.00 per Horse Rider.

Use of the Yards in the Park is $5.00

You can deposit into the Bank account of Rough Island Equestrian Park Board 03- 1354- 0476457- 00 NBS

Rough Island is home to a wonderful equestrian facility catering for different riding groups and individuals for the competitive and recreational rider.  It has dressage and western arenas, a cross-country course as well as plenty of grass areas and access to riding trails through the forestry. For additional riding, horses are also permitted on the southern end of the beach at Rabbit Island.

It is situated on approximately 46 acres of Tasman District Council owned Recreation Reserve on Rough Island, and managed by the Rough Island Equestrian Park Management Board Inc.  All Funds raised are by the User Groups of the Park.  

The park was developed in August 1993 with the sole purpose to 'provide a safe, suitable and aesthetically pleasing environment in which to encourage a wide variety of equestrian activities for people of all ages' (Mission Statement 1993)

The park is open 7 days a week, from sunrise to sunset for public use. The park is currently home to 5 equestrian groups, Nelson Western Riding Club, Nelson Dressage Group, Nelson Bays Pony Club, Nelson Riding Club and Waimea Pony Club, and is also used by many more equestrian disciplines on a regular basis.


If your organisation/group would like to become a registered park user group an application must be made in writing to The President, Rough Island Equestrian Park Management Board Inc,email:



Dressage Group

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Riding Club

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Western Riding Club

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Pony Club

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Bays Pony Club

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We have the following facilities which are available for hire:

  • Dressage Competition Arena (90m x 75m)

  • All Purpose Arena (90m x 75m)

  • X Country Jumps, ranging from 65cm to 105cm, including water jump.

  • Western Arena (80m x 40m oval)

  • Grass Areas (for show jumping / showing classes / games)

  • Kitchen / Club Room 

  • 60 Post & Rail yards


Payment Facilities are available on site and on request

Meet Our Affiliate Trainers

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Andrea Raves

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Achieve your goals using the skills and knowledge of New Zealand’s highest German qualified dressage instructor. 


Jenny Young 

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Specialising in coaching dressage beginners to advanced, Eventing & Show Jumping, Young Horses, Improving Rider Position & Skills and Arena Craft

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