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Horse Trek - 2 Hour Waimak River Horse Trek

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


  • Enjoy the tranquil 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


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.

Twice as much to see and experience on this two-hour ride!

We have horses to suit all abilities so you can choose the pace that suits you (a leisurely stroll or trot /canter) 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!.

On your return enjoy a complimentary cuppa and biscuit with the team and play with or feed our friendly farm animals. We have pet sheep, a goat, sheep dogs, calves and cats and even a foal that will be happy to meet you and have photo's taken with you!.

Per Person $120.00

What's included

  • 2 hour horse trek
  • We supply helmets, wet weather gear and sunblock,tea, coffee, water, biscuits and bottles or food for the pet animals


  • Allow approximately 2 hours for the whole experience


  • 219 Coutts Island Road, Belfast, Christchurch.


  • Minimum age: 16
  • 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 January 26 to February 01

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  • Per Person$120.00

  • Per Person$120.00

  • Per Person$69.90 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per Person$69.90 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per Person$90.00 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per Person$79.00 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per Person$69.00 Less than 6 at this price!

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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ruijiet from New Zealand wrote on 12 January 2021

Guest from Auckland

I do really love my first trek experience .I like Nemo too

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Kaye Andrews from New Zealand wrote on 10 January 2021

Awesome trek with Waimak River Riding Centre

Did the 2 hour ride yesterday with Paige, what a fabulous way to spend a Saturday morning. Awesome horse Tono and the knowledge/company of Paige. She offered lots of instruction along the way, she has a lovely manner and clearly loves the horses she works with, especially Chip, her horse yesterday. Great scenery and a walk in the river on the return journey. Also great induction and clear instructions given by Joffe prior to departure on the ride. Not my first visit to this centre and I will be back again soon. Thanks again.

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Baylie Hape from New Zealand wrote on 19 December 2020

Great place

Great experience with awesome people!

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Barbara Ballantine from New Zealand wrote on 14 December 2020


We were a group of 5 riders, some with little to no experience and some who had ridden a lot but many years ago (we are aged from 28 to 59). We had a fabulous time!! The staff were friendly, helpful, and full of interesting knowledge about the area and the horses. The horses were wonderful - each with their own quirky personality which added immensely to the trek. Highly recommend this outing to anyone considering a horse trek. You only need a little sense of adventure and the ability to listen to all the clear instructions.

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Robyn Jones from New Zealand wrote on 22 November 2020


The scenery is lovely and the horses and guides are also very nice. I am impressed with the condition of the horses and equipment, and they are beautifully shod. We had a trot and a canter and a splash around in the river, I'd recommend it to anyone wanting a nice ride :)

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