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Address: RD 2 | River Valley, Taihape 4792, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 6-388 1444
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Description: River Valley is an adventure company that operates from River Valley...
River Valley is an adventure company that operates from River Valley Lodge, an Adventure Lodge situated 32 kilometers east of the central North Island town of Taihape. What is River Valley all about? River Valley is all about rafts and horses. In fact 3 generations (since 1982)of guides have brought adventures based around river rafting and horse back riding to the general public. Rafting ranges in duration from half day Grade 5 trips on the Rangitikei River - often called one of the world's top half day Grade 5 trips - to gentle floats in the midst of spectacular scenery on our Scenic rafting trips. Horse Trekking. The core of the River Valley Stables riding experience is the natural horse training techniques used to train our horses. This produces horses that are responsive and happy. All riding takes place over the beautiful hill country of this area - the northern Rangitikei.
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as editor of Adventure Magazine

As editor of NZ Adventure Magazine I can tell you there are good, safe operators and there are not. River Valley is an amazing experience from start to finish anyone who says... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

As editor of NZ Adventure Magazine I can tell you there are good, safe operators and there are not. River Valley is an amazing experience from start to finish anyone who says anything different comes from a position of very little experience. The food, the service, the safety, the situation and the overall great experience all flow naturally into each... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

First time back on a horse since falling off one 22 years ago. Our guide was very particular about the way we controlled our trusty steeds. It was great to learn how to get a kinda mind connection with our horses and I felt very confident about turning and stopping and also a bit of cantering. The horses were very... More 

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this review

Hi Pete Thanks for your great comments about your horse riding experience with River Valley Stables. Hope to see you back sometime. All the best in your travels. Brian Megaw More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

What a great time my partner and I had staying overnight at the riverside lodge. We managed to go rafting in the morning followed by a horse trek in the afternoon - a big day of adventure but well worth it. Rafting was a highlight of our time in NZ for sure, some of the best rapids I have come... More 

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this review

Hi Mathais Thank you for your review of your stay at River Valley. It is always great to hear that people have had a fantastic stay with us, and are willing to share those thoughts with others. All the best Brian Megaw More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We did white water rafting with River Valley Adventures as part of the Kiwi Experience on our travels around New Zealand. Don't miss this opportunity if you are in the area as it has some of the best rapids at the highest grade for beginners in the country. The guides are excellent, we had a guy called Arnie, and they... More 

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this review

Hi Craig Thanks for taking the time to write this review. I am afraid Arnie has not come back this year, spending the Northern Hemisphere winter at home this time round. Really good to hear you enjoyed the trip. We have changed the pricing schedule a little with trip photos, however what we find is that customers do not appreciate... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I was extremely lucky to receive a 'Fish and Float' trip down the Rangatikei River from my family and friends for my thirtieth birthday present. I can honestly say that it was an adventure of a lifetime. When we got to River Valley we were met by the super friendly receptionist who showed us where to set the tents up.... More 

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this review

Hi Samantha Thanks for taking the time to write this review. Derek does love to take out fishing trips! The river has been fishing very well this season as other anglers have also found. I hope the rest of your fishing holiday went equally as well. Brian Megaw More 

Chicago, IL
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We decided to do something adventurous while down under in kiwi land and happened upon this on the internet. We checked into it and found it was exactly what we wanted. Of course, we were a bit worried about the category 5 rapids, but honestly, the staff and guides were spectacular. I travel a lot all over the world and... More 

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this review

Hi Guys Thanks for the great review. It is always wonderful to know that people are having fantastic experiences at River Valley. All the best in your travels. Brian Megaw More 

Ambleside, England, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

for $200 i got a nights accomodation, a meal in the evening and a 2 hour trip on the river, doing some white water rafting. All in all, i would say that's a great price. Was a great morning of rafting, we had a guy named Dan, who was a great laugh and kept it all interesting! a must do... More 

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this review

Hi Daniel Thanks for your review of your stay at River Valley. Hope the rest of your travels go well. Brian Megaw More 

Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I spent only a night here in 2013 but I am planning a return trip this year. Got to spend the night in one of the share bunk beds and go horse riding-rode the lovely Picasso and enjoy the beautiful sights of the hills and valley's in the areas. Really really enjoyed the Natural Horsemanship style of riding-no bit or... More 

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this review

Hi Sarah Jane Thanks for your feedback. Hope to see you back at River Valley Stables over summer. Kind regards Brian More 

Palmerston North, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My husband & I first visited River Valley in 2002, when we were mere pups (and the group photo we found just showed how young we were :/) When we visited NZ this year with our 2 teenagers we knew we had to return to show the kids the fun of rafting and that we oldies still 'got it'! The... More 

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Tromso, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We had a great ride with the lovely Lizzie, in some spectacular New Zealand scenery. Lizzie trains her horses using natural horsemanship, which was really interesting to try and learn about. It took us a while to get used to, but it was very cool and inspirational. We had chosen River valley especially as they promised a more free ride... More 

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