Trekking

Riding through our beautiful trails is amazing at any time of the year. The colours change with the seasons and during the spring native birds often fly alongside our horses. We ride through the river whenever it is possible on all treks from 1 hour or longer. The cool, clear blue water makes for a picturesque and relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy your ride. We cater to riders of all levels – whether it is your first time on a horse or your 100th, we have trails suitable for all levels.

Bookings are essential and we require 24hrs notice of cancellation.

Transport:
For our treks, we do offer transport for groups of up to 7 people. Return transfers can be booked from any central city address. We will pick you up half an hour before your trek is due to leave, and return you to the address we picked you up from after your ride is finished. The cost of this is $20pp with a minimum charge of $40 per pick up.
Alternatively, if you are willing to take public transport, you can take the Blue Line bus north towards Rangiora/Kaipoi, and hop off at the last stop before the Motorway (aka The Belfast Hotel or The Peg which is the pub just before the corner of Dickeys Road). We can pick you up and drop you off from there for $5.00pp. There is a link to the bus time table in our FAQs page.

Fantail: River Ride – 1 hour $70 per person
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Ideal for beginners to experienced riders, those in a group or on a team building excursion as is it can be relaxing and sociable or a bit more thrilling for those more capable. This ride is one of our most popular as it includes river crossing (as the river permits) woodland areas and open green spaces. Our horses love beginners as well as capable riders and the river is great for group and individual photos. You will get amazing views of the Waimakariri River and the Snow-capped Southern Alps in the winter, plus ride through beautiful natural bush and wide open spaces. Dubbed the “Fantail River Ride” because these very friendly little native birds will often follow us and swoop around the horses and riders. Keep an eye out for their distinctive black and white fanned tails.

Falcon: Extended River Ride – 2 hours $120 per person
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Great for all levels of riders. Anyone from beginners to intermediate or experienced will enjoy this ride. We are able to explore more of our beautiful trails and the river bed, as well as taking in the gorgeous views on offer through all seasons. Our experienced guides will lead you through ever changing landscapes including the riverbed and crossings to enjoy the cool, blue waters of the Waimakariri. Your level of capability sets the pace and if there are beginners in the group we endeavour to split the group during the ride so we can cater for all levels safely.

Kingfisher: Half Day Ride – 4 hours including snack break $190 per person
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Discover the majority of our trails and explore the river with your guide whilst taking in the amazing views North Canterbury has to offer. This ride caters to those of any level of riding, however beginners will find it physically challenging. We ask you to keep in mind that it is a very long time to spend in the saddle for those who are not accustomed to it so let your guide know if you would like a break. Multiple river crossing experiences may be available (river permitting). You choose the pace based on experience and capability.  During this ride you will get to know your guide and your horse very well, as well as enjoying the peace that comes from being surrounded by nature.

Robin: Ride – Half Hour $40 per child $45 per adult
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Offered to groups of young children, or families, large international groups and Language Schools and those who may have time constraints, but also a great way to get a taste of riding for the first time! Children on ponies under the age of 10yrs are led by our friendly helpful staff who point out sights and birds of interest along the way. With large groups of tourists or language school students who may be first time riders and/or still find English challenging our fabulous staff will walk along beside the horses to give guidance and assistance as well taking photos along the way.

Jet Trek – $180pp

Our Jet Trek is a unique combo including a 1 hour horse trek and a half hour jet boat ride with Jet Thrills. You choose the pace of both the horse trek (based on the overall riding ability of the group) and the jet boat (which can be from Mild to Wild!). Allow 2 and a half hours for this combo adventure.

Pony rides:

Paddock Ride (10 mins) – $15pp  Fabulous for the little ones either as a treat or a large group for a Birthday party. .  A great way to build up confidence. Children are led by staff in one of our many paddocks and depending on their level of confidence may experience a trot!  Please call or email to book.
River and Back Ride (20 mins) – $25 per child $30 per Adult.  Awesome affordable treat, birthday party, or a family outing. Our guides will lead as required or walk along side and offer instruction and assistance. You can even bring your own birthday food and enjoy the use of our picnic area.  Please call or email to book.

What to Bring For your comfort please wear comfortable long trousers preferably not too tight (shorts and three quarter pants are NOT recommended), sturdy covered in shoes (sports shoes are acceptable if that is all you have) and other clothing appropriate for the weather on the day.  A camera (preferably one you can attach to yourself) to capture the sights.  Sunglasses are great for protecting your eyes from the sun and wind, sunblock to protect your skin and a big happy smile!. Can’t wait to see you here!

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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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  • Another fantastic day of the holiday program with jumping day today. We still having spaces available for next week at only $60 a day. Come and join in on the fun. On another note I will try to be more active on this account now I got locked out of it for a while. Well done everyone today. If anyone wants some photos of today's competition flick me a message. Cheers @char_o_te Photo credit: @the.gingerninja.pony #horsesofinstagram#showjumping #schoolholidayfun #ponyjumper #canterburykids #horsemad #christchurch #holidayprogram

    waimakridingcentre: "Another fantastic day of the holiday program with jumping day today. We still having spaces available for next week at only $60 a day. Come and join in on the fun. 
On another note I will try to be more active on this account now I got locked out of it for a while.

Well done everyone today. If anyone wants some photos of today's competition flick me a message. Cheers @char_o_te

Photo credit: @the.gingerninja.pony

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#schoolholidayfun #ponyjumper #canterburykids #horsemad #christchurch #holidayprogram"
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  • Our school holiday program starts next week. They are still spaces so if your looking for some fun come and join us. Ride one of our ponies or bring your own. Prices from only $60 a day. Give us a call or book online #christchurch #ridinglesson #horsenz #schoolholidaysnz #showjumping #fancydress #dressage #fun #games

    waimakridingcentre: "Our school holiday program starts next week. They are still spaces so if your looking for some fun come and join us. Ride one of our ponies or bring your own. Prices from only $60 a day. Give us a call or book online #christchurch #ridinglesson #horsenz #schoolholidaysnz #showjumping #fancydress #dressage #fun #games"
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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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    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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