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Mangahoata Road | Pukeokaku, RD 2, Taihape 4792, New Zealand
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River Valley Lodge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Right. Let me start with saying I visited this place via the Kiwi Experience bus circuit. We were placed in dorms which were clean and just ok. No issue there, however, the place itself is near a river and as such there are a lot of sand flies and mosquitoes that also live in and around the lodge as such... More 

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed in the family room. Was beautifully decoarated. Had a huge bed and 4 bunk beds. Top beds not safe for small children though as no rail. Loved the decor and bathroom but a fridge in the room would have been appreciated. Family did the rafting. Was very personal. Guides were fantastic and my teens had the best first... More 

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

Hi Charlotte Thanks for your review. I do remember you visiting. I am pleased that all aspects of your stay met or bettered your expectations. As far as the fridge in concerned, this is an idea that we will consider for that particular room. All the best Brian More 

Chicago, IL
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its a little off the beaten path, about 25 min from the closest town, but worth the drive. We did the white water rafting and so glad we stayed over here as well. The guide for our afternoon trip, Rhys was amazing. Jaynie, the Ops Mgr was incredibly helpful and all her staff just went above and beyond for us... More 

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

Hi Thanks for your wonderful review, especially for your comments about individual staff. This sort of feedback really gives you a lift when you are dealing with people every day. I hope the rest of your travels also went well. Regards Brian More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved it at River valley, the lodge to lodge ride was beautiful the rooms at the lodge are comfortable and clean and white water rafting was great fun. All the staff were friendly and welcoming, we felt like we were visiting friends. Nicola who took us riding was a wonderful guide and really made our stay. For anyone looking... More 

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

Hi guys Thanks for taking the time to write this review. It is a great feeling knowing that someone has had an experience at River Valley that they will treasure. All the best Brian More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed here with the kiwi exp, a definite experience staying in a 32 bed dorm! Embrace it. My highlight here was the rafting. Professional , fun and a massive adrenaline rush on grade 5 waters. The guides keep you safe and make it an enjoyable experience. Great photos too!

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

Hi Kate Thank you for your review and always glad to read that people had a great time at River Valley. By the way, did you know the style of dorm beds is that same as used in larger National Park Huts? In fact it was this style of accommodation that inspired the way the Lodge was designed. Hope you... More 

Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed xmas and boxing day nights.well looked after grounds,lovely atmosphere,good food,great staff and service.highly recommended.white water rafting golf bushwalks and horse treks all well organised.

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

Hi Diane Thanks for your review of your stay at River Valley. Hope to see you back one day. Safe travels Brian Megaw More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

River Valley is a nice place of the grid, far away from everything. If you are searching for action, i could highly recommend The Whitewater rafting, which is fantastic scenery and professionel! But my River Valley stay has been a bad experience.. It started of with the staff not being respectful of other people's belongings, when they were throwing unnecessary... More 

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

Hi Peter I always find it quite wrenching whenever I read a review from some one who did not have a positive stay at River Valley. Since you posted this review a couple of days ago we have tried to resolve the issues you highlighted. First of all your boots. While we do not know whether these are yours or... More 

Wanganui, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 via mobile

A group of five of us came and stayed in a family room which was very spacious and it had its own bathroom. River Valley is a place to get away from it all, a beautiful spot where you can have a great social time. We did the rafting during the day and went down the road and went on... More 

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

Hi Greg Thanks for your very positive review of your stay at River Valley, plus the fun you had rafting and doing other activities. We have quite a few work groups come through and it is always great to get so much positive feedback, and often to hear some of the surprise that people have that places like River Valley... More 

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Travelled with Kiwi Experience (so did stay in the "32 share room" which wasn't bad at all) comfy matresses with adequate space. Such a beautiful serene place, and well kept as well. Kirk especially was awesome at providing entertainment throughout the night with games etc. And the bargirl (whose name escapes me sorry) was friendly and always smiling. Staff at... More 

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

Hi Felicity Thanks for your real nice comments about River Valley. I hope you have a wonderful holiday in New Zealand. Regards Brian More 

Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Travelling with the kiwi ex bus and stayed in the 32 bed dorm which is different to say the least. It needs a good clean and beds changed; very uncomfortable and a bit too close to the randomer next to you! All beds are lined up in a row with no gaps. Wifi terrible and honestly for what they offer... More 

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

Hi James Thanks for taking the time to do a review. Yes we are in the middle of nowhere. That is the whole idea of River Valley. The dorm you stayed in is modeled after a New Zealand back country tramping hut, the same as used on all the great walks. I doubt they have great wifi either. Places like... More 

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Address: Mangahoata Road | Pukeokaku, RD 2, Taihape 4792, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Rangitikei District > Taihape
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14

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