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Rubicon Valley Horse Treks - 2 Hour River Trail Horse Trek
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Rubicon Valley Horse Treks - 2 Hour River Trail Horse Trek

By Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre
Recommended by 99% of travellers
99% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Swap Christchurch sightseeing for a peaceful horse trek that showcases incredible views of the Torlesse basin, Waimakariri Canyon, and the Southern Alps. Cover more ground than you would do on a walking tour, and choose to walk, trot, or canter, depending on your experience level. The tour includes stops along the way and scenic photo opportunities, such as Otarama lookout point.
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Ages 12-85, max of 6 per group
Duration: 2h
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Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Enjoy a safe horse trek with a guide to lead the way
  • Ride past lots of scenic views, including Waimakariri Canyon
  • Stay fueled for the adventures—refreshments are provided
  • Enjoy the personalized service of six passengers per guide

  • 2 hour horse trek with professional guide and all safety equipment (6:1 guide ratio)
  • Wet weather gear if required
  • Local taxes
What's not included
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Start:
  • Rubicon Valley Horse Treks, 534 Rubicon Road, Springfield 7681, New Zealand
    Please arrive 15 minutes prior to confirmed booking time.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 20260P1

    • Children must be accompanied by an adult and be a minimum of 12 years old and be confident
    • Adult pricing applies to all travellers
    • Small groups with max client to guide ratio of 6:1
    • Long trousers and sturdy footwear are required
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    • Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre
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      Christchurch, New Zealand
      Joined in July 2011
    • Navigator16860662988
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The best experience!!
      My mom and I did the three hour tour with Chris. It could not have been better!! Chis was such a delight, he was so much fun and the tour had some of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. If you are interested in taking a tour and reading this review, you absolutely must!!! You can't miss it, and we will definitely be back with the whole family.
      Written 18 December 2023
    • T9598FOkyliet
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      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not impressed at all!! So unprofessional and rude!!
      Had confirmation emails for my booking which I had made a months ago before my NZ trip. It came to the day and I was so excited as this was to be the highlight of my trip to NZ. I arrived on time on the agreed date and was told he had no horse for me and that I had not been booked for that day for the 6 hour ride. I told him my email correspondence confirmed my booking, which he rudely argued. I have forwarded my correspondence to him to show our mutually agreed booking and will not recommend his business to anyone. Very disappointed and unhappy!!
      Written 20 November 2023
    • JoostM47
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Superb Trek
      It was a fantastic ride! Plenty of opportunity to walk, trot and canter. Superbly guided by Chris. It was a blast!
      Written 20 October 2023
    • M7998DTgillianm
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Gorgeous Horse Trek!!
      Chris was an amazing guide! He was such a great leader and made us feel safe and capable on the horses, there was no pressure for us to trot or canter but plenty of opportunities for those with more experience to do so. And the views were exquisite! Such a gorgeous ride on beautiful horses! And the horses are clearly well cared for and happy. I really could keep gushing over how lovely the experience was.
      Written 6 February 2023
    • melissadimech
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect Day Riding!
      A few days ago I spent a perfect day riding 🐎in New Zealand South Island at Rubicon Valley Horse Treks. It was time to head off, fortunately for me I struck one on one trek with Chris the owner of RVHT. Chris and his horses were great! The scenery was amazing through the alpine mountains, lush fields, streams of clear water and through pine tree forestry. I highly recommend Chris's horses to anyone wishing to have a great experience in NZ!
      Written 6 January 2023
    • heatherbutcher
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Twilight trek
      We spent an awesome evening with Chris and his horses Magic, Big Red, Shadow and Memphis. This is by far the best horse trek around. Chris gauges your ability and confidence level then helps you ride to the best of your ability. Awesome way to spend a summers eve 💕
      Written 15 December 2020
    • traceywnz
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Horse Trek for any skill level
      I have lots more photos to share but I don't want to spoil it if you're thinking of going My husband & I had an amazing 2hr Trek with Chris and a mid-way Dinner from Abby. Chris was a great guide, adapting to our own skill levels (20yrs since I last rode regularly & my husband has never ridden a horse) and helping us grow in confidence as the ride progressed. Dinner was tasty as too. The views were spectacular, absolutely stunning! The horses were the stars of the show, being calm, & responding well to aids given. Only took a few minutes to feel comfortable in the saddle and start to enjoy the scenery around us. Thoroughly enjoyed our outing & are definitely planning to return. If you ever needed an excuse to get in the saddle (or back in the saddle) Rubicon Valley Horse Treks are an incredible experience! PS - Abby bakes some delicious baked goods (the cheesecake for dessert was DELISH!) that you can also order for yourself. DEFINITELY do this! Your tastebuds will thank you.
      Written 12 December 2020
    • alexg242018
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Outstanding 3-hour Trek
      What can I say...we had the best day! We can’t recommend our time with Chris and Rubicon Valley enough. Gem and Jack, our horses were beautiful and so lovely to ride. We were well supported by Chris and his impeccable instruction and felt confident riding throughout the entire trek, especially considering we are definitely not experienced riders! The scenery is as spectacular as you see in the photos as well. If you are going to do one thing in Christchurch, make sure it’s this!!
      Written 23 September 2020
    • KerryWA123
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Outstanding
      First time ever on a horse! And I must say it was one of the best experiences of my life, Chris the owner was absolutely brilliant with me. I felt so confident and was able to take in the breath taking scenery!! Highly recommend specially for first time riders and to advance level which my friends are and they also enjoyed it and all can’t wait to come back
      Written 17 September 2020
    • Helen A
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A piece of paradise and a wonderful experience
      We did a 3hr horse trek with Chris, and two other people. It was absolutely amazing! Chris was very thorough with safety and instructions at the start, but also didn't waste valuable time. Throughout the trek we felt like he was watching us, giving us feedback on how we were doing, and keeping us safe. Neither of us had been on a horse in about 20 years, so we were a bit nervous! The scenery was beautiful - we had a warm, fine day. And the horses were great, and appeared very well looked after. Would definitely recommend this experience, both for locals and visitors!
      Written 1 April 2020
    • F1986AWalexh
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best Horse Trekking in NZ!
      Easily the best horse trekking you can do in New Zealand. We did a 3 hour horse trek with Chris, and it was easily the best trek that we did in New Zealand. For context, we are two intermediate/experienced riders who did about 5 different rides throughout the south island, each with different companies and each 2-3 hours. While we enjoyed all our treks, riding with Chris is an entirely different experience. It's a choose your own adventure styled backcountry ride through acres of beautiful scenery. He'll point to the top of a hill, and let you know that is where you're riding. He then gives you the easy option of walking the horses up, or cutting your own trail up through the slopes to get to the top. When you hit open paddocks, you can walk, trot, or canter your own path to the endpoint. While we were both experienced riders, this is the first trek I've ever done that is truly suited to mixed ability groups. If you know how to ride and know how to ask your horse to go straight up or down a hill and canter through huge open fields, you can. Meanwhile your friend/child/parent can have a casual safe walk to the endpoint where you join up again for walking through some beautiful scenery. Shadow and Red were well mannered, easy, and forward horses. If you wanted to walk, they would walk. If you wanted to gallop with the world a blur past you, they'd give you exactly what you asked for. They were some of the most fit and aware horses we rode.
      Written 16 February 2020
    • 524annikaw
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience!
      I joined the 6 hour mountain trek and it was great! I am a beginner rider and not used to sit on a horse for 6 hours. Chris was very nice and warned me that I probably will get sore, and I did :) but it was worth it. It was a great day on a horse with beautiful nature around me. My horse was called Jack and he was a really nice guy and very forgiving with me as a beginner :) There were many possibilities on this trek to trott and canter. The good thing is you never have to go faster (you can only walk the whole trek), but you can if you want, you only have to tell Chris before. I really had a great day and highly recommend the tour :)
      Written 24 January 2020
    • mrrf900
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Holiday Trek
      I took my daughter and we did the 3 hour trek. Chris and Sarah were awesome, knowledgeable and laid back. They taylored the trek to our different abilities. We had heaps of fun. I highly recommend it
      Written 6 January 2020
    • r-niels92
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Horse trek
      We had An amazing time with Chris and Sarah during our 3 hour Horse back Ride. First of all the horses look really well and you can tell they are threated with love and care. Second of all Chris has a lot of experience and had no problem in teaching me as a beginner without rushin, my girlfriend on the other hand had a lot of experience. As soon as they are convinced of your experience they give you a lot of freedom and the opportunity of galloping through the paddocks which is just amazing with the most beautiful scenery. Higly recommended!
      Written 18 December 2019
    • P8109ZWjulies
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      Amazing afternoon trek!
      Had a great afternoon on horseback. Chris the owner was so kind and patient. Great instructions and made us feel confident. Very well behaved horses suited to each ability of rider. Mixture of riders in our group of five, everyone was catered for. The scenery is amazing. Would defiantly recommend having a go.
      Written 10 December 2019
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    louise berridge
    Mount Maunganui, New Zealand12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely horses and place to ride! Did the 3hr ride with Chris today who adapts the pace to suit. Horses were perfect for all types of rider, forward going and highly responsive for experienced riders, while also being relaxed and reliable for any beginners or those less confident. The open terrain and paddocks were great for some faster riding, if I chose and incredible views to top it all off. I’ll be back. Thanks Chris.
    Written 25 November 2021
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    Thank you for the great review Chris
    Written 2 July 2022
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    Sebastian S
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2023 • Couples
    First time riding a horse and you couldn't ask for a better instructor, I found Chris to be enthusiastic and knowledgeable about his horses and outstanding in every other regard. He advised that every horse was personally trained by himself. His horses are very well mannered and trained. If you give them the respect they deserve and listen to Chris you are going to have an amazing trail ride. The trail is full of opportunities for photos and other challenges. I will definitely be back hopefully with a bit more experience and definitely recommend this to both beginner and experienced riders.

    Signing off,
    Magic and Shadow.
    Written 20 February 2023
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    Thank you for the great review Pleased you both enjoyed your ride with me and my horses See you again when you’re ready Chris
    Written 21 February 2023
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    happytraveller5963
    Pago Pago, American Samoa21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023 • Family
    My cousin & I rode the 3 hour horse trek: the weather was great, the views spectacular, with great variety of terrain & trails, including crossing streams & riding through forests. Our guide Chris was professional & also great fun. We rode with other folk less experienced at riding but we were able to enjoy our own 'ride' alongside them but (safely) distanced so we could climb hills & go cantering. We had a wonderful trek & appreciated that everyone could enjoy their 'own' ride at the varying levels of experience, confidence & skills they had. Totally recommend Rubicon Valley Horse Treks, it offers a real adventure for both locals & tourists while showcasing a truly beautiful part of NZ and offering a unique way of seeing it. My cousin & I are both Kiwi gals, in our 60's, and we both had a blast!! Thanks Chris and also thanks Gem & Memphis, our horses.
    Written 9 August 2023
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    Thank you for the great review. So pleased you both enjoyed your ride. We will see you again. Tell the world Chris
    Written 22 August 2023
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    M Lin
    Taichung, Taiwan1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2022
    No over commercialization. Just professionalism and quality.

    While my mom and I did a previous riding in Glenorchy, after riding with Chris, we would say that the horse riding here is definitely the one that we would recommend to our family and friends! Chris was encouraging and meticulous about details concerning safety, which made beginners like us feel extremely assured and safe. We had a great time riding and taking in the amazing views. Can't thank Chris enough for the wonderful experience!
    Written 21 December 2022
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    Thank you for the great review Pleased you enjoyed your time riding with me Chris
    Written 22 December 2022
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    e19912018
    Brighton and Hove, UK3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2022 • Couples
    Chris was amazing! He made us feel safe the whole time, whilst also having a laugh with us.
    You definitely have the freedom to trot, canter or gallop if you wanted too, whilst the less experience riders can hang back.

    This isn’t just your standard horse trek!

    Throughly enjoyable and already thinking about going back.

    Great for all riders at any ability!

    Thank you Chris - hope to see you again soon :)
    Written 6 November 2022
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    I look forward to riding with you both again. So pleased you both enjoyed your ride with me and my horses. Thank you for the great review Chris
    Written 7 November 2022
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    Happiness687789
    Podington, UK4 contributions
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    I researched a great deal on the internet before I chose Rubicon Horse Riding. I am 55 and a rider as a child and a rusty adult my husband 57 had a few lesson’s before Covid struck and only in a school. Chris is a droll and amusing character . He puts his horses and guests as high priority. He was thorough with all the saddled and Girths and stirrups. And the ride through beautiful New Zealand was amazing. My husband loved it and so did I. Chris has trained throughly marvellous trekking horses.
    Fantastic day
    Written 7 January 2023
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    Thank you for the great review Chris
    Written 8 January 2023
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    Katbeatrice
    Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you are looking for a trek that gives an experienced rider freedom and lots of cantering/galloping opportunities THIS IS IT!! (I always read reviews where people are sad they didn’t get the opportunity)

    I did the 3 hour trek with Chris and it was so AMAZING better than I imagined. Best trek I have ever done. Hands down.
    Chris is really friendly and gives clear with instructions making the whole ride easy and making you feel confident.

    I would say I am a confident novice/intermediate rider (don’t have the best technique) and I enjoyed my day so much, there were SO many opportunities to canter (if I wanted, and if Chris thought I was capable) Something I find difficult to find when picking a horse trek company. Literally living your riding through open fields dreams.

    Amazing views, hills, sheep, rivers. If you want a classic Canterbury scenery trek THIS IS THE ONE.

    My horse was fantastic and super responsive. I felt very comfortable on her.

    I lost my sunnies as I didn’t put them in my zip picked like Chris told me too…. BUT it was 100% worth loosing them to have done this great trek.

    I could not recommend this place more, I think Chris would be great with beginners and this is defiantly somewhere to visit if you know how to ride. 100% recommend.
    Written 8 August 2021
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    Great review of my treks. Thank you so much. It is nice to know you appreciate the time I put into my horses so you can ride the way you did. Look forward to seeing you again Chris
    Written 2 July 2022
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    Katie E
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2020 • Couples
    Had so much fun riding Jim through the beautiful scenery, it was so nice to have the freedom to actually ride and not be stuck one behind the other. Chris was an amazing guide, he made it so easy for me who has ridden before and my partner a complete beginner to ride along side each other whilst also giving me freedom to trot and canter on multiple occasions. Any locals Or if your travelling around the Canterbury area definitely come and have a go you won’t regret it. Kiwi hospitality to the Tee! Can’t wait to be back next time we road trip 🐴🐴
    Written 16 May 2020
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    Will see you again, Thank you for the very good review Chris
    Written 8 June 2020
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    JennyG
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2020
    We really enjoyed our two hour ride with Chris. We felt safe and looked after the whole time. The horses were capable and biddable and they were obviously very well cared for. Chris is a great communicator and we learnt a lot about riding over different terrain. The scenery was awesome and there was lots of variety of terrain.
    Written 14 October 2020
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    Thank you for the great review Chris
    Written 18 December 2020
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    Hana Burrowes
    Christchurch, New Zealand14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2021
    This was an awesome horse trek. Chris was very straight to the point and wasted no time in explaining things. The horses were bomb proof and could do their job with their eyes closed. As there were a lot of wide open spaces there was heaps of opportunity to go for a good canter, if you were more experienced.
    The beautiful views of the Waimakariri river and luscious green country side gave heaps of photo ops.
    Thank you Shadow and Chris.
    Written 27 January 2021
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