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River Valley Lodge

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Perth, Australia
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

River Valley Lodge is very well set up, & it does what it says on the label ie the website. It is set in a deep valley beside the river, and rustic is a good word to describe it as a whole. The food was excellent - dinner, breakfast & lunch, & reasonably priced. The bar is also reasonably priced... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

great cozy place and yummy group meals. the wood fired sauna is hot and refreshing I came for the rafting and would return for the experience. The staff are passionate about the environment and rafting of course. The team is super happy and always willing to make your stay even better

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Thank Joshua N
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29 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Coming from Wellington we stayed here for a night. Next morning we went for the rafting. Both the lodge and the rafting was amazing experience. We came with 2 weeks old baby, our room were nice and warm when we arrived. Dinner was very tasty and the restaurant has very cozy ambiance. Not to mentioned very fair price. Our guide... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here for 1 night as part of Kiwi Experience in a 6 bed dorm. The roast dinner was absolutely wonderful: yorkshire pudding, roast chicken, roasted root veg, roasted potatoes, gravy, and peas. My only complaint is that the chicken was a bit dry, but overall it was among the top meals ate in New Zealand. The breakfast and lunch... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed here last night on the kiwi experience (June 2016) and have nothing but admiration for this lodge. The whole setting is absolutely amazing, at the bottom of a valley with wooden main lodge with picturesque log fire as centre piece to warm yourself against on the cold evening and morning before the bus (if you're not going the activities).... More 

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Stayed here with the kiwi experience so as a warn to couples looking for a romantic time I would maybe avoid in summer. The food is amazing all cooked by a Maori lady with an excellent spice couboard. Booze is cheap during happy hour. I also when white water rafting while I was here and That was a really good... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We stayed 3 nights, we did the harmony with horses half day ride. It was an absolutley amazing experience, getting to know the horse and then ride out, up hill and down dale, and despite it all I wasn't too sore the next day. We stayed in an ensuite room, the bed was huge, the pillows many and the linens... More 

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

Kia ora Thanks for the fantastic review. It is always so heartening to hear back from guest who have had such a positive River Valley experience. Hope to see you back at River Valley at some stage. All the best. Brian Megaw More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

The double cabin we stayed in was nice and had comfy beds, and was worth the little extra compared to the dorm. In the morning we did the white water rafting and we had a great time, it was a real adrenaline rush! Our guide was really nice and talkative and we felt very trusting of him too.

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

Kia ora Thank you for your review. It is always great to hear from people who really got a lot out of their River Valley experience. Kind regards Brian Megaw More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Great spot and lovely family-run company with everything you need for a good time - fun guides with local knowledge who made it all look easy, good equipment and warm gears and showers, bar and nice rooms - thanks Janey!

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

Kia ora Ben Thanks for your review. Your few words sum up the experience well. All the best Brian More 

Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

You could easily miss this place as its off the beaten track, but don't! We stayed in an en suite river view room but they have rooms for all budgets. Our room was great with everything we needed and a very comfortable bed. The main reason to visit is for the whitewater rafting trips but they do less energetic river... More 

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

Kia ora Thank you for your review. It is always great to read reviews from people who have had a fun and rewarding stay at River Valley. We also appreciate your recommendations, such as the meals available at the Lodge. Kind regards Brian More 

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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 

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Address: 300 Mangahoata Road | Pukeokaku, RD 2, Taihape 4792, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Rangitikei District > Taihape
Price Range: $31 - $175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
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