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Group Fantail River Ride Horse Riding Experience - 1 Hour

Christchurch, NZ - Show on map
Waimak River Riding Centre

Group Fantail River Ride Horse Riding Experience - 1 Hour


  • Magical horse ride only 20 minutes north of Christchurch
  • Ride through beautiful natural bush and wide-open spaces
  • Meet the friendly and curious Fantail birds up close and personal

Take the reigns and enjoy a picturesque horse ride through the stunning backcountry only 20 minutes from Christchurch city. Meander along woodland areas and verdant grasslands, and cross the clear blue waters of the Waimakariri River (river permitting), with gorgeous scenery on offer all year round.

What's Included?

  • One-hour horse ride
  • Professional guide
  • Approved safety helmets

Gallivant through breathtaking scenery on horseback during this two-hour horse trail just 20 minutes north of Christchurch. Once settled onto your horse, you'll follow your guide out to the backcountry and ride along a diverse range of terrain, including luscious woodland areas and open green spaces. You'll then head along the riverbed before crossing the cool, blue waters of the Waimakariri River, often the highlight of the ride for many. Along the way, you'll have the chance to meet some friendly Fantail birds up close and personal, as they are very curious and sometimes come right close to the riders. Photo opportunities are aplenty during the ride, with a gorgeous backdrop on offer in all seasons, including snow-peaked mountains in the winter. Your riding ability sets the tone for the ride, and if there are beginners in the group, you'll be split into groups so that everyone can ride safely.

Session Length

  • Please allow 90 minutes to two hours for the whole experience
  • Please arrive 30-minutes before departure
  • Available daily at 10 am and 1 pm, excluding Christmas Day, Boxing day and New Years day


  • Please advise your weight and riding ability upon booking so a suitable horse can be allocated
  • Weight limit is 95 kg
  • The minimum age is 10 years
  • Younger children allowed but will be walked or led
  • Parking outside the entrance gate
  • All participants are required to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time to allow for paper work, helmet fitting and a safety demonstration
  • Late arrivals may compromise the safety of the ride and therefore may be excluded


  • Change your booking up to 24 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 24 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience


For the safety of our clients we prefer not having people on our trails.


If the provider feels that the weather will compromise the safety of the trek, they will contact you and reschedule.

Dress Code

Please wear comfortable long trousers (shorts and three-quarter pants are not recommended), sturdy covered in shoes and other clothing suitable for the conditions.

This experience takes place in Belfast, Christchurch, NZ

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