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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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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  • Chiquita😍 with Caitlyn now leasing magic he currently isn’t for sale but we can’t keep them all so chicky is looking for a new home. She is a 10yr 15.1hh crossbred mare. Get in touch for more details#horseriding #horseforsale #palamino #dressage #canterbury #nzhorses

    waimakridingcentre: "Chiquita😍 with Caitlyn now leasing magic he currently isn’t for sale but we can’t keep them all so chicky is looking for a new home. She is a 10yr 15.1hh crossbred mare. Get in touch for more details#horseriding #horseforsale #palamino #dressage #canterbury #nzhorses"
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  • Hello my name is Monique and I have been leasing for one year and it is so much fun. Charlie is the best thing the world and I love him with all my heart. If I could ride I don't know what I would do. My lessons are great and I learn heaps. Lessons have started up again so give us a call to book in. #leasepony #waimackriver #horseriding #nzhorses #horseriding #ridinglesson #horsetrekking

    waimakridingcentre: "Hello my name is Monique and I have been leasing for one year and it is so much fun. Charlie is the best thing the world and I love him with all my heart. If I could ride I don't know what I would do. My lessons are great and I learn heaps.  Lessons have started up again so give us a call to book in. #leasepony #waimackriver #horseriding #nzhorses #horseriding #ridinglesson #horsetrekking"
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  • Finally some sunny weather. So of course a fun day in the sun. Pictures are the two full brothers Charlie and Monique (top) and Diesel and Kimberley (bottom) in their lessons this morning. We will be starting up lessons again after the holidays are finished so get in touch to book yourself in :) #ponybros #nzkids #waimakariririver #christchurch #showjumping #sunny #nzfuntimes #ridinglesson

    waimakridingcentre: "Finally some sunny weather. So of course a fun day in the sun. Pictures are the two full brothers Charlie and Monique (top) and Diesel and Kimberley (bottom) in their lessons this morning. We will be starting up lessons again after the holidays are finished so get in touch to book yourself in :) #ponybros #nzkids #waimakariririver #christchurch #showjumping #sunny #nzfuntimes #ridinglesson"
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  • Another fun day of the school holiday program. Lots of learning and fun had by all. We still have spaces available for all remaining days Monday- Friday. Come and join in on the fun with one of our ponies or your own😁 So book now!!! Photo credit @lilybennettphotography for any of these photos and more flick her a message #nzschoolholidays #nzkids #christchurch #nzhorses #horseriding

    waimakridingcentre: "Another fun day of the school holiday program. Lots of learning and fun had by all. We still have spaces available for all remaining days Monday- Friday. Come and join in on the fun with one of our ponies or your own😁  So book now!!! Photo credit @lilybennettphotography for any of these photos and more flick her a message  #nzschoolholidays #nzkids #christchurch #nzhorses #horseriding"
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  • It was a fantastic weekend with two waimak ponies going to their first ever ode. Both behaving fantastically. And it was our student Caitlyn's first Ode on her lease pony Chesney. She did super placing 4th after dressage and 5th overall. Connie also did well to with Charlotte on board. Placing 1st after dressage and 3rd overall. Hopefully we will be able to get all the ponies out and about more now that the weather is picking up :) #Eventingnz#horseriding#chesnutponies#horsesofinstagram

    waimakridingcentre: "It was a fantastic weekend with two waimak ponies going to their first ever ode. Both behaving fantastically. And it was our student Caitlyn's first Ode on her lease pony Chesney. She did super placing 4th after dressage and 5th overall. Connie also did well to with Charlotte on board. Placing 1st after dressage and 3rd overall. 
Hopefully we will be able to get all the ponies out and about more now that the weather is picking up :) #Eventingnz#horseriding#chesnutponies#horsesofinstagram"
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  • Hello, my name is Holly and I leasing at Waimak for just over 2 years. This photo is from one of the fantastic holiday programs they offer here. Since the first time I rode at Waimak I never rode anywhere else. It's an amazing friendly environment and I don't know what I'd do without it. Click the link in the bio to learn more Don't forget our school holiday program starts tomorrow :) #christchurchactivity #schoolholidaysnz #horseriding • Photograph - Nina Hauf

    waimakridingcentre: "Hello, my name is Holly and I leasing at Waimak for just over 2 years. This photo is from one of the fantastic holiday programs they offer here. Since the first time I rode at Waimak I never rode anywhere else. It's an amazing friendly environment and I don't know what I'd do without it. Click the link in the bio to learn more
Don't forget our school holiday program starts tomorrow :) #christchurchactivity #schoolholidaysnz #horseriding •
Photograph - Nina Hauf"
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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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  • 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!!!🐴☀️
⠀⠀⠀
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"
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