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Find great places to ride your horse in Waimakariri. Many of the places to horseride, or carriage drive are provided by Environment Canterbury (ECAN), through regional parks. 

Northern Pegasus Bay

Horses are permitted along the full length of the beach between Waimakariri River Mouth and Waimakariri\Hurunui Council Boundary , including the area between Woodend and Hurunui beaches.
  • Please give way to pedestrians, and ensure that you ask for permission if you wish to pass through a flagged surf lifesaving zone. 
  • Stay below the high tide mark (except when entering or exiting the beach)
There are 3 main access points for horse riders; Waikuku Beach, Woodend Beach, Kairaki Beach.
Click on the map below to see more detail of the areas, access ways and where you will share with vehicles.

Te Tuhaitara Coastal park horsetrails

Waikuku, Pegasus, Kaiapoi

Tūhaitara Coastal Park covers approximately 575ha of land along the coastline from the Waimakariri River mouth to the township of Waikuku. Stretching along the coast for 10.5 kilometres, it comprises many natural features of local, regional and national importance. Horse trails exist so that you can ride both on the beaches (as above) or on the horse trails in this area.

For more infomation read or download the brochure.


Waimakariri River Regional Park

Customer Service:  03 353 9007 or 0800 324 636

Horse riding is allowed in this regional park in the following places:

Templars Island

The main entrance to Templars Island is off Coutts Island Road if you are coming from Christchurch. There is also access along the Templars Island Road from McLeans Island

Gate opening hours
Summer (daylight saving): 7am - 10pm
Winter: 7am - 7pm
Park rangers Ph 03 353 9725.

West Melton Forest

part of the Waimakariri RIver Regional Park.  
approx 350 hectares of pine forest between Chattertons and Weedons Ross Roads.
  • Picnic areas are provided, with hitching posts for horses
  • trails for riders and carriages!
  • Shared with walkers and runners - horses have right of way
  • Public toilet
  • Car park - Seven spaces for cars, separate to horse float park. 

Access and Parking

The main park entrance is off Chattertons Road.

Gates open 7am to 7pm in winter and 7am to 10pm during daylight saving.

Pull through parking - A well-designed park for horse floats. Just drive in, pull over next to the central oval and drive on when you’ve finished. No backing needed.


A 10km marked trail, suitable for all abilities. Large sandy areas and forestry roads allow riders to explore further.

While most of the trail is sandy, there are stoney sections where some horses may require shoes.
Horse carriage driving – Roads within the forest are suitable for carriages. The entrance will fit 1.8m-wide carriages. If you have a wider carriage, contact ecan to ask about key system.

Get a brochure here 

Baynons Brake Horse Trails

Baynons Brake Waimakariri