Coastal Retreat

Things To Do

We have an 80  x40m grass arena, and very shortly we will have jumps and poles available to set up your own activities and play with your horse..... but at the moment its just grass and good if you wanted to do some schooling.

With Pip’s personal background in Mediaeval Skill at arms on horse back, we hope to be introducing some of these activities in the future for our guests to try and also a orienteering/cowboy challenge course with obstacles set out through our trees....its next on the list! 

We also offer these facilities to be booked for clinics and team building, alongside a large social room available for bookings for workshops and more. 

Please contact us for more information on this and group booking costs.



Beach Riding

Enjoy the unique experience Himatangi Beach has to offer, just a ten-minute ride from the Yurts or you can access directly by vehicle. The beach is fully accessible by 4WD vehicles and horses at all tides, however, enjoy the wide riding space when it is at low tide.

For horse riders keen to get in the water, the beach is a shallow three bar and berm beach that allows walking in the shallows or heading out deeper to swim and surf with your horse. There’s plenty to explore, with logs to jump, creeks to cross and access to the forest and dunes. Himatangi is shared with many beachgoers who all respect the space and one another. 

Relax and unwind

Guided Rides

We also offer Guided Beach Rides if you would like to explore the dunes and forests as an optional extra, these must be booked in advance and are subject to availability. The ride can be adjusted depending on your group's experience level. 

This does come at an extra cost of $200. Duration of ride to be determined but must be a minimum of 2 hours. Please get in touch with us if this is something that you would like to do.

Massages .... watch this space!

Relax and unwind during your stay with one of our signature massages.

This service must be booked in advance and is subject to availability.


Himatangi Beach is well known for its fishing, with snapper, gurnard, kingfish and kahawai just waiting to be caught, or in the summer months albacore and bluefin tuna. Himatangi is perfect for Contiki’s or a surfcaster. For smaller boats you can launch directly off the beach, or Foxton beach has a boat ramp with a bar crossing, just a ten-minute drive.  The boat club also do lovely meals.  All info for them and ramp fees etc can be found here

Stormy Point Farm 

If you’re staying for a while and looking to explore a little further. Stormy Point is just an hour's drive away and offers some amazing views and big hills for a fun day riding with your horse.

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Off the Loop Wake Park

Just a ten-minute drive from the Coastal Retreat, Off the Loop is a cable wakeboard and water park, with wakeboarding, an inflatable aqua park and more!

For more information and booking check out here

Wake-X - Jetski Hire

Hire a jet ski by the hour with sea biscuits available for the kids too.

For more info and booking check out here

Heights Experience

Heights Experience is a small event venue, offering a range of activities from clay bird shooting and archery, to axe throwing and hole in one golf, awesome fun run by exceptional people...definitely worth checking them out and only 20 mins from us up on the ranges!

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De Molen Windmill

Foxton has a strong history with Dutch Heritage, De Molen is a fully operational, and viewable flour mill. There is also a cultural centre and a flax museum.

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Local Eating

Himatangi Beach we have a little fish and chip shop that is off to the side of the dairy that is open Thurs - Sunday.

Himatangi Beach Cossie Club  The club is open for meals Wednesday to Saturday night and is very welcoming to guest to have a bite to eat or a wee tipple.

Foxton and Foxton Beach are only ten minutes away by vehicle. There is a New World Supermarket, pharmacy, and some great little boutique shops to check out.

The best local fish and chips can be found at Reg’s Takeaways at Foxton Beach. These guys are our local go to! Can’t go past the Cheese n Gravy chips and their burgers are exceptional. Mr Grumpys is also pretty well known and I've been known to eat there as well

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OBE – Ocean Beach Eatery at Foxton Beach has a delicious menu if you are looking for a sit down meal for Lunch or Dinner on Thursday - Sunday.

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The Dutch Oven (Café De Molen) in Foxton is open for breakfast, brunch and lunch every day 8:30 -2:30.  It offers delicious, affordable food and a fully operational windmill to admire while you eat .

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If you’re looking for more options, Palmerston North is only 20 minutes away by car.

Your Steeds will be safe in the paddocks if you do need to pop away for anything!