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  • Location:Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration:3 hrs

Christchurch Horse Trekking

Experience breathtaking views of the Southern Alps during a horseback ride along the banks of the Waimakariri River — just outside Christchurch. This 1.5-hour horse trek, led by an experienced local guide, accommodates both beginning and experienced riders. If you’d like, upgrade your experience to include a visit to a working sheep farm or a jet-boat ride through Waimakariri Gorge. Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located hotels are included.


  • Enjoy the pleasure of riding a horse through the beautiful banks of the Waimakariri River on this half-day tour from Christchurch
  • Horse trek tour prefect for both beginners and experienced riders
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from centrally located Christchurch hotels

What You Can Expect

Christchurch Horse Trekking

Christchurch Horse Trekking

After pickup from your centrally located hotel in Christchurch, you’re driven approximately 25 minutes from the city center to the banks of the Waimakariri River. You’ll travel through the pastoral landscapes of the Canterbury Plains to the foothills of the Southern Alps. Colloquially known as ‘The Waimak,’ the braided Waimakariri River flows all the way to the Pacific Ocean and is one of the region’s largest rivers.

On arrival, you’re matched with a horse for your trek, whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced rider. During your 1.5-hour guided horseback ride, led by an experienced instructor, marvel at stunning alpine views — a perfect outing for the entire family.

If you’d like, combine your Waimakariri horse trekking experience with other attractions: a jet-boat tour or a sheep farm visit. 
Jet-Boat Ride
Zip along the narrow canyon of Waimakariri Gorge on an exhilarating jet-boat ride at the foothills of the Southern Alps, with breathtaking views of the rugged snow-capped mountains. Brace yourself for a wild ride as you twist and turn down the gorge at high speed — a thrill to remember.

Sheep Farm Visit
Visit one of three working sheep farms in a tranquil rural setting. See sheep dogs at work, rounding up the flock and penning them for you to pet. Watch a sheep shearing demonstration and have the opportunity to try your hand at it as well. Enjoy either morning or afternoon tea.

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended November 2012


Megan S
New Zealand

4 star rating: Recommended August 2008

Daughter and I were taken on a one and a half hour trip, great tour leader, friendly and ready to help us as a beginner, really great.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this August 2008

This wasn't exactly what the description described. It was more like going to a local riding stable, saddling up and then trekking over the plains and through a creek. 'Magnificent & breathtaking views of the Southern Alps' were at least 100 miles off in the distance.
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Tour code: 2950CLT10


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