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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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Attended a 21 st birthday party at the Lodge and had a fantastic time. The service was excellent, the food great and the prices charged reasonable. During the planning phase the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
Patrick H
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Waiouru, New Zealand
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Waiouru, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Attended a 21 st birthday party at the Lodge and had a fantastic time. The service was excellent, the food great and the prices charged reasonable. During the planning phase the Lodge made it clear that they would ensure all those attending either stayed the night(great option) or had sober drivers. ID were checked on arrival and the team mostly... More 

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

Hi Patrick Thanks for taking the time to give write a review. Always a pleasure to have groups such as yours stay. I hope they come again. Regards Brian More 

Frankfurt, Germany
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

It was my first whitewater rafting ever and I was definately scared ;) but I trusted Derek to lead us safe down the river and he did much more than this. It was absolute fun cruise with him (he is not rude, but special, people taking themselves not so serios will be allright with him) The raft is more than... More 

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

Kia Ora Stefanie Thanks for your review. Great to read how much you enjoyed your River Valley experience. The link to this review has been circulated amongst staff so hopefully someone will get back to you. All the best Brian More 

Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

In March this year we took our daughter for a 3 day rafting adventure down the Rangitikei River through the Mokai Canyon for her 10th birthday present. It was the first time back in NZ for us as a family in 5 years. We also did a 2 hour horse trek. We were lucky enough to have two guides, Kirk... More 

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

Kia Ora Scott, Hatsuko, Mizuki Thank you for your very kind review. We love being on the river, and especially multi day trips. These are a great opportunity to interact with nature and unwind, and of course to enjoy good company. Hope to see you again when your daughter is a bit older. Kind regards Brian More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I went horseback riding. Amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone, beginner or expert. View and guide were absolutely lovely.

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

Kia Ora Karin Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We always love to hear that people had a great time on our rafts and horses. All the best. Brian More 

Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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

Hi Guys Always nice to host Adventure magazine and especially good to get positive feedback. You guys experience plenty of the offerings of various adventure operators, so nice to know that you know what you are talking about. Regards Brian More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
80 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
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 

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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 

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