Arion Riding Centre

Welcome to the Arion Riding Centre

At Arion Riding Centre, we provide riding instruction and horse management lessons for all ages.

Whether you're a complete beginner or an established rider, our centre offers a safe and supportive environment to help you build a strong foundation and hone your equestrian skills.

Here's what you need to know!

Getting Started:

New Clients: Your equestrian journey begins with a private assessment lesson. Once you've gained competence, you'll join a group. If you have not ridden with Arion in the last 12 months, you will need another assessment lesson.

Dress Code:

Safety First: Approved safety helmets are mandatory when riding and recommended when children are around ponies. We can provide helmets if you do not have one.

Footwear: Suitable and safe footwear is essential for riding and working with ponies. We recommend Jodhpur boots or solid boots with smooth soles and heels. Avoid gripped soles or heelless shoes. We can provide riding boots if you do not have appropriate footwear.

Attire: Long pants are a must, and tops that cover shoulders to provide protection. Singlets or shirts are not permitted.

Weather Preparedness: 

In case of strong winds or rain, we move indoors for horse management lessons. Be sure to bring a waterproof raincoat and wear warm clothing.

Join us:

Join us at Arion Riding Centre, where you can embark on a journey of equestrian excellence, supported by experienced coaches and purpose-built facilities.

Book your lesson online today!

Arion Riding Centre Brochure

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Our top-class Facilities

At Arion Riding Centre, our quality facilities were built to cater for all levels of riders for lessons in dressage, eventing and show jumping. You may bring your own horse or choose to ride one of ours.

  • 60m x 60m, all-weather show-jumping arena with jumps
  • 60m x 20m, all-weather dressage arena
  • Fully fenced, all-weather round pen for lunging and working young horses
  • Stables with adjoining feed and tack rooms
  • Yards
  • Classroom, office & common room
  • Cross-country schooling area
  • Access to forest trail rides

All of our facilities are available for hire for individuals or groups. We can tailor packages to suit your needs.

Professional Tuition

Our experienced coaches are available for lessons on weekends, ensuring that you receive professional tuition. We have a range of specially selected horses and ponies, or you can bring your own.

Price List

Assessment lesson.

All new clients need to book an assessment lesson prior to any other booking. This is a one on one session with a coach designed to ensure we assess the rider and can advise which level lesson they should move into.

  • 30 minute assessment $45.00 (all levels)
Private Lessons
  • 45 minutes $60.00 
  • 30 minutes $45.00 


  • 45 minutes with own horse $50.00
  • 30 minutes with own horse $35.00
Shared Private Lessons (2 riders)
  • 45 minutes $45.00 per rider
  • 30 minutes $35.00 per rider


Group Lessons (3-6 riders)
  • 1 hour $40 per rider 
Arion Pony Club

Rallies are held 9am to 11am every 2nd and 4th Saturday. (except school holidays)  including riding and horse care.

  • Annual NZPCA yearly membership fee $55.00
  • Per Rally fee - Arion Horse/Pony $40.00
  • Own horse $35.00
  • Wet day rally (Horse / Pony care) $35.00
Young Riders Club (Sunday)
  • Riding and Pony Care $50.00
  • Horse / Pony Care only $35.00

You need to give us 24 hours notice if you can't make it to your lesson. You can leave a message with your name and phone number on our answer phone, if you are unable to reach a staff member. If cancellation is made with less than 24 hours notice a $30.00 non refundable fee will apply.

Full price will apply if you do not turn up for your lesson without making prior arrangements

If you fail to give notice or do not turn up another person has missed the opportunity for a lesson and our coaches time is wasted.

Lessons will proceed regardless of weather unless we cancel due to Health & Safety concerns.

Wet weather alternatives are horse management lessons held under cover.

If conditions are extreme and lessons need to be cancelled, check the Arion Riding Centre Facebook page however we will also endeavour to contact you.

Contact us on:

03 360 2192 / 021770264

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Where are we located?

The Arion Riding Centre is located at:

890 McLeans Island Road
Harewood, Christchurch.

Postal Address:

PO Box 39069
Christchurch 8545

Contact us:

Call us on:

03 360 2192


021 770 264

or email [email protected]


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