The National Equestrian Centre was founded on a 90-acre site in Taupo by G.P. and Pat Donnelly in 1975. An equine training centre was added five years later, and courses were then introduced to help riders of all ages acquire the horsemanship skills needed to look after horses. You can book lessons at the centre or watch their programme of events. You can even book a ride through bush trails away from traffic and enjoy amazing views of the nearby Waikato River and Aratiatia Rapids.