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River Valley Lodge

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300 Mangahoata Road | Pukeokaku, RD 2, Taihape 4792, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was travelling with the mighty Kiwi Experience and we arrived at River Valley on a pretty dreadful rainy day. However this did not stop us! The guys at River Valley are all very friendly and fantastic with us! We enjoyed some afternoon volleyball outside in the rain which I do recommend if you want warming up! I stayed in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I stopped here with kiwi experience and stayed in the 32 bed dorm, it was so much fun. We put on a film and all watched it together as well as playing games downstairs in the communal area. The food here is incredible and it was so good to have a roast again, especially with Yorkshire puddings and cauliflower cheese!!... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stayed here with the Kiwi Experience in the 32 bed dorm. The room was different - it's a row of 8 beds on the bottom and then 8 on the top which ensured you got to know your fellow roommates pretty well! The room was clean and had enough space for the 16 of us on our side of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Facilities were clean, open spaces in the dining room, a small kitchen though. Staff were friendly and the campus is beautiful. Explore trails and cross the river trolly! The rafting trip is a must-do, and a highlight of my NZ trip.

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

Kia Ora Tyler Thanks for taking the time to write a review about River Valley. Your comments sum up the River Valley experience. All the best Brian More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved our stay here. The highlight was the "sundowner" horse trek - the scenery, calm horses and good guide meant that both me and my boyfriend both had a great time, despite our different levels of riding experience! We stayed in a double cabin on the river which was so tranquil. I'd had some misgivings about staying here, since... More 

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

Kia Ora Thank you for your review of River Valley Lodge, and your comments about the "Sundowner" ride you undertook. We are always rapt to hear when people have had a good stay. Regarding Kiwi Experience passengers, we overwhelmingly have comments from other guests stating how much they either didn't notice they were there, or even more common, how much... More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've visited river valley twice in the past 3 months and had an amazing experience each time. First with a large group of friends and then a few friends but is a very social place anyways. The lodge is a great escape from the outside world, meaning a great place to relax but enjoy several activities. I rafted in both... More 

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

Kia Ora Peachie Thank you for your really positive review of River Valley Lodge, and the staff. Yes, Rata is spelt like that. Reading reviews like yours gives us all a real buzz. Thanks Brian More 

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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's location is stunning, right down the valley beside the river; beautiful! The staff was helpful and very funny, giving us a warm welcome to the place. Their lounge is quite unique and makes a good place to take a drink in the evening or reading a book in one of the many sofas they got their. We stayed there... More 

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

Kia Ora Leivsa Thank you for taking the time to post a review of River Valley Lodge. I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay. The Lodge can certainly be a great place for hanging out with friends, playing games or simply reading a book. By the way, there is Wifi. All the best Brian More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed in one of the private rooms for one night with Kiwi Experience in April 2015. Daniel gave us all a good welcome and the roast dinner was really good. The room was one of the nicest we've stayed in in New Zealand, although there was no plug sockets except for the one that the heater was plugged into.... More 

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

Kia Ora Thank you for your review of your stay at River Valley. The original Lodge, which you stayed in, was built when we had no mains power, only a generator. Hence the lack of hot points in that part of the buildings. There simply was not enough power in those days to risk people running a lot of appliances.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed in river valley the night before white water rafting. Very good for white water rafting-our guide Sam was also very good. Accommodation however disappointing-having booked a 'private room' we arrived to find two other people in our room! Cabins and showering facilities were very basic. Wifi also not provided which baring in mind the 'middle of nowhere' location not... More 

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

Kia Ora Glesni Thank you for your review. First of all, I am really pleased that you really enjoyed your rafting trip. Secondly, I don't know why you were not booked into a private room - a double I presume. If you could send some details to thelodge@rivervalley.co.nz then we can follow up and see exactly what happened. Did you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

If you are a nature buff, this is one experience not to be missed! My family and I took the rafting trip down the river with our river guide, Anthony. Though we didn't stay at the River Valley Lodge, it looked cozy and clean though the bathrooms were clearly not for families with kids. The rafting trip was certainly worth... More 

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

Kia Ora Thank you for your review of the Scenic Rafting trip you took with River Valley. This is certainly a great trip to experience as a family. I think you summed up the dramatic scenery very well. Thanks also for your comments about the Lodge. All the best in the future Brian More 

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