The Lindis
The Lindis

Olivia Smallbone

The Lindis Stables Manager

Olivia, tell us about your role and what you do at The Lindis?


I’m The Lindis stable manager, looking after all of the horses that are used for trekking and eventually carriage rides. I do all the day to day care and training of the horses, as well as taking guests for rides in the valley.



Tell us about your previous experience and background.


I’ve had horses in my life since I was 8 years old and never looked back! I’ve ridden in multiple disciplines competitively over the years and spent a while working at a racing stable where we broke in and trained all the horses ourselves.



What is your favourite thing to do onsite or in the area?


My favourite thing to do in the Ahuriri Valley is going exploring on horseback. There’s so much to see and I have it all on my fingertips. Swimming across the river is always exciting!



Lastly, what do you love most about New Zealand?


All the easy access to seriously beautiful country can be hard to find elsewhere. New Zealand is a gem!