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Kowhai Residential School of Riding Ltd

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Address: 711 Island Rd, View Hill, Oxford 7495, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-312 4309
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

A unique riding school for people interested in improving their equestrian...

A unique riding school for people interested in improving their equestrian skills. Well schooled horses and ponies, enjoy lessons from complete basics to Dressage, Show Jumping & Cross Country combined with scenic farm trekking. Transfers from Christchurch airport or city available 24 hours POA. Free transfers from Oxford.

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Horse Riding Camp - girls had an amazing time

My two girls have recently attended a holiday riding camp. They both had a fantastic time - so much so they want us to move to the South Island so they can be regular riders at... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Robyn M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My two girls have recently attended a holiday riding camp. They both had a fantastic time - so much so they want us to move to the South Island so they can be regular riders at Kowhai! Coming from the city I wanted my girls to experience real country riding - not just lessons in the arena (which they do... More 

Thank Robyn M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My 3 daughters have learned so much at Kowhai! They've developed great friendships, great respect for their instructors and a huge amount of knowledge since riding beginning riding here. Having the opportunity to take a break from city life has also been invaluable. No gaming stations, no malls or boredom sitting around home, instead they're have great fun in a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Great place, we did half a day of dressage lessons and then went on a trek in the afternoon. The instructor girls were very helpful and we would definitely come again.

Thank Anneke M
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

We had a fabulous day at Kowhai yesterday. We were VERY impressed with the young staff who should maturity beyond their years. They had wonderful patience and positivity with the children. The horses were lovely natured and are obviously well loved and cared for. Thank you for an awesome day and wonderful memories. I would thoroughly recommend these guys if... More 

Thank nc52367
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

For young people with a love of horses, this is a perfect paradise. The young people are collected from central Christchurch and enjoy the freedom of having 'their' own horse for the weekend, looking after it, grooming it as well as trekking and jumping it. The instructors are very safety conscious but encourage the young people to ride to their... More 

4 Thank Ruth S
Otago Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

Hi Chris Please pass on our thanks to the Kowhai team for another great horse camp- you do an amazing job with the kids. Our daughter was just stoked and was very pleased to ride Amazon again. Kind regards Rebecca and Chris

Thank rmccone1966
Christchurch, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2015

We paid for our daughter (10yrs) to stay for a weekend riding camp. When we arrived no one came to greet us and many parents were wandering around with their kids not knowing what or where to go. Finally an older and gruff woman cam out and shouted to the kids "who wants a bunk?" This was the official introduction... More 

6 Thank MandyNZ2013
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2014

I have been to Kowhai twice before, the first two times I had a great time with jumping, dressage and trekking, even going for a gallop on the treks. The horses were well behaved and I felt confident. The instructors, although not much older than myself, were friendly and helpful. Once they realised I was capable they allowed me to... More 

4 Thank Horsecrazychick
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2014

I have visited Kowhai three times from Japan. I found great pleasure in having excellent lessons and treks through so nice scenery I've never seen in Japan. You can have various lessons, dressage and jumping including cross country. There are very good coaches. You would recognize the aids correctly through lessons and they have many methods of making horses better.... More 

2 Thank Yoshiki1989
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

I started riding at Kowhai when I was a young, inexperienced girl going through the typical "horse phase" that so many young girls do. For years all I could talk about was Kowhai, how much I loved every single horse and pony that I have ridden, how many lifelong friends I have made. Kowhai has given me so many opportunities... More 

5 Thank Lieza2014

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