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Horse Riding Holiday in New Zealand

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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!

Key information

  • 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

Meet the instructors

Liz & Rebecca (Becci)
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  • 7 day stay 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.
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free bedding and Wi-Fi included
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


7 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Christchurch International Airport
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  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Free Wi-Fi

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 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 Thomas

Rebecca (Becci) Thomas



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:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

What's included

  • 7 days of riding
  • 2 riding lessons per day (or 1 lesson / 1 trek)
  • Round-trip airport transfers from and to Christchurch International Airport (CHC)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare

How to get there

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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 one-hour drive away.

Airport: Christchurch International Airport Airport transfer included: Christchurch International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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 arrival.
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