This is not really a hotel but a destination! So much on offer from this base - we did rafting and a horse-trek - both of which were well organised, with all the gear provided. Amazing location - quite a surprise at the end of the gravel road! The staff were down to earth and friendly and doing trips and staying and eating together meant we met some new, interesting visitors. Meals - generous and accommodation clean and comfortable - cool bathroom!
We had a great weekend away - thanks River Lodge!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The basis of the River Valley Experience is what happens outside the Lodge. River Valley started as a rafting company on a family farm, in the back blocks of Taihape. With one of the world's top half day Grade 5 rafting trips literally on the doorstep, it was a natural progression. A horse trekking stables was added over time, and it is these two adventurous activities, rafting the beautiful Rangitikei River, and exploring the magnificent hill country which is at core of River Valley. River Valley Lodge is an Adventure Lodge. It was built as a base for rafting and horse back riding, and this has not changed. What has changed is the clientele! The Lodge caters for young backpackers after an adrenaline fueled Grade 5 rafting trip, through to veteran mature adventurers, with an accommodation mix from bunk rooms to en-suited riverside suites. The Lodge restaurant and cafe serves a selection of fresh country style food, much not only prepared on site, but also grown in the extensive vegetable gardens. If shopping and cell phone reception are critical to your daily existence, then River Valley is certainly not the place for you. ... more less