We have a team dedicated to equestrian arena construction.


Our earthworks team is dedicated to arena and riding tracks, with precision equipment that supports our meticulous approach to arena construction. Over the years we have perfected our arena construction methods on our own arena at Harrison Lane HQ in Waiau Pa; A 65x35 Ebb & Flow arena with GGT Fibre and black sand footing.

With many surface options on the market today, we will work with you to establish the best construction method and footing type for your location, site, use requirements and budget.

If you wish we can manage your arena project from start to finish, from putting in access through to finishing touches like fencing and landscaping; removing the need for you to coordinate multiple sub-contractors.

Ebb & flow arena under flood lights at night time



Dressage arenas

Show jumping arenas

Competition arenas

Arena lighting

All-weather riding tracks

Round pens


Landscaping & fencing 

Irrigation & drainage




Site development


Choosing an arena base.

Choosing the right base for your arena is just as important as the final surface, and there are many options to choose from! 

Sometimes options that might appear initially more expensive at the outset will actually work out more cost efficient in the long run - once all the infrastructure that is required to maintain them is taken into account. 

Having the best performing base allows a greater choice in the riding surface, and the better the riding surface the more likelihood of sound healthy horses. 


A free draining arena consists of subsoil drainage constructed with layers of hardfill to allow water to drain quickly. Irrigation is necessary on sand and fibre surfaces, and preferable on other sand surfaces.

Riding surface options are cushion ride, sand, or sand and fibre mix.


  • Great drainage and performs very well during winter.
  • Easy to maintain 


  • Requires reasonable infrastructure to irrigate from above the arena – pumps, power and good supply of water.
  • Dries out quickly without regular, consistent irrigation.


This type of arena is built in a watertight liner and has pipework charged with water to irrigate from below, under a layer of drainage sand. The capillary action of the sand surface absorbs the moisture required to maintain an optimum riding platform. 

Riding surface options for Ebb & Flow are sand or a sand and fibre blend. 


  • A consistent moisture level is maintained so the riding surface performs at an optimum level at all times.
  • Water clears quickly after heavy rain.
  • Low dust in Summer
  • Low maintenance with the right equipment.
  • When other infrastructure costs taken into account Ebb & Flow is often the most cost-effective long term.
  • Can be built all year round


  • Requires a good water supply

"After researching and talking to many others who have had an arena built at their property we decided that Harrison Lane was the company that fitted our needs and requirements the best. After our initial meeting with Laura and Scott we were once again reassured about our choice.

Not only have they done an outstanding job they have finished it well before the expected time. From start to finish the communication has been perfect and changes we made have been quoted and amended within a day which keep things moving smoothly.

We would highly recommend Harrison Lane, do it once and do it right! Thanks again team for your amazing work it is better than we could have imagined."

Words from clients / Chrissy. Auckland

Horse canters down long side of ebb and flow arena of arena

We are constantly seeking ways to improve equestrian arena construction methods, and over the last few years have developed a new blend for our fibre arena footing.

Often an arena footing consists of a washed silica sand,  but we have found that using a new mix with a black sand has better binding qualities. The compaction properties of this sand are quite different to washed silica sand, it has a much higher density and holds ten times its own weight in water. 

We worked closely with Stable 88, the New Zealand distributor for the GGT fibre product and the German manufacturer to perfect the new blend for local conditions, by installing and testing the new footing on Harrison Lane’s own 65x35 arena.


Caring for your arena

All types of arenas should be maintained with a purpose-designed groomer to protect your investment and ensure many years of enjoyment.  We will assist you with recommending a suitable groomer and maintenance tips for your chosen arena base and footing.

"EQUITANA Auckland strives to deliver an international standard equine event to New Zealand. We are the only event to install a purpose-designed and built 3000 seat indoor arena, as well as a large 80m x 60m outdoor competition arena, and three additional education arenas in the one venue at ASB Showgrounds. It is a significant commitment, requiring considerable expertise to install these temporary arenas to our exacting standards.

Our success and reputation is measured by the standard of the arenas and facilities we install at the venue. Since 2017 we have entrusted Harrison Lane with the construction of our arenas. We have worked closely with Scott and Laura in the design and installation of the arenas and witnessed first-hand their commitment to excellence and the ability to deliver at unrivalled standards.

The Harrison Lane team's work ethic and attention to detail are enviable, and their service delivered in a responsive and uncomplicated manner. In November 2019, the standard of our surfaces was outstanding. The research that went into the construction of the arenas was the result of 2 years of development, and we are grateful to Harrison Lane for the surfaces they presented, which I believe were world-class for a temporary surface.

I have no hesitation in recommending Harrison Lane for design, building, and installation of equine arenas.”

Words from clients / Rod Lockwood.
CEO Equine Productions for EQUITANA Auckland