6 Days Riding Lessons and Guided Farm Trekking Horse Riding Holiday in New Zealand
Kowhai Residential School of Riding , 711 Island Road, View Hill 7495, New Zealand
Horse Riding Holiday's in New Zealand
Come and stay at Kowhai Residential School of Riding's farm stay in the Canterbury foothills and enjoy riding a well-schooled horse with a helpful instructor. You can stay in your own private room with all meals provided, and your evenings can be spent relaxing in the farmhouse, with free Wi-fi. Enjoy a mix of horse riding lessons and guided farm trekking to suit your riding skills and abilities!
Rider weight limit: 220 pounds / 100 kilograms
Tack type: English tack
Horse breed: New Zealand Warmblood, Thoroughbred X, New Zealand event horse
Horse height range: 12hh to 17hh - over 80 horses and ponies available
Airport transfer included:
Christchurch International Airport
Air-conditioned public areas
You will stay in a private single, double, or twin cabin with all bedding provided. Evenings can be spent relaxing in the large sitting room with air conditioning, TV, and free Wi-Fi.
08:30 Breakfast eaten with the family in the homestead
09:30 Guests catch horses under Kowhai staff supervision/instruction
09:40 Guests groom, pick out hooves, and help with saddling and bridling their horse, sometimes stop for coffee, etc.
10:00 Morning lesson starts
11:00 Lesson finish - horses fed and unsaddled, etc.
13:00 Lunch eaten in the homestead
14:00 Horses saddled and bridled
14:30 Afternoon trek or lesson starts
15:30 Ride finishes - tack cleaning, grooming, etc.
19:00 Dinner in the homestead
Note: This schedule is to be used as a guide only and will change due to weather, rider's ability, and the number of guests. Horseback riding is only available subject to fine weather and safe operating conditions. Kowhai reserve the right to cancel any horse riding on days when circumstances beyond their control would affect the safety of horses and riders. There is no reduction in the farm stay fee should this take place.
Liz started Kowhai in 1969.
Liz holds ESNZ GRADE II - Performance coach in Show Jumping, Dressage & Eventing.
She also holds NZPCA ‘A’ certificate and a Workplace First Aid Certificate.
In 2017 Liz was awarded a gold bar for long service to New Zealand Pony Club.
In 2019 Liz was awarded a QSM for services to equestrian sports and the community.
Rebecca (Becci) Thomas
Becci holds NZPCA ‘A’ & ‘H’ certificate, was the 2017 NZPCA coach of the year and is our farrier, cook and instructor.
Becci also hold's a Workplace First Aid Certificate.
During your stay, you will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All meals will be eaten in the homestead with the family.
The following meals are included:
The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:
Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation
Things to do (optional)
Kowhai is 11km from Oxford town - from boutique shops, cafes and restaurants, markets, local arts and craft through to jet boating on the Waimakariri River, playing golf, or testing your skills on the mountain bike trails. The mountain valleys and ridge lines offer opportunity to enjoy alpine and forest environments for those who love to hike or short bush and village walks are close by for those who prefer a leisurely amble.
5 days of riding
Includes either a one-hour semi-private or a 2-hour group lesson each morning (this depends on the number of guests staying)
Includes either another one-hour lesson or a guided farm trek each afternoon.
Round-trip airport transfers from and to Christchurch International Airport (CHC)
Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
5 nights accommodation
What's not included
How to get there
Christchurch International Airport
Arrival by airplane
Please book your flight to arrive at Christchurch International Airport (CHC). Transfers from and to this airport are included. Kowhai Residential School of Riding will pick you up from the airport.
The airport is located 75 kilometers from the farm, about a one-hour drive away. Arrival and departure times are flexible to suit your flights and transfers are available 24 hours/day.
Airport: Christchurch International Airport
Airport transfer included: Christchurch International Airport
No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.