Larissa Mueller has seen a whole new side of New Zealand as she attempts to circumnavigate both islands on horseback

A seven-year riding odyssey

by Andy Bryenton

Larissa Mueller has seen a side of New Zealand that many haven’t during her seven-year mission to trek around the entire coastline of our country. She says she’s seen a unique perspective on the land from horseback, but also the warmth and generosity of the people.

Larissa, 31, has been travelling with her horse Sprite for all this time to promote and support the Leg Up Trust. A charitable organisation who partner at-risk and underprivileged kids with horses, teaching them valuable life lessons and helping to heal the psychological scars of abuse.

Her journey began in the Hawke’s Bay and has circled the South Island already. She passed through Dargaville around Christmas time and will be back in Mangawhai on the opposite coast early 2020.

Larissa says that generous locals have been most welcoming of both herself and Sprite as they continue their trek. A blog with all the details of her journey with a gallery of photographs from her time in the Kaipara can be found on Facebook by searching Home Free — Riding for the Leg Up Trust.

There’s also the opportunity to donate to the trust via an ongoing Givealittle campaign.