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About River Valley Adventures
River Valley is an adventure company that operates from River Valley Lodge, an Adventure Lodge situated 32 kilometers east of the central North Island town of Taihape. What is River Valley all about? River Valley is all about rafts and horses. In fact 3 generations (since 1982)of guides have brought adventures based around river rafting and horse back riding to the general public. Rafting ranges in duration from half day Grade 5 trips on the Rangitikei River - often called one of the world's top half day Grade 5 trips - to gentle floats in the midst of spectacular scenery on our Scenic rafting trips. Horse Trekking. The core of the River Valley Stables riding experience is the natural horse training techniques used to train our horses. This produces horses that are responsive and happy. All riding takes place over the beautiful hill country of this area - the northern Rangitikei.
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River Valley Rafting - Grade 5 White Water Rafting on the Rangitikei River
$130.43 per adult
River Valley Rafting - The Awesome Scenic Rafting Adventure. Family Rafting
$130.43 per adult
River Valley Stables - Harmony With Horses, Half Day Horsemanship & Trek
$130.43 per adult
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We completed the 6 day epic adventure from River Valley down to Rathmoy Lodge. What a fantastic experience this was, with excellent guides, great food, and amazing campsites along the Rangitikei River. I would thoroughly recommend this adventure to anyone. Its a great opportunity to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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rivervalleynz, Digital Media Manager at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Paul, Thanks very much for leaving us a review. We are glad you had a great time on our Rangitikei River Explorer trip. The guides also had a great trip with you guys, I will pass your feedback on to them. We hope...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lodge rooms are clean and comfortable and the food each day was healthy, plentiful and delicious. We did the 2 hour horse riding trek one day which was well organised and our guide Autumn was fantastic. We had a nervous rider and her caring...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Susan N
rivervalleynz, Digital Media Manager at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Susan, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and your horse trek. I will pass on your kind feedback to Autumn. Kind regards, Dani

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had a great time at the lodge and a fantastic time white water rafting. I have been rafting before in Oregon USA and in Costa Rica. The rapids are very exciting and the raft guides are very capable and make the trip very fun....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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rivervalleynz, Digital Media Manager at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Pamela, Thanks very much for your kind review. Glad you had a good time and enjoyed the rafting trip. We hope to see you again sometime. Kind regards, Dani

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have rafted many times in big rivers in Canada so we weren't sure what to expect in NZ. The River Valley Rafting experience was AMAZING and yet different from our canadian experience. The water has a lot of interesting features, it's a really bumpy...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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rivervalleynz, Digital Media Manager at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Ora Sarah, Thanks very much for your lovely review. It's always interesting to have comparisons between our trip and rafting trips in other locations. I'll pass your feedback on to the river guides. We hope next time you have chance to stay with us....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All the staff were excellent, as a New Zealander it felt at sometimes they were trying too hard. But appreciate its needed as we generally have a more relaxed view of customer service they other countries. Gear is excellent, heaps of layers to much sure...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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rivervalleynz, Digital Media Manager at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Ora, Thanks for your kind review, glad you had a good trip. Good to hear we exceeded the usual New Zealand customer service standard. All the best, Dani

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at River Valley with Kiwi Experience and had a really good time. Our accommodation was fun (16 people in a dorm) and the rafting tour was superb. The only thing that has stopped me leaving a 5* review is the photos for sale...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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rivervalleynz, Digital Media Manager at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia Ora James, Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us and the rafting trip. Thanks for your feedback on the photos - I will pass this onto the guides. Kind regards, Dani

Reviewed November 27, 2018 via mobile

Stayed at River Valley for 1 night with Kiwi Experience-would have loved to have stayed 2 though as it’s in such an idyllic setting, so peaceful and the staff are very friendly and welcoming. The roast dinner was a bit disappointing though (meat a bit...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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rivervalleynz, Digital Media Manager at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2018

Kia Ora, Thanks for your review, glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Sorry you had problems with noise, we do offer other accommodation options that are further away from the main lodge. I will pass on your feedback to Eddie and to the chef....More

Reviewed November 26, 2018 via mobile

Team is friendly and professional. They cooked a great dinner and white water rafting was simply amazing. Our instructor, Daniel, was really nice, funny and tool good care to have a great, unforgettable experience.

Date of experience: November 2018
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rivervalleynz, Digital Media Manager at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2018

Kia Ora Gabriela, Thanks for leaving us a review, glad you had a great time. We will pass your feedback on to the chef and Daniel. Kind regards, Dani

Reviewed November 26, 2018 via mobile

Loved every minute! 💕💕💕 This place was recommended to me by a friend on the South Island. River Valley Lodge did not disappoint. It was everything and more. The staff were warm and welcoming, I never felt alone even though I was traveling solo. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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rivervalleynz, Digital Media Manager at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2018

Kia Ora Allana, Thanks for your lovely review, glad you enjoyed your time here. It was great having you here, we hope to see you again in the future with your family. Kind regards, Dani

Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

Booked this trip on a whim and it has been the highlight of our roadtrip so far. Derek and Daniel were awesome guides and made the river seem easy under their guidance. I would totally recommend booking this trip if you're thinking about it. Also...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from nztilak | Reviewed this property |
This River valley adventure place few different options. I'm sure they will offer more than one option to you. It's a must go beautiful place and lovely and very experienced people.
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If you give the Lodge a ring on 0800 248666 they will be able to sort something out for you. Regards Brian
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