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2-Hour River Trail Horse Trek

  • 2-hour horseback riding tour with an expert guide
  • Ride alongside Waimakariri Canyon from a sheep station near Christchurch
  • View the Southern Alps from the Otarama lookout
2-Hour River Trail Horse Trek
From US$ 68.77
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Two hour River Trail departing at 2pm.
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Enjoy a guided horseback ride at a high-country sheep farm in Springfield, outside Christchurch. This 2-hour horse trek takes you on a riverside trail that is suitable for the entire family. Beginning or more experienced riders can walk, trot or canter past the Waimakariri River Canyon with views of the Southern Alps. Set out in the morning or afternoon in a small group of six people per guide.
What to Expect
See the spectacular mountain views of the Torlesse basin, as you horse trek through the valley to the Otarama lookout point. We ride past the magnificent snow fed Waimakariri Canyon and our high country farm with the back drop of the Southern Alps. 

We stop for refreshments and fantastic photo opportunities overlooking the Canyon before we ride down the terraces, following the musterers trail through the farmland. This ride is suitable for all ages, riding abilities and fitness but caters also for the more experienced riders with plenty of opportunities for some faster paced riding.

Our 2000 acre high country sheep farm situated in the Rubicon Valley near Springfield is a mixture of flat river terraces and rolling hills running alongside the magnificent Waimakariri River Canyon. There is spectacular scenery at every turn with ancient beach trees, native birds and over 3000 sheep.

All groups are small, so you get personal care and attention from our trained professional Trek Leaders. We pride ourselves on our family owned and operated business specializing in delivering truly professionally run activities with our horse trekking.
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Reviews (22)
1 - 5 of 20 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great Day! Definately recommend this Horse Trek.

Today we went on the 2 hour river trail and it was absolute amazing. Chris and Johnny, the guys who have done the ride with us both were really nice and friendly. Both were very competent and made us feel very welcome and safe. The...More

Thank AgiB2703
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Highlight of our Christchurch stay!

We ride out with Chris this morning and loved every minute of it! Horses were very well trained and very responsive - my Boyfriend had minimal riding experience but felt safe on Jack all the way round and even managed a trot. I had Diago...More

Thank emer63
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Great trek

Loved this trek. Horses were great and very quiet and responsive and great instructions from the very knowledgeable owners. The views were incredible and we saw some beautiful countryside. Would do again and would highly recommend.

Thank beccacjg1
RubiconValleyHorseTr, Owner at Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the review.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fun, great guide, lovely scenery, gorgeous horses

Did a 2 hour horse trek with Chris today. Loved it! Felt safe and looked after, and as a childhood pony rider who hadn't ridden in a long time, I enjoyed and learned from Chris' perspective on how to be with my horse. The animals...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank harbourgirl_11
Reviewed 25 October 2018
2 hr horse trek

Beautiful sunny day. Chris was my guide and coach for the trek. Learnt heaps about riding a horse from Chris, very experienced rider. The 2 hour trek delivered on scenery, amazing views down to the Waimakariri River and surrounding valleys and mountains, even got to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank cphealthspec
RubiconValleyHorseTr, Owner at Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2018

Thank you for the great review, Was nice to see yo haveing some fun, and i enjoyed pussing your comfort zone.. See you again one day Chris

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Karen S
16 October 2018|
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Response from djkiwi2015 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Karen S, The horse trail is in the foot hills of the southern Alps/ mountains in the centre of the Island. Depending on the time of your departure of your ship. It is possible. You could hire a rental car for the 1 hour... More