Waimak River Riding Centre Ltd
Horses own the ability to be able to calm and make one feel grounded which is something not
always easily felt in today’s world.
Here, at Waimak River Riding Centre Limited (WRRC) we are
aiming to help create positive and memorable experiences for people from all walks of life with our
incredible horses. We will do this through offering tailor made wellness program designed
especially to suit our clients’ needs and goals.
We operate alongside the stunning Waimakariri
river, in a serene environment setting the tone for relaxation. Our team of horses are seasoned
professionals with experience taking care of children, experienced horse people and of course
even those who have never spent any time with horses before.
The team of staff at the heart of our
organization are knowledgeable, experienced and share a genuine passion for what they do. Our
wellness program will be inclusive and interactive offering opportunities to spend time with,
groom and ride horses whilst upholding a high standard of safety.
1. Groom and Riding Experience
This service offers an opportunity to interact with the horses prior to riding. It allows clients to
gain confidence and comfortability before getting into the saddle. Working in groups we
encourage the clients to groom and tack up our wonderful horses whilst under the guidance of a
staff member. This service is greatly suited to children and those who want more than to just ride.
This service allocates 30 minutes for grooming and 30 minutes for riding.
2. Riding Experience with a River Crossing (river permitting)
This service offers an opportunity to spend more time in the saddle and experience the excitement
of a river crossing (river permitting as safety is the top priority). Enjoy the view of the Waimakariri
River between the ears of your trusty steed while your knowledgeable guide speaks about the
local area and the history of our horses. This service allocates 1hr of riding.
Both services also include a welcome and safety briefing, time for introductions between our staff
and clients and the opportunity to feed the horses before finishing up. Therefore, both experiences
run for 1.5hours
What We Can Capacitate
We can currently cater for groups of 10 – 15 riders in one booking, depending on the details of
each client and the service you would like to participate in. We take great care in assuring that
each client is matched with the right horse for their weight, height and riding ability. Please note
we currently maintain a weight limit of 95kgs to ensure the wellbeing of our horses. We can
organize alternative services that don’t involve being in the saddle for those above the weight
limit. If you have any special requests for your experience with us please don’t hesitate to ask.
At this time we have availability during the week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and
upon request during the weekend. Our booking slots run from;
– 9.30am – 11am
– 12.30pm – 2pm
– 3.30pm-5pm (summer months)
Dee Korkie is our WRRC Ltd Owner and Business Development Manager as well as our point of
contact and coordinator for our wellness program. Nina Hauf is our Head Trek Guide and
leads our treks and other services as part of our wellness programs . Paige Officer and Kalilah
Yusaf are our trek guides. Combined, our trekking team have many years of hands-on horse
experience as well as interacting with clients from all walks of life, gaining many positive reviews.
WRRC Ltd boasts an accessible location in Belfast, Christchurch in Canterbury, only 15 minutes
from the central city. We are lucky to be able to welcome individuals from our close and wider
“We have been to the Waimak River Riding Centre now many times with our groups. The horse
trek is always a big hit and everyone raves about it for weeks afterwards. The Waimak River
Riding team are professional and organized, great communicators and provide such an awesome
experience that we know we will be back with future groups. What stood out for me was the
ability of the staff to organize our large group but then cater for the individual needs of the riders
with a range of abilities and comfort levels. I would highly recommend this organization to
anyone, from the seasoned rider to someone facing their fears. Thank you!”
– Forward Foundation, NZ Charity with the mission to empower girls through active
recreation and sports.
Forward Foundation pictured riding with us in May 2022.