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Ballygelvar Bespoke Waikato Tours and Accommodation

A premium and unique, half day tour, of the Waikato equestrian scene.

Tours can include

  • Access to world class thoroughbred studs, polo stables, show jumping, and race horse trainers.

  • Getting up close to stallions, brood mares, and foals at the renowned Windsor Park Stud.

  • Watching racehorses, polo ponies, and show jumpers training.

  • Eventing’s Olympic gold medalist & World Champion, Vaughn Jeffries, training the top riders of the future, including Ben Weir, who is currently the leader in the National Young Rider Championship.

  • Visiting John-Paul and Nina Clarkin’s polo stables. New Zealand's best polo player and the women’s world champion, and see their polo ponies in training, and their breeding mares, foals, and stallions.

  • Meet Chele Clarkin, local specialist in equestrian jewellery.

Example of Tour;

  • 7.30 am  
    Pick up at iSite

  • 7.45 am  
    Cambridge Jockey Club - watch race horses train on track

  • 8.00 am  
    Cambridge Raceway - watch the Trotters and pacers train

  • 9.15 am  
    Vaughn Jefferies - Coaching showjumping or Takapoto Show Jumping team training

  • 10.00 am  
    Windsor Park Stud - Thoroughbred stud, stations, foals, mares, and facilities

  • 10.45 am  
    Lily pad coffee - break for coffee/bathroom

  • 11.15 am  
    Mystery Creek Polo - Polo ponies training - stables

  • 12.00 pm  
    Chele Clarkin Equine jewellery specialist

  • 12.30 - 1.00 pm  
    iSite or (Alpino) - Lunch (Optional, and not included in price)


Bookings are essential and may take a day or two to be set up, they also can vary as we have to work in with training schedules and events individuals might be away at. Usually the tour needs to be booked by Monday morning with Wednesday being the best day. The reason for this is horses and teams often traveling around the country back from events Monday and have Tuesday off, and are traveling to events, Thursday and Friday. Pick up is at 7.30 am from Cambridge I-site, with drop off at approximately 1pm. Closed toe shoes are required. This tour is unsuitable for persons with mobility problems. The tour is mainly outdoors, and is weather dependant. You may need a rain coat if the weather is incremental. The cost is $600.00 for one to four guests.