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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
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok, if the idea of very limited wifi and no phone signal makes you curl up into a nervous ball then look away now..... The Lodge is set in the bottom of a steep river valley and is just beautiful! Originally set up to take advantage of the suburb Grade 5 rafting, it's now also an established stop for the... More 

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Waikato Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For a relaxing safe horse ride for the experienced but haven't ridden for awhile then this place is the go . The horses are so well cared for and loved by the owners. These horses are valuable horses in monetary value and in quality. How much you get out of the experience really comes down to the individual attitude and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in a private ensuite room which was NOT river view but then again, I did not ask for it. Price was $99 NZ. Our room was simply EXCELLENT in every possible way. Rata the receptionist and other staff members were all very kind and helpful. I will take an issue with the reviewer who gave a one star... More 

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

Kia Ora Can I just say how much reading your review this morning made my day! Thanks so much for taking the time to write a well thought out and honest review. I must admit it is the first time I have been called a gentleman, but I can live with that! I hope the rest of your travels in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Stayed overnight with kiwi experience in 6 bed dorm which was clean but very basic (also was slightly cold at night). The kitchen was tiny, far too small for the number of people staying there. But they do offer meals at a reasonable price. The showers are outside so not ideal for winter, but they were clean. On the whole... More 

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

Kia Ora Sarah Thanks for taking the time to write a review of your stay at River Valley. I am sorry that the entire experience was not as good as you hoped, but thanks for pointing out the high points. As far as staff are concerned, they are, as you pointed out, a friendly lot, though Kiwi humour does not... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Came with kiwi exp and absolutely loved it!! Had a great time and loved how everyone gets to mingle and get to know each other in a relaxed environment. Staff were friendly and the food was amazing. Just overall a fantastic place to go. Even if you don't do activities!

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

Kia Ora Kristina Thanks for taking the time to write this review. Being somewhat isolated from towns and cities, River Valley can be a great place to relax and get to know either people you are travelling with, or other people staying. By the way, our chef, Miranda always like hearing that people loved the food. Thanks and all the... More 

London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Set in a beautiful location, what was unfortunate was the attitude of one of the members of staff named Spencer. As we arrived with the Kiwi bus, he sat us down and gave us a talk, in a very condescending manner. It gave the whole stay a bit of a bitter feel... He then explained that the river was too... More 

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

Kia Ora Sarah Thanks for taking the time to write a review of your River Valley experience. We will share your comments with the bus greeter with the view to making that part of staying at River Valley a better experience. As far as the duckies are concerned, we actually find that people rave about their experiences in these smaller... More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Full compliments on the beautiful place these guys run and the exemplary service they offer. We booked here for accommodation only as needed to stay near here and couldn't find anywhere else that didn't look "basic" from what we could tell online. We were initially a little reluctant at the 30 min deviation off SH1, but by god was it... More 

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

Kia Ora Mark and Wendy Thanks so much for your review. It is always so nice to hear back from people who had great experiences at River Valley. Hope to see you back sometime. All the best Brian More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Came here with the kiwi experience bus. The only ok thing about this place was the roast dinner. Very cold showers which are in the open outside and also outside toilet which are a nightmare if you need the toilet in the middle of the night in winter!!! Me and my partner were very tired so opted for a private... More 

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

Kia Ora Oliver Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your River Valley experience. I am sorry that your stay was not as positive as it could have been. Since reading your review we have had a meeting with staff who greet guests who travel on Kiwi Experience. We want to make sure that everyone goes... More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

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

Kia Ora Louis Thank you for taking the time to write such an enthusiastic review of your stay and experiences at River Valley. We often find that guests who throw themselves into what is available have amazing experiences. All the best on your travels Kind regards Brian More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 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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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Lodge, responded to this review

Kia Ora Charlotte Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experience at River Valley Lodge. I am really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and took the time to tell other. Kind Regards Brian More 

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