Horse Riding & Training

Horse Riding

For people wishing to ride and train horses on the beach, there are horse float parking areas provided at the end of Ferry Road in Woodend Beach, and at the southern end of Waikuku Beach settlement, off Reserve Road.

To view float parking locations, beach access areas and areas that are prohibited for horse riding and training, view the horse access map (pdf, 4.3 MB).

  • You should avoid riding through flagged surf patrol areas.
  • Horse riding is no longer permitted in the Ashley River/Rakahuri Estuary area.
  • Stick to the designated horse trails and give way to pedestrians.
  • Stay below the last high-tide mark when riding on the beach, unless using a designated access trail.
  • To find out where you can ride your horse in the Waimakariri, visit our Equestrian activities page.

Commercial Horse Training

Commercial horse training on Woodend Beach is subject to a user agreement. Find out more in the user agreement brochure pdf, 4.4 MB

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