My friend and I stayed here while doing the kiwi experience. The lodge is literally in the middle of nowhere but its amazing. we had to load our bags in the back of an old pick up at the top of the hill and walk down a steep hill to get the lodge. it has a nice cabin feel with a big fireplace in the middle of the common areas. great views and a river running out front. we had the 6 person family room while was a bit hidden behind some bushes. our room was quite roomy and the beds were pretty comfortable. there was a group meal that was offered but we decided to make our own. the kitchen was pretty small and only had hot plates, some of which didnt work. it took us over an hour to make our pasta dinner. there was 2 full buses of kiwi experiencers staying at the lodge so when it came time for a shower it was cold water but other than that this place is great! the staff are super friendly and theres some nice hikes to do. we opted for the horse trek which was a blast despite the clouds and slight rain. would definately stay here again and recommend it to others!!
- 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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