Waimak River Riding Centre (previously Waimak River Horse Treks and Waimak River Adventures) was established by Erika and Stan McStay in February 2001. As tourism in New Zealand, and specifically Christchurch, has grown and changed, so too has our business. We have now combined our horse trekking, riding school, holiday programs and leasing into one business, Waimak River Riding Centre.
Most exciting of all is our approval to set up a Pony Club for riders without horses. Please watch our Facebook page for more current information as this progresses – we envisage setting up in February 2018.
Our name has changed but our dedication to providing a safe and enjoyable horse riding experience has not. Our calm, experienced and well trained horses, experienced guides and instructors work together to ensure the best environment for fun and learning.
Although the Christchurch earthquakes had a major impact on our land and trekking business our loyal locals helped us get through that trying time by supporting our Riding School. Now that Christchurch can definitely say it is being not just being rebuilt, but also revitalised, we are ready to reach out to the travelling world once again. Christchurch and Canterbury have so much to offer, so do come and experience it for yourself, whether it be on horse back or any other mode of transport.
Our facility is located alongside the Wamakariri (Waimak) River on the Northern boundary of the Christchurch City limit, Canterbury, New Zealand. Just 15 minutes drive from the central city, our location is not only convenient but also surrounded by the most beautiful rural and river scenery that is typical of Canterbury. The Waimakariri River is said to be one of the best examples of a braided river in the Southern Hemisphere. It was on this river that the first jet boats were trialed and they are still enjoyed by both locals and tourists alike.