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Horse Trek - 1 Hour Waimak River Horse Trek


Set amongst stunning riverside scenery, Waimak River Horse Treks offers a safe and enjoyable riding experience for all abilities!


  • Take in the beautiful scenery of the countryside on horseback
  • Suitable for all riding abilities
  • Fun for the whole family
  • Only a 15 minute drive from central Christchurch

Waimak River Horse treks is a family-run operation and is the closest horse trek business to Christchurch city.

Located within the Christchurch City limits you can be forgiven for thinking you are in the middle of nowhere. The lower reaches of the Waimakariri River are noted for their large braided river beds, bird colonies and stunning glacial blue waters!

Our trails take you past the patchwork paddocks and hedge windbreaks typical of the Canterbury plains, through the lush foliage of the woodlands next to the river and out onto the expansive river bed. With the river permitting we will guide you through the crystal clear waters where we can water the horses and enjoy the unique sensation of river crossing on horseback.

You can take this all in from the back of your trusty mount, especially chosen for your level of riding ability to ensure a safe and exciting experience. Choose the pace that suits you and soak up the stunning scenery and great riding spaces along the Waimakariri River.

Our experienced guides will lead the way through this beautiful area and take photo's along the way which we can transform into a postcard that you can send home to friends and family! Children are very welcome. Why not bring the whole family!

Per Person $80.00

What's included

  • 1 hour horse trek
  • Helmet


  • Allow approximately 1 hour for the whole experience


  • 219 Coutts Island Road, Belfast, Christchurch.


  • Minimum age: 10
  • Children must be accomapanied by an adult.

    Our weight limit is for trekking is 100 kg for beginners and 110 kg for experienced riders.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • IMPORTANT: When booking please provide level of riding ability, height and weight of each rider (our weight limit is 100kg) and whatever other information you may deem necessary (e.g disability), so we can prepare the most appropriate horse(s) for you. Failure to supply this information may result in the appropriate horse not being available and if so, no refunds will be due.

    Our Riding Centre is located alongside the Waimakariri (Waimak) River on the Northern boundary of the Christchurch City limit - Just 15 minutes drive from the central city.

    Please note check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure time.

Available Bookings from 24 May to 30 May 2022

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Kendal from New Zealand wrote on 16 July 2020

Unforgettable experience

Took my daughter on a 1 hour Trek after not being on a horse for about 20 years and my daughter about a year. They were absolutely amazing in the sense they eased us back into it, regularly checked how we were going and gave us the chance to stretch the horses legs with a trot and canter! The horses were great, you can see a lot of love goes into caring for the animals and the place they live. The trek scenery was very private and relaxing, it was the first time I have been on a horse in the water, great experience! Thanks guys, will definitely be returning when we move to Christchurch.

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From Horse Trek - 1 Hour Waimak River Horse Trek

Thanks for the fabulous review Kendal. We are all very passionate about our horses and their well being and it is great that other people can see this too! Great to hear you are moving to Christchurch and look forward to seeing you again when you do. Cheers Erika

Sue Gavenlock from Australia wrote on 20 May 2021

Enjoyable Experience

My husband & I were the only riders so we were a little spoilt! Joffie, our guide, & her assistant, Sasha, were very friendly & helpful. I was a beginner & my horse was beautiful & quiet & I quickly gained confidence. My husband’s horse was equally quiet. Our walk along the levy bank was lovely & even nicer as we got closer to the river. Only disappointment was that we could not go down to the river because of flooding & would have liked more opportunities for photos along the way & beside each other. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

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Fabien Pineau from France wrote on 13 August 2020

Excellent !

We had a super nice time riding yesterday ! Paige was very friendly, professional and gave interesting info about the area, the nature and the horses ! We loved our time there ! Thank you again !!

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Hi Fabien, thanks for your review, it is great to pass on your views to the Staff, Paige in particular. Hope we might see you or your friends again some time. Cheers Erika

Pauline from New Zealand wrote on 14 July 2020

Great value great fun

Awesome! well worth the money. Loverly ladies. Would definitely recommend.

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From Horse Trek - 1 Hour Waimak River Horse Trek

Hi Pauline Thanks for taking the time to write your fab review. Hope to see you again some time. We have exciting new product coming up so keep and eye open on Facebook and/or our website. Cheers Erika

Eldar Akhmetov from New Zealand wrote on 22 May 2022

You should try it

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