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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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Fantastic weekend.

River valley is probably the best attraction we ever visited. Everything was extremely well-planned. The staff was extremely helpful a lot of fun in a lovely laid back... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
KamillaNielsen
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Hamilton, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

River valley is probably the best attraction we ever visited. Everything was extremely well-planned. The staff was extremely helpful a lot of fun in a lovely laid back manner. Everybody seemed intent on us as a family having the best possible time. And we had so much fun! The rafting was awesome, even though our son wasn´t old enough for... More 

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

Kia Ora Kamilla Thank you for your in depth review, especially as it is from a family perspective. We also appreciate your comments about your positive interaction with the young people traveling on Kiwi Experience. Your experience with these young travelers mirrors the what other guests also encounter. All the best, and hope to see you back here sometime. Brian More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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153 reviews 153 reviews
35 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I visited twice within the 7 weeks I was in NZ as had a great time first up. First time was in larger 6 man rafts with a guide in the boat which was great fun involving plenty of movement around the boat to aid navigation. Second time was in 2 man 'duckies' which was very different as had to... More 

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

Kia Ora Peachie Thanks for the glowing reviews of your two rafting experiences. I do hope we see you back for a multi day trip one day. All the best Brian More 

Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Had the most fantastic ride down the river!, these guys are great guides, and really know their stuff. If you like the white water, and can handle a bit of 'de-rafting' (because you'll almost definitely fall out at some stage!) I would highly recommend the River Valley crew. Really, really good stuff!

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

Hi Thanks for your review and your really positive comments about your rafting trip. If you were on a summer trip in inflatable kayaks - duckies - then you are probably right about falling out. If on the other hand you were in a conventional raft, then on average only 5% of people fall out - or as we would... More 

Greater London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I will add that drowning was completely down to my own inability to hold my nose!!! Great time on the grade 4 and 5 rapids. Loved the experience and so glad we white water rafter here over anywhere else! Thanks to the team at River Valley Lodge for putting up with a rowdy party crowd and an early morning raft!... More 

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

Hi Kat Awesome to read you really enjoyed your rafting trip - even if you did not hold your nose! All the best on your travels. Brian More 

Waiouru, New Zealand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

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
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
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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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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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