Welcome!

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.

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 Northern Hemisphere.  It was on this river that the first jet boats were trialed and they are still enjoyed by both locals and tourists alike.

 

 

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Book at your convenience
info@waimakriverridingcentre.com
0800 TREKS R US (0800 8735 7787)

Location

219 Coutts Island Rd Belfast, Christchurch 7670
Canterbury, New Zealand
PH: 0800 TREKS R US (0800 8735 7787)

Operating Hours

7 days a week every day of the year except Christmas Day

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  • Hi guys charlotte here, this is Magic one of our talented ponies jumping with one of our students Caitlyn he is for sale if any one is looking for a cute pony #ponyforsale#newzealand#englishridingpony

    waimakridingcentre: "Hi guys charlotte here, this is Magic one of our talented ponies jumping with one of our students Caitlyn he is for sale if any one is looking for a cute pony #ponyforsale#newzealand#englishridingpony"
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  • . Hey guys it's @daretobediesel here! . I hope everyone is having a nice new year 😍🎉! . Who's excited for the holiday program?, the holiday program is starting on the 9th of January!😍

    waimakridingcentre: ".
Hey guys it's @daretobediesel here!
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I hope everyone is having a nice new year 😍🎉!
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Who's excited for the holiday program?, the holiday program is starting on the 9th of January!😍"
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  • One of pur lovely lesson ponies. Her name is Connie. I hope everyone is having an amazing new year!!! Also remember that the riding schools holiday programme is starting on the 9th of January comment below if you are coming!!!

    waimakridingcentre: "One of pur lovely lesson ponies. Her name is Connie.
I hope everyone is having an amazing new year!!!
Also remember that the riding schools holiday programme is starting on the 9th of January comment below if you are coming!!!"
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  • . Hello everyone! . . My name is Grace (@fear.the.flame ) and I'm a leaser at Waimak Riding Centre its so fun I always have a lot of fun there! . This is me and my lease pony, her name is Flame she is also used in lessons.

    waimakridingcentre: ".
Hello everyone! .
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My name is Grace (@fear.the.flame ) and I'm a leaser at Waimak Riding Centre its so fun I always have a lot of fun there!
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This is me and my lease pony, her name is Flame she is also used in lessons."
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  • ⠀⠀⠀ If anyone is stuck for school holiday plans for the kids come and have some fun with us!!!🐴☀️ ⠀⠀⠀ We run a school holiday program for kids aged 8-16yrs. Heaps of fun riding ponies twice a day, supervised swimming in the river with the ponies, learning to care for ponies and their gear, fun games and competitions, ribbon days and our annual mini show, plus heaps more ⠀⠀⠀ ❌contact for more info❌ ⠀⠀⠀ Spaces fill quick for the summer holiday program, it runs for three weeks, so get in early. ⠀⠀⠀ Also, this year we are organising an OVERNIGHT CAMPOUT on site with the ponies!More details to come about that soon, so keep an eye out for information on our page in the next couple of weeks. ⠀⠀⠀ ❌Prices❌ are $60 per child, per day. AND we offer a $55 per day discount if you come for five days or more!!! For more info, feel free to email us at waimakriverridingcentre@gmail.com Ph: 03 323 9064 Website: www.gohorsetrekking.co.nz

    waimakridingcentre: "⠀⠀⠀
If anyone is stuck for school holiday plans for the kids come and have some fun with us!!!🐴☀️
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We run a school holiday program for kids aged 8-16yrs. Heaps of fun riding ponies twice a day, supervised swimming in the river with the ponies, learning to care for ponies and their gear, fun games and competitions, ribbon days and our annual mini show, plus heaps more
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❌contact for more info❌
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Spaces fill quick for the summer holiday program, it runs for three weeks, so get in early.
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Also, this year we are organising an OVERNIGHT CAMPOUT on site with the ponies!More details to come about that soon, so keep an eye out for information on our page in the next couple of weeks.
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❌Prices❌
are $60 per child, per day. AND we offer a $55 per day discount if you come for five days or more!!! For more info, feel free to email us at 
waimakriverridingcentre@gmail.com
Ph: 03 323 9064
Website: www.gohorsetrekking.co.nz"
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  • ⠀⠀⠀ A few of the waimak ponies having a great time at the Belfast pony club games day yesterday☺️☀️ ⠀⠀⠀ Thank you Emily @emilyy.showjumping for all the awesome photos! ⠀⠀⠀ -@daretobediesel (Laura)

    waimakridingcentre: "⠀⠀⠀
A few of the waimak ponies having a great time at the Belfast pony club games day yesterday☺️☀️
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Thank you Emily @emilyy.showjumping for all the awesome photos!
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-@daretobediesel (Laura)"
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  • . Did everyone have an amazing horsey holidays?😍😱 . At waimak we had a super fun holiday program! Which included equitation classes with Sarah Blackburn! Thank you to everyone who joined us these holidays! . #QOTP -How were your most recent holidays? . -@daretobediesel

    waimakridingcentre: ".
Did everyone have an amazing horsey holidays?😍😱
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At waimak we had a super fun holiday program! Which included equitation classes with Sarah Blackburn! Thank you to everyone who joined us these holidays!
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#QOTP -How were your most recent holidays?
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-@daretobediesel"
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  • ⠀⠀⠀ Hey its @my.little.chestnutt here, ⠀⠀⠀ I lease this amazing pony Chesney 😍 waimak is so amazing and we get to do heaps of cool things! ⠀⠀⠀ If you want more info go to the link in the bio!!

    waimakridingcentre: "⠀⠀⠀
Hey its @my.little.chestnutt here,
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I lease this amazing pony Chesney 😍 waimak is so amazing and we get to do heaps of cool things!
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If you want more info go to the link in the bio!!"
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  • ⠀⠀⠀ Diesel❤️ ⠀⠀⠀ Diesel coat is at that awkward stage😂! Atm all the horses and ponies are losing all their winter coats! Meaning a great deal of brushing😋! ⠀⠀⠀ #QOTD -how do you get your horses winter coats out? ⠀⠀⠀ Check our website for business inquires ⠀⠀⠀ -@daretobediesel

    waimakridingcentre: "⠀⠀⠀
Diesel❤️
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Diesel coat is at that awkward stage😂! Atm all the horses and ponies are losing all their winter coats! Meaning a great deal of brushing😋! ⠀⠀⠀
#QOTD -how do you get your horses winter coats out?
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Check our website for business inquires
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-@daretobediesel"
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  • ⠀⠀⠀ Hey! ⠀⠀⠀ So in the weekend Laura ( @daretobediesel ) and I went and had a Spring Photoshoot! We went down to the river with the ponies and here is one of the photos we got! We are so lucky to have the river so close!😍💕 ⠀⠀⠀ -@nina_hauf_

    waimakridingcentre: "⠀⠀⠀
Hey! ⠀⠀⠀
So in the weekend Laura ( @daretobediesel ) and I went and had a Spring Photoshoot! We went down to the river with the ponies and here is one of the photos we got! We are so lucky to have the river so close!😍💕
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-@nina_hauf_"
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