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River Valley Lodge Day Tours

RD 2 | River Valley, Taihape 4792, New Zealand
+64 6 3881444
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Taihape
Type: Horseback Riding Stables
Owner description: River Valley is an adventure company that operates from River Valley Lodge, an Adventure Lodge situated 32 kilometers east of the central North Island... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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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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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The location of the Lodge is awesome. One of the best sceneries I've stayed in in my life... The wooden house is truly cosy and the food delicious. However, if you go during winter and you stay in the 2 or 6 bed dorms you will have to go out in the cold to get to the toilet or have... More

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We stopped in River Valley on the Kiwi Experience and had an amazing time! It was one of my favorite stops on my whole 5 week journey, mostly because of the rafting. The lodge was cozy with extremely friendly and fun staff helping out. Several of us woke up early the next morning to take part in the white water... More

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Lodge Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi Caroline Thank you for your very nice review. Much appreciated. Great to hear that you had such a fun time on the river and also liked the Lodge. All the best on your travels. Brian More

Wotton-under-Edge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Our first visit to River Valley left us wishing we had booked a longer stay. However our second trip 3 years on left us wishing we hadn`t booked for 3 days. The place had a decidedly tired look and the food had taken a large drop in quality. The organised trips were as good as ever but River Valley Lodge... More

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Lodge Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi there Thank for your review. I am sorry that your experience second time round was not as good as the first time. In answer to the points you raised. Over the summer we upgraded all the rooms you speak of, so this was identified and has been rectified. We generally get excellent feedback about our meals, so not sure... More

Superior, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

Couldn't resist a chance to get in the saddle at this place. Despite the rain I had a very enjoyable time with them. The horses are well kept and fit for their jobs. The natural horsemanship is interesting- I'm a jumper river so it took some getting used to- but the horses respond and respect it. Due to my experience... More

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Lodge Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We do wok hard to match horses with riders, and it is always great for everyone when that comes off. The key with what we do at River Valley Stables is natural horsemanship style training. I am glad that you this a positive in your trekking experience. Regards Brian More

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The river is sublime - there is nothing else like it in NZ. The drive into the valley is well signposted and the countryside on the way is lush and green. We did the half day grade five raft trip on the upper Rangitikei again and loved it, again. The guides are without a doubt some of the best we... More

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Lodge Day Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora Thank you for the excellent review of River Valley and your experiences while you were with us. Hope to see you back some time. Kind regards Brian More

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

River valley was a long drive away from most other attractions. In fact, after turning off from the main highway, it was another 45min drive in minor roads before reaching River Valley. However, the distance was worth it as River valley offered excellent grade 5 rafting experience. We went in late Nov2013 and on a monday. It wasn't crowded and... More

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Lodge Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi Allan Thank you very much for your kind review. Brian More

Thonon-les-Bains, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

we did a half a day rafting last week and it was really great. We had 2 instructors on our raft, Derek and Daniel. They were really kind and funny. The river is really awesome. The fact that we had to jump out of the boat at the beginning was scary but it helps me a lot to get more... More

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Lodge Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It summed up very well the care the guides put in every day on the river. All the best Brian More

Christchurch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

What an Amazing Day!! Spencer was our guide and he was fresh and vibrant, easy going, he really made the trip. 10/10 I would recommend anyone wanting to experience the thrill and excitement of rushing down the rapids, it's sush an adrenaline rush!! Thank you River Valley!

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Lodge Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi JoMark22 Thank you for your review of your Grade 5 rafting trip on the Rangitikei River, and your kind words regarding Spencer your guide. I will pass on those comments to him. Kind regards Brian More

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