Riding on a horse is better than juggling on a horse, which can frighten the animals and catch fellow riders' hair on fire. Juggle one task at a time with today's Groupon to Gunstock Ranch in Laie. Choose from three options:
- For $49, you get a 90-minute scenic horseback trail ride (a $99 value).
- For $85, you get a two-and-a-half hour sunset horseback ride and campfire barbecue (a $189 value).
- For $215, you get a three-hour pony-led ride and pool party for up to 20 children (a $430 value).
On their 400-acre ranch, the Smith family gives patrons a paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy, experience with scenic horseback rides. Sitting at the base of the Ko'olau Mountain Range on Oahu's North Shore, the ranch's trails allow riders to meander through the Ko'olau Mountains, catching breath-stealing vistas of Kanoehe Bay and the North Shore.
Gather family, friends, or a troupe of lively leprechauns for the three-hour pony-led ride and pool party for up to 20 children. The felicity-inducing fiesta commences with a one-hour pony-led trail ride before galloping off to the heated 21-foot by 43-foot pool. For two hours, youngsters can dive and splash in the heated indoor pool or play on the nearby playground. The pool package includes the use of bathrooms and changing rooms, as well as a seating area for chaperones.
Opt for the sunset horseback ride and campfire barbecue to embark on a two-and-a-half hour four-legged expedition. After a two-hour trek along picturesque trails, refresh with a barbecue steak dinner around the campfire. The dinner includes steak, shrimp, corn, non-alcoholic beverages, s'mores, haupia pie, and an acoustic rendition of "Don't Eat the Flaming Ones." Suitable for all skill levels and riders ages seven and up, the sunset ride is offered one night per month.
For a shorter voyage, opt for the 90-minute scenic horseback trail ride. The panoramic excursion guides a small group of eager equestrians through the Ko'olau Mountains to view the natural beauty of the area, see a vista of the Windward coastline, and view a volcano wearing a lei. The scenic ride is great for any skill level or group with members ages seven and older.
The Gunstock Ranch has been a part of Greg Smith's family since 1973. Born and raised in Kailua, Greg grew up helping his father on the ranch, and today, he helps his five children with rodeo practice and 4-H studies. The local rancher leads a staff of experienced wranglers who share intimate knowledge of the land on a variety of scenic trail rides through the 650-acre property. Visitors explore winding paths through the Koolau Mountain Range like traditional paniolos, Hawaiian cowboys, and catch stunning views of Oahu and the ocean in the bright light of day or the warm glow of the setting sun.
Expanding beyond equine excursions and care, Greg's wife, Kyndra, brought swimming lessons and aquatics to the ranch as a way to help children in the community and disprove the myth that you can bring a horse to water, but can't make it swim the breaststroke. The ranch's gentle horses and aboveground pool also make the Gunstock Ranch an all-encompassing destination for children's parties and special events.