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The River Lodge is located at the Foothills of Mt.Ruapehu on the banks of the Mangawhero River. The property is unque and superbly appointed. It features high quality accommodation and facilites, beautiful gardens to wander through, trout fishing (NZ regulations apply), BBQ facilities and under cover hot tub where you can enjoy your superb NZ wine or beer taking in the views of Mt Ruapehu. Put you feet up down by the river and enjoy a good read from our large range of books. Breakfast is inclusive in most rates and lunches can be made for an additional price to take with you on your activities. The River Lodge can assist with advice and transport arrangements for most activities in the region. Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park are very unique environments with a range of short and long walks, guided or un-guided trout fishing adventures, and golfing at Waimarino Gold course is just two minutes away. The ultimate experience with flying over the three volcanoes either by fixed wing or helicoper transport is a must do. One day river adventures by Whanganui River Adventures on the Whanganui River is also available combining a mix of jet boat up to the walk into the Bridge to Nowhere and canoe back on the Whanganui River to home base. Turoa ski field has the largest skiiable area in New Zealand during the winter with Whakapappa a close second. Both have great ski facilities and located on the side of Mt. Ruapehu offering the ultimate in ski and snow boarding experiences. There really do try to offer something for everyone! We at The River Lodge firmly believe that the little things really do matter and therefore pride ourselves on assisting you to make the most of your holiday. Come and join us.
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Public Wifi
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Airport Transportation
Meeting Rooms
Hot Tub
Golf course
Non-Smoking Hotel
Breakfast Available
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Non-Smoking Rooms
Family Rooms
Refrigerator in room
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Wanganui Airport42 mi
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed in one of the cabins and really enjoyed our short visit. The views from the outside deck of the mountain are spectacular on a beautiful sunny day. This is a nice place to sit and relax with a wine and a good book....More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Sylvia M
Response from DanielS22652, Owner at The River LodgeResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Sylvia, thank you very much for your review, but even more for staying at The River Lodge. Unfortunatly we did not reached the five points/stars. Would be great to know what we could do better or what you have missed. Anyway, all the best...More

Reviewed November 6, 2018

Green hills, a small river, very photgenic sheep & cats and and a cosy lodge. After a rain shower this was all toppped with a beautiful rainbow. Sounds almost to good to be true, but it really exists at Daniels River Lodge. The host Daniel...More

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank AlexaR41
Response from DanielS22652, Owner at The River LodgeResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Alexa, thank you very much for your great review and even more for your staying at The River Lodge. Yeahhh, you are right, it is my goal to bring in more ideas to develop The River Lodge even more. I am very happy that...More

Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

My partner & I spent 3 nights in the wonderful mountain view cabin & we just loved it. The fire was going for us when we arrived, it was so cozy & the cabin was just lovely with everything we needed. The front porch has...More

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank lisa_dancergirl
Response from DanielS22652, Owner at The River LodgeResponded September 19, 2018

HI Lisa, thank you very much for your great review and your nice words! Huuu, feels good, great that you enjoyed the place! Was great to have you here! All the best and maybe another time at The River Lodge. I try to implement even...More

Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

This accommodation was different for us. Something we had never tried before. We loved it. It was a great country style lodge with relaxing views of the pastures and mountains (if the clouds weren't in the way). Very quiet surroundings although when you are in...More

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank Red2explorer
Response from DanielS22652, Owner at The River LodgeResponded September 17, 2018

Hi, and thank you very much for your detailed rating. Nice that you liked it. We will continue to improve The River Lodge. I know, the water pressure is not optimal, but we live here completely "off the grid" and not on a public water...More

Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

The most beautiful settting, I was able to run daily with my dog though rural land with a backdrop of the river and the majestic Mt Ruapehu. Beautiful, immaculately clean and tasteful accommodation, cosy fires, hot spa or private romantic outdoor bath. Wine to die...More

Date of stay: July 2018
1  Thank TrinaC233
Response from Daniel S, Owner at The River LodgeResponded July 25, 2018

Hi Trina, ohhhh, thanks for your amazing review... makes me feel happy, that you enjoyed The RIver Lodge so much. I enjoyed the talks with you very much. I wish you all the best and maybe another time at The River Lodge. Cheers with a...More

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"You can cook your own meals in the communal kitchen if you wish to do so. Take a torch and a good reading..."
Jan 29, 2018
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"chalet for privacy , room in the lodge to enjoy the fireplace"
Aug 11, 2017
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"We liked the chalets but it could have done with a good springclean. The bed was very comfortable."
Mar 13, 2017
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$164 - $218 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandNorth IslandManawatu-Wanganui RegionOhakune
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