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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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Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre
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.
  • 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
  • Enjoy morning or afternoon tea
  • Ride in a small group of six passengers per guide
  • Perfect for all ages and skill levels
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Reviewed 6 days ago
Absolutely Incredible!! 10/10 Highly Recommend!

I've done many horse treks and led many horse treks and this is by far my favorite that I have ever been on! Chris does an excellent job catering to all riding abilities while on the ride. I have 15 years of riding experience but...More

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RubiconValleyHorseTr, Owner at Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for the great review and comments, Pleased you both had a great time out on my horses, Will see you again. Chris

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Fantastic afternoon ride

Great scenery..my friend was so nervous and scared but in the end under Chris and Jonny guide she ended booked and smiling..for me lived my horse and got to do a lot if cantering...clear safe instructions..comming back in September.. thank you guyz..🤗😉

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RubiconValleyHorseTr, Owner at Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you. I know I will see you again, It was good to see your friend relax and enjoy the afternoon. Chris

Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile
Amazing Ride!

I was lucky enough to be the only person on my afternoon 2hr trek with Chris. He was very clear and supportive in his instructions, and I was given a lot of freedom to trot/canter through fields at my own pace - a rare treat!...More

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RubiconValleyHorseTr, Owner at Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

Thank you for the great review, I enjoyed my ride with you, It was good to just go for a run, See you again one day. Chris

Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile
Unbelievable scenery

What an amazing experience! Sampson trekked through some stunning scenery for me today letting my photography skills bloom. Chris and Johnny did it a little different to other horse trails that I’ve been on letting us move out of single file and taught us how...More

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RubiconValleyHorseTr, Owner at Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

Thankyou so much for the good review, Hope we will see you again one day. chris

Reviewed 18 July 2018
A must do!

What an experience! I love it. Perfect weather, friendly horses, spectacular views and friendly Chris and Johnny. Trek super well organised, at the start, Chris gives clear and simple instructions, then Chris or Johnny guide us through the different parts of the trail and give...More

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RubiconValleyHorseTr, Owner at Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2018

Thank you so much for the great review, I was nice to see you all having fun out in my office, Cee you again one day. Chris

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