Many of the forbearers that worked the Canterbury plains farms and famous New Zealand high country foothill farming runs relied on horse power for every aspect of their daily lives. The legacy of this is still clearly evident in New Zealand now, and particularly in Canterbury where a very strong equine industry thrives. Many of the farms west of Christchurch city are horse studs or provide trailing facilities for the racing industry.
For recreational riders Christchurch and Canterbury offers an excellent variety of horse riding and horse trekking opportunities.
Waimak River Horse Treks is located within 15 minutes of downtown but is magically situated in a tree lined rural farm nestled beside the famous Waimakariri river. This offers riders the opportunity to ride on a farm environment, and then within a short ride riders may find themselves knee deep in glacier fed waters. At times if the water levels permit , can enable riders to safely cross the river itself.
Waimak River Horse treks provide excellent equipment and skilled trainers and horses to cater for virtually any request and the fact it is so peaceful and also within fifteen minutes of the city is remarkable. It is open 7 days.
Travelling an hour west form the city through the engine room of Canterbury’s billion dollar agricultural industry, the alpine peaks reveal large high country farms and ranches, and it is in this area Rubicon Valley Horse Treks is located. The vistas and riding environment is pure postcard crossed with a snip of wild west. Riding in winter is cooler but with the peaks covered in snow make you feel they are literally right on top of you.
If you are visiting the region from outside of Canterbury and want to experience riding in the authentic south island environment , then make the time and enjoy. And if you are on a budget, Christchurch horse riding deals are virtually always available here.
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