Visited River Valley somewhat reluctantly with the Kiwi bus as me and my friends had never heard of it before and were short on time in new zealand and had other places we wanted to go to, however, after leaving we all agreed it was the highlight of our trip! Situated well off the beaten track and surrounded by incredible scenery which alone could've kept us entertained for the duration of our stay. Activities offered were so much fun and the staff were even better, they drank and played games with us all night in the homely and comfortable lounge area by the open fire, making us all feel completely at home and we enjoyed a relaxing sit in the sauna. Daniel, Spencer and Tommy were brilliant and very entertaining, and the girls at reception and the kitchen were lovely too. Couldn't have asked for more! Staying in the 'orgy room' was a good laugh and an even better way to keep warm on a cold nz night! Definitely planning a return visit.
- 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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