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Area (ha): 8 and lease another 8
Persons: 1 to 6
Category: Other
Host ID: 24833
Region: Christchurch

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Last Updated: February 4, 2018

We are a horse trekking and riding school centre catering for tourists and locals. We have 50 horses and ponies and operate horse treks on a daily basis from half hour to half day, as well as offering pony rides for small children (from 2 years and up). Located only 15mins drive from central Christchurch getting to city attractions is easy. A 15min walk gets you to the nearest bus stop for the city or Rangiora. The Waimakariri River is well known for Jet boating fishing kayaking and a great place for picnics and swimming in the warmer weather. When conditions are right we can usually get to swim with the horses!
Erika and Stan started the business in 2000 and helpers will assist with daily feeding, mucking out, grooming, saddling,pony rides and treks depending on experience and ability. We welcome experienced horse people and those passionate about horses. Over the years we have welcomed people from England, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, America, Japan,
Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Canada. We love to share ideas, opinions and foods from different cultures Most of our helpers work 5 days and have 2 days off, but we are flexible as we know you are in NZ to travel as well.

You need to be a good people person with a love of horses and animals with an enthusiastic attitude. We do give preference to those with experience with horses as working with these beautiful animals is a skill that takes time to learn. We also like people who can show some initiative, rather than waiting to be told what to do. Consequently, we prefer people who can offer at least 4 weeks or more at one time.'
So far it has been a hot Summer and a busy one too. Thank goodness the river is nearby for a cool down!
We provide great meals and a busy but happy working environment.

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