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River Valley Adventures

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Address: RD 2 | River Valley, Taihape 4792, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 6-388 1444
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River Valley is an adventure company that operates from River Valley Lodge,...

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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White Water Rafting!!

We did a half day this morning on the river and had the absolute best time white water rafting with Sam! Had so much fun, felt safe and welcome the whole time and the food was so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 11, 2016
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

We did a half day this morning on the river and had the absolute best time white water rafting with Sam! Had so much fun, felt safe and welcome the whole time and the food was so good too (Miranda's food is to die for)!! Will always remember as one of the best things we have ever done and the... More 

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Bathurst, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

We went white water rafting with Ants and Thommo on March 19th. We were expecting to be in a big raft with 5-6 others, but were told during our induction that we'd be in smaller rubber duckies (2 people max) that would be 'much harder and much more fun'. Accurate description. We only had a small group (4 rafters and... More 

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

Kia ora Tinders Fantastic to read that you enjoyed your trip on the Rangitikei River so much. The 2 person inflatable kayaks we run at very low river levels can be an absolute hoot, and a lot of fun. There is also no doubt that the calibre of the guides helps to make the trip. All the best Brian Megaw More 

Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

My boyfriend and I stayed one evening at the River Valley Lodge. The evening we did the Sundowner Horse Trek with Jess and it was perfect (despite him being horribly ill with a fever!) The trek was great, even if my horse was disobedient and ate grass A LOT!! I switched horses with Jess and Alfie turned out to be... More 

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

Kia ora Tazza It was a real pleasure to read your review. It can be very special a horse ride on a summer evening, plus white water rafting is always fun. Hope to see you back one day. All the best Brian Megaw More 

Hamburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

We did the half day rafting trip and it was the best we have done so far. Great rapids, great guides, beautiful scenery and so much fun!!!! We also camped at the lodge with our camper van and had dinner with a Kiwi Experience group. Again, great is the word to describe it. Food was tasty and the price was... More 

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

Kia ora Julia Thanks for your 5 star review of your River Valley rafting experience, on the Rangitikei River, and of course your meal. To use your words, "Great" review. Thanks Brian More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

I came to New Zealand with the intention of doing some whitewater rafting (despite having zero previous experience), and I'm glad i chose to do it on the Rangitikei river with River Valley Lodge. The trip begins with a 20-30 min drive to the starting point, where the river is nice and gentle. This allows for some basic tutorials in... More 

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

Kia ora 10/10 - wow thanks for that! Being able to raft a fun, thrilling and not least, beautiful river such as the Rangitikei is a privilege. River Valley guides take this seriously and do work hard to provide a safe, but fun experience on the water. Thanks again for choosing us. All the best Brian More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Pros: Great guides, best river I've rafted, value for money, great for groups. Cons: None - but just don't go expecting an easy ride. The half day whitewater rafting on the Rangitikei River was up there with best activities/trips that I have ever done! The guides for starters (who also work at the nearby River Valley Lodge) were brilliant; very... More 

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

Kia ora Nate Thanks for the tremendous review. Those small boats at low flows in summer can certainly be a blast. All the best Brian More 

Nantes, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Amazing rafting!! It was my 3rd rafting in my life and the best one.The team was perfect:fun and professionnal.The river is beautiful, and to scary for very good sensation!!!!!!!!!

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

Kia ora Lily Thanks for your review, and really appreciate that you rated your trip right up there amongst the other rafting trips you have done. All the best Brian More 

Romford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Epic. The lodge itself is secluded and nestled in a valley alongside the river. All staff were helpful, friendly and fun. Fantastic food (the roast and lasagne were amazing). It was our first time white water rafting and we would 100% go back here and do it again. Our guide, Daniel was hilarious and we did not stop laughing during... More 

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

Kia Dan Thanks for your review. Daniel can certainly be a fun guide, though not always, as you allude to, politically correct. Great to read that you had a fun time. Kind regards Brian More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

I read that this is one of the best if not the best whitewater rafting in NZ. I don't have any comparison, but I had one of the best activities so far for the month I've been in NZ. Tom was very skilled I would say since our time in water seemed so easy and smooth despite the technical challenges... More 

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

Kia ora Suryadi Thanks for your review. You are quite right. Tom is an exceptional guide and would have made the challenges involved in the trip appear easier than what they really are. Love hearing that rafting with River Valley was one of the highlights of your time in New Zealand. Kind regards Brian More 

Victoria, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

My girlfriend and i were here with Kiwi Experience tours. She did the horse back riding and i did the riiver rafting. The adventure activites and the guides were terrific, but the facilities themselves are poor and we left feeling the owner/opperators are penny pinching cheapos. This place is definitely rustic and I'm fine with rustic, but it sucks when... More 

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

Kia ora Dave I am sorry your stay at River Valley left you feeling underwhelmed. It is certainly not the experience of most people who stay with us. We do take exception to being called money grubbing cheapos, as all of us here work hard to try and deliver great experiences for our guests. Have you considered that it is... More 

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