We were recomended staying here by our motel in Taupo as a convienient stop throught the N.I. Dispite major reservations with the quality of the directions, almost turning back a couple of times we were rewarded with a little gem of a lodge. Peaceful and tranquil yet with so much to do in nature. The river rafting, multiple nature walks, horse riding ... fantastic, and such good value for money. We had our own little, very well apointed room, I wouldn't have been so impresed if we'd been in the dormrooms but I believe they are mainly for backpackers, so each to there own. Don't get me wrong, this is not a luxury retreat but luxury here would just seem wrong, think little house on the praire homely but in a valley.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The basis of the River Valley Experience is what happens outside the Lodge. A family run business now into its 3rd generation of raft guides, 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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