A New Zealand design based on the traditional rocking horse shape constructed in durable and attractive laminated plywood.

A modern style New Zealand designed rocking horse constructed in durable and attractive laminated plywood. Available in a range of sizes.

The same construction and design as the traditional English rocking horse. Made in a variety of timbers, including natives, with a selection of finishes.

The rocking horse you have if you don’t want a horse. Choose from Zebras, Giraffes, Lions, Dragons, or maybe a rocking cow. We also take commissions to produce your own wild one.

About Us

The Rocking Horse Place is a leading manufacturer and restorer of hand carved rocking horses in New Zealand. Our products include stylish locally designed horses using modern materials, more traditional English designs and a range of exciting Wild Ones including the popular rocking dragons and lions. All of which are lovingly crafted by hand from durable quality timber. All our rocking horses are fitted with glass eyes, leather saddle and bridle and horse hair mane and tail. We also have a carved mane option.


I would like to give Shona and her team at The Rocking Horse Place a HUGE thank you. I ordered a Lion from their “Wild Ones” collection. The help I received was amazing. I was purchasing from outside of NZ with a requested short delivery time for my granddaughter’s birthday. Shona made the process easy for me and gave me progress updates via email from order date to delivery. Shona ensured I was happy with the product before final shipment and went out of her way (battling Covid transport restrictions) to get it delivered in time.

The Lion Rocking horse is Stunning and my 2 year old granddaughter absolutely loves it and enjoys it every day. Shona and her team are extremely professional, friendly, helpful, I could not have asked for better service.

Thank you

We are absolutely thrilled with our first granddaughter’s heirloom rocking horse. It has a brass plaque on it to say who it is for and who gave it it is the perfect size and will last Alice many years. Communications were easy and we could not be happier.
Rodney and Jane , Masterton
Our first reaction when we saw our beautifully renovated rocking horse was, ‘WOW’.
We could not have been more pleased. Our tired, but much loved sixty year old rocking horse (made for Pam by her father) was now transformed. Shona and Dick obviously love what they do. They listened with empathy to what we wanted and hugely exceeded our expectations. Thank you so much.
Pam and John, Matamata
In a world cluttered with mass produced plastic toys it is heart warming that skilled craftsmen still exist that can make simple and elegant wooden toys that children can cherish for generations. The Rocking Horse Place makes the most exquisite Dragon Rocking Horse which my son cherishes daily!!
Carson, Honolulu, Hawaii
As Peregrine was delivered not too far from Christmas we decided to hide him until then. Harris was so thrilled with Peregrine when we unveiled him! He enjoys riding him with our help & no doubt there will be many joyful times ahead as Harris grows and can ride by himself. Thank you so much Shona for the beautiful horse you have crafted for us, he will be part of the family for many years to come.
When Shona delivered our beautiful rocking horse to our door, we stood back in awe it was amazing, we could not believe the detail and workmanship involved to produce an exact replica of our beloved horse.

We had accessories made to the exact miniature version of his own Tack he used when eventing, even a white sheepskin saddle blanket was carefully placed under his saddle.

Communication was very professional, photos and intricate details of our request were given to Shona, then The Rocking Horse Place made it happen.

It is a piece of furniture greatly admired, as well as, used by children and adults alike.

Lorraine & Mark
I just wanted to email and thank you so much for making the wonderful rocking horse named Ferdinand for our granddaughter Harper. It looks so real and my son and daughter in law are very happy. They are pleased that it will never need to be shod, transported in a float or even fed!! Harper loves him and she will be able to enjoy riding him for years. Thank you too for making him at such short notice and ensuring he was delivered in time for Christmas.