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Address: RD 2 | River Valley, Taihape 4792, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 6-388 1444
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River Valley is an adventure company that operates from River Valley Lodge,...

River Valley is an adventure company that operates from River Valley Lodge, an Adventure Lodge situated 32 kilometers east of the central North Island town of Taihape. What is River Valley all about? River Valley is all about rafts and horses. In fact 3 generations (since 1982)of guides have brought adventures based around river rafting and horse back riding to the general public. Rafting ranges in duration from half day Grade 5 trips on the Rangitikei River - often called one of the world's top half day Grade 5 trips - to gentle floats in the midst of spectacular scenery on our Scenic rafting trips.

Horse Trekking. The core of the River Valley Stables riding experience is the natural horse training techniques used to train our horses. This produces horses that are responsive and happy. All riding takes place over the beautiful hill country of this area - the northern Rangitikei.

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Relaxation, Horse trekking, overnighting

While my wife went on a 1/2 day horse trek with a wonderful guide, I found a comfortable bench near the river and enjoyed reading a book and relaxing in the lovely/picturesque... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Columbia
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Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While my wife went on a 1/2 day horse trek with a wonderful guide, I found a comfortable bench near the river and enjoyed reading a book and relaxing in the lovely/picturesque location. The facilities are fantastic, the meals excellent, the staff friendly and the scenery beautiful.

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Germantown, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I spent almost 4 weeks in New Zealand and this was the best day of the trip! We did the half day White water rafting trip in the morning followed by a quick lunch and an afternoon of riding horses. Our guides were excellent, the horses well cared for and the setting was simply amazing. This was... More 

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

Kia ora Michael Thanks for the review. Going back to a place is sometimes disappointing, but in your case your second River Valley experience seems to have also been a highlight. I hope the rest of your travels were as good. Regards Brian More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We visited River Valley adventure lodge as part of our Kiwi Experience tour and stayed for one night. We decided to splash out and stay in a private ensuite room away from the main centre of the lodge. The room was basic but excellent with a really comfortable bed and great bathroom facilities. The lodge itself is in the middle... More 

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

Kia ora Wow! What can I say. You have really put some detail into your review, and we really appreciate that, as no doubt will other readers. By the way, yes Richie is a new guide, and while he has done a great deal many training trips, he has not been in charge of his own boat for long. He... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

We did a half day this morning on the river and had the absolute best time white water rafting with Sam! Had so much fun, felt safe and welcome the whole time and the food was so good too (Miranda's food is to die for)!! Will always remember as one of the best things we have ever done and the... More 

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

Kia ora Thanks for your review of the time you spent at River Valley, and especially Miranda's food and rafting with Sam. Really appreciate you taking the time. Regards Brian More 

Bathurst, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

We went white water rafting with Ants and Thommo on March 19th. We were expecting to be in a big raft with 5-6 others, but were told during our induction that we'd be in smaller rubber duckies (2 people max) that would be 'much harder and much more fun'. Accurate description. We only had a small group (4 rafters and... More 

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

Kia ora Tinders Fantastic to read that you enjoyed your trip on the Rangitikei River so much. The 2 person inflatable kayaks we run at very low river levels can be an absolute hoot, and a lot of fun. There is also no doubt that the calibre of the guides helps to make the trip. All the best Brian Megaw More 

Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

My boyfriend and I stayed one evening at the River Valley Lodge. The evening we did the Sundowner Horse Trek with Jess and it was perfect (despite him being horribly ill with a fever!) The trek was great, even if my horse was disobedient and ate grass A LOT!! I switched horses with Jess and Alfie turned out to be... More 

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

Kia ora Tazza It was a real pleasure to read your review. It can be very special a horse ride on a summer evening, plus white water rafting is always fun. Hope to see you back one day. All the best Brian Megaw More 

Hamburg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2015

We did the half day rafting trip and it was the best we have done so far. Great rapids, great guides, beautiful scenery and so much fun!!!! We also camped at the lodge with our camper van and had dinner with a Kiwi Experience group. Again, great is the word to describe it. Food was tasty and the price was... More 

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

Kia ora Julia Thanks for your 5 star review of your River Valley rafting experience, on the Rangitikei River, and of course your meal. To use your words, "Great" review. Thanks Brian More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015

I came to New Zealand with the intention of doing some whitewater rafting (despite having zero previous experience), and I'm glad i chose to do it on the Rangitikei river with River Valley Lodge. The trip begins with a 20-30 min drive to the starting point, where the river is nice and gentle. This allows for some basic tutorials in... More 

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

Kia ora 10/10 - wow thanks for that! Being able to raft a fun, thrilling and not least, beautiful river such as the Rangitikei is a privilege. River Valley guides take this seriously and do work hard to provide a safe, but fun experience on the water. Thanks again for choosing us. All the best Brian More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

Pros: Great guides, best river I've rafted, value for money, great for groups. Cons: None - but just don't go expecting an easy ride. The half day whitewater rafting on the Rangitikei River was up there with best activities/trips that I have ever done! The guides for starters (who also work at the nearby River Valley Lodge) were brilliant; very... More 

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

Kia ora Nate Thanks for the tremendous review. Those small boats at low flows in summer can certainly be a blast. All the best Brian More 

Nantes, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015

Amazing rafting!! It was my 3rd rafting in my life and the best one.The team was perfect:fun and professionnal.The river is beautiful, and to scary for very good sensation!!!!!!!!!

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

Kia ora Lily Thanks for your review, and really appreciate that you rated your trip right up there amongst the other rafting trips you have done. All the best Brian More 

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