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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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Cairns, Australia
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very remote location which you won't get phone signal which is amazing to get away from the techo age!! They do some of the best white water rafting from the lodge and all the staff are brilliant! The Roast dinner they do here is out of this world and have a great selection of local beers :P

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

Kia Ora Andrew Thanks for your review and appreciation of the adventure activities we offer and the range of craft beer in the fridge! Always nice to hear that some people like being tech free for a day or so. All the best. Brian More 

London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed at River Valley while on board the Kiwi Bus in April this year. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel so welcome, and throughout the stay if felt like you were treated like family. The staff were really relaxed and fun - despite having a new kiwi bus most days (I'd imagine), they all were... 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. It is always so refreshing to read reviews from people who "get" the River Valley experience and truly appreciate it for what it is, an Adventure Lodge in a relatively isolated beautiful riverside rural setting. All the best. Brian More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is a Hidden Gem and should be one of the Top 5 'Places to visit' in the North Island! I wanted to treat my girlfriend to a relaxing (and adventurous) weekend away from the city, somewhere that was unique, surrounded by beautiful scenery, has adventure trips on its doorstep and was reasonably priced...The River Valley Lodge made all... More 

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

Kia Ora Will Thanks so much for your review. We really appreciate it and especially hearing what a great time you had at River Valley. All the best and hope to see you back one day. Regards Brian More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

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

Kia Ora Jack Thanks for your very enthusiastic review of your stay at River Valley. We always love reading reviews from people who "get it". An Adventure Lodge a little bit off the beaten track. We agree, if slow wifi and no cell phone service makes you shrivel up in a ball, then River Valley is probably not the place... More 

Waikato Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

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

Kia Ora Thank you for your review of your horse riding experience with River Valley Stables. There is no doubt that the Stables staff are passionate about the experience they provide and their relationship with horses. Did you stay at the Lodge, as in some ways this review might have been better on River Valley Adventure's Tripadvisor page. warm regards... More 

San Francisco
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302 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

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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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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
1 review
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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