Guide at a Glance
Tongariro, New Zealand
John Smythe aka Hone, of Horse Treks, is an accomplished horseman and long time resident of the Tongariro district where he was born and raised. Breeding, training and riding horses is what he knows best. Horses are his passion. He has earned respect among peers for animal handling and for his determination to support animal welfare as a strong advocate. He has been a farm manager, wrangler and rider for years, assisting various motion picture productions including The Last Samurai and The Hobbit.