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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 USDĀ 65.48
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Two hour River Trail departing at 2pm.
USDĀ 65.48
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Two hour River Trail departing at 9am.
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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.
Reviews (16)
1 - 5 of 14 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is clearly a first class horseback riding stable. The 'ranch' is in perfect order, the horses are very well trained and extremely well cared-for, and Chris is an amazing rider, guide and a wealth of knowledge about this area of New Zealand, livestock farming...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great experience and amazing scenery!

Chris was a great guide making it a safe and enjoyable ride. He is a wealth of information about the area and farming,

Thank Julianna B
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Thank astodds44
RubiconValleyHorseTr, Owner at Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks 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 26 August 2018 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..šŸ¤—šŸ˜‰

Thank WishboneSandra
RubiconValleyHorseTr, Owner at Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 14 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

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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
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