River Valley Lodge – New Zealand’s Original Adventure Lodge 2018-09-10T03:30:15+00:00

Welcome To River Valley – New Zealand’s Original Adventure Lodge

Witness remarkable landscapes in the safe hands of a highly experienced team. Our expertise, knowledge and insights, accumulated over three generations, can give you the most rewarding, interesting and enjoyable adventure experience you have ever had.

Within our extended family we can lay claim to three generations of Rafting and Horse Trekking Guides. Unique amongst adventure operators.  Experience, knowledge and insights, that have not been lost with each change of staff, but rather treasured and added to over decades by the family.

GRADE 5 WHITE WATER RAFTING

Our grade 5, white water rafting trip is often recognised as one of the best half day trips in the world! With 10 major rapids on this 11 km run, plus numerous smaller rapids, there is plenty to get excited about.

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ADVENTURES ON THE RIVER

Discover the magic and beauty of the Rangitikei, Ngaruroro and Whanganui Rivers, on one of our river trips. We have adventures to suit everyone, including scenic family floats, multi-day rafting trips and wooden dory trips.

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ADVENTURES ON HORSEBACK

Experience the freedom of riding using Natural Horsemanship techniques. River Valley Stables has something for everyone – from a half day horse trek, to a multi-day horse riding holiday. We have rides for all abilities.

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UNIQUE RIVER SIDE ACCOMMODATION

River Valley is based in a beautiful and remote setting, beside the Rangitikei River, on the North Island of New Zealand.
We have a range of accommodation for you to rest after your day’s adventure.

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A River Valley trip will be something to talk about for years to come, and make your adventure seeking friends wish they were there.

To make sure you choose the BEST experience for you, please take the time to read our guides.

For help in choosing the right New Zealand Rafting trip, please click here

For help in choosing the right New Zealand Horse Riding experience, please click here

River Valley Lodge is an ideal venue to catch up with friends, have a reunion with family, book for a corporate retreat or adventure, take time out to recharge your batteries, or simply use as a base for some fantastic adventuring.

Want to find out more about a Rafting Experience with River Valley?

See what our guests have to say

“What the hell a bleached blonde princess of 44 with a knee injury was doing contemplating a Grade 5 river rafting trip was completely beyond me.” Peer pressure and a New Years Eve rash promise was the main cause, but following through with it was proving to change me into a fully fledged diva who was scared shitless and ready to bolt at first opportunity!

Kelly Judkins

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This experience is one that got me “out of my seat”, out of the city and into a fabulous combination of spectacular scenery, great company and an unforgettable adventure.” My biggest obstacle in doing a Grade 5 rafting trip with River Valley was a previous negative kayaking experience. As it turned out, if I had had the cash and time I would have done a second trip the next morning!

Neil Duxbury

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“The one thing that I think probably stands in the way of a lot of people coming to River Valley is it is in the middle of nowhere… it’s worth the ride into the wilderness” I would really recommend River Valley. There are so many people who never really experience the outdoors. They don’t get to breathe fresh air and the air here is so pure. You can even drink the water in the river.

Paula Byrne

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  • Officially a horse riding girl now everyone say hi to Billy 🐎⛰ #kiwiexperience #rivervalleylodge #horse #trekking #gltlove #newzealand
  • A part I enjoy about my job is making friends with the local wildlife 😂😍 • • • #horse #dun #nature #beauty #friend #love #pony #newzealand #nature #igers #newzealandpics #horsesofinstagram #equestrian #instadaily #instamood #igdaily #equus #nz #outdoors #worklife #rangitikei #rivervalleylodge
  • Check out the amazing views and the canyons of the Rangitikei river on our overnight Lodge to Lodge horse trek 🐴 #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleystables #naturalhorsemanship #nzmustdo #thisismanawatu #purenz #horsetrekking #nznorthisland #nzrivers #getoutdoors
  • Out of reach - one night at River Valley #rivervalleylodge #travelnz #lovelyplaces
  • Being cut off from the world in River Valley with no WiFi or signal, just the river, lodge bar and friends to keep you happy! It also featured roast beef 🤤 #rivervalleylodge #kiwiexperience #newzealand
  • One of my favorite stops so far! River Valley Lodge offers fun outdoor activities, as well as grade five rafting on the Rangitikei River! [[rafting pictures to come]] 💫
  • We survived Grade 5 White Water Rafting yesterday morning in River Valley 🚣🏽‍♀️ so much fun and our boat didn’t tip over, thank God (although we came very close)!
  • Great experience with River Valley for my very first rifting. Grade 5!! Experienced guides and amazing view through the tour. #rifting #rivervalleylodge#nz
  • Cooling off in the heat ☀🌊 #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #rangitikeiriver #nzmustdo #whitewaterrafting #thisismanawatu #swiminourregion #getoutdoors
  • Day 8) the highlight of my trip 🥰 #trekking #ponytrek #horsetrek #horseride #riding #equine #hack #throughhorsesears #horseriding #rangitikei #rangitikeiriver #nz #newzealand #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleystables #barefootandbitless #mountainsgandalf
  • River Valley Lodge🏕 . . 깊은 숲 속 핸드폰 서비스도 안되고 오르락 내리락 힘들긴 했지만 경치만 보면 힘든것도 다 풀린다😂 . . . #뉴질랜드 #뉴질랜드여행 #북섬 #오클랜드 #여행 #일상 #숲속 #리버벨리 #자연 #🇳🇿 #nz #newzealand #auckland #trip #travel #youth #life #tour #rivervalleylodge #falls #nature #loveit #newzealandfinds #🏕
  • Deep in the valley.. This photo brings back so many fun memories from my first solo trip back-packing around New Zealand. I used @kiwiexperience as a way to get around and one of the stop offs recommended was white water rafting on the Rangaitikei River with the @rivervalleylodge. It did not disappoint. This shot is from "The Narrows" the calm before the storm or grade 5 rapids 🌊🙌
  • Had some really good days at River Valley Lodge - no connection to mention one reason! Reading, short swims and riding. Then via Desert road passing Mt Ruapehu and Lake Taupo to reach Pyes Pa outside of Tauranga. See Ya! #rivervalleylodge #skifieldsnz #varmareochvarmare
  • A beautiful start to 2019! Perfect weather for the families out on a scenic rafting trip today ☀☀☀ #rivervalleylodge #riverrafting #thisismanawatu #familyrafting #scenicrafting #rangitikei #rangitikeiriver #purenz #nzmustdo #getoutdoors
  • We love seeing Whio (or blue ducks) on the river. Our rafters were lucky enough to spot a pair on the grade 5 trip yesterday. River Valley is an active participant in the Ruahine Whio Collective, a group who specifically help this threatened species. It's great when we see our conservation work paying off. #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #whio #ruahinewhiocollective #blueduck #purenz #rangitikeiriver #nznorthisland #thisismanawatu #docnz
  • Awesome day rafting down the Rangitikei River... another bucket list item ✅ #rangitikeiriver #rivervalleylodge #whitewaterrafting #grade5rapids #sweetasbro #bucketlist #nzventures
  • White water rafting 🚣‍♂️ #whitewaterrafting #rivervalleylodge #rangitikei #newzealanddiaries #taihape #newzealand #nz #rafting #rivervalley #rivervalleyrafting #rangitikeiriver #rangitikeirafting #rangitikeiriverrafting #riverrafting #river
  • Can't believe these guys have finished travelling with us, we've loved having you on board over the last 8 weeks and wish you all the best with your next travel adventure. 💚 Photo cred: @road_rebelz 📷 #kiwiexperience #itsyourtime #embracetheunexpected
  • River Valley, NZ 🚣🏼‍♀️🐑🌲 . #rivervalley #newzealand #rivervalleylodge #whitewaterrafting #middleofnowhere #myhappyplace
  • Rafting gets so much more fun with the great team of Santa's elves! 🎅🏻 @rivervalleylodge #rangitikei #rafting #raftinggrade5 #rangitikeiriver #rangitikeirafting #rivervalleylodge #rivervalley #river #fun
  • #turnbacktime Förra året firade jag och familjen jul med ett härligt gäng på River Valley lodge, Nya Zeeland 🍻🎅 Undrar om moster @carlssonbmc antar utmaningen i år 🤔🤶🤗 #rivervalleylodge #kiwiexperience #merrychristmas
  • Merry Christmas to all our guests, friends and family! On behalf of all the River Valley team we wish you all a very merry (and safe) Christmas 🎄 We will be open every day except Christmas day over the festive period and hope to see some of you soon or in the new year! Here's rafting elf getting in the Christmas spirit this morning #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #whitewaterrafting #nzmustdo #thisismanawatu #nznorthisland #rangitikeiriver #rafting🌊 #christmasrafting #raftingelf
  • It's almost time for our first dory trip of the season! This is a 4 day, 5 night trip on the Whanganui river in wooden dories. A really unique way to experience the Whanganui journey - New Zealand's most popular river trip. The trip departs on the 14th January and we still have space for another 4 people. For more information about the trip, or to enquire have a look on our website - www.rivervalley.co.nz/activities-adventures-tours/whanganui-river-dories/ #rivervalleylodge #whanganuiriver #whanganuiriverdories #doryboat #whanganuijourney #nzrivers #nzmustdo #purenz #getoutdoors
  • 📍New Zealand, white water rafting at River Valley. Ploughing through them grade 5 water drops like a boss 🤙🏽🛶 . Highly recommend this activity, it was such a scream and the river views were scenic 🌊⛰ . . . #instagood #picoftheday #summer #instadaily #instamood #travelgram #ootd #travelphotography #travelling #traveling #travelblogger #backpacker #backpacking #solotravel #NewZealand #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #whitewaterrafting #rafting #waterrafting #watersports #activity #memories #rafting #river #waves #surf #surfing
  • Perfect weather for a Fantail Canyon multi-day river trip yesterday 🌞🌞 #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #multidayrafting #rangitikeiriver #thisismanawatu #purenz #nzmustdo #nznorthisland #familyrafting
  • Wild and free in Lord of the Rings country #lovenewzealand #taihape #rivervalleylodge #horses #mychildrenaremyworld #happy #lovenz
  • Taking in the amazing views on my noble steed for the morning🐴🌳🏇🏼💨 #horseriding #rivervalleylodge #views #scenery #newzealand
  • It maybe looks like we’re taking it easy while Isaac our rafting expert is keeping us alive.. But if you wanna see us paddle for our lifes in grade five rapids, then check out our latest video on YouTube! >> Link in bio
  • Actual Paradise ⛰ . . . #newzealand #newzealandfinds #newzealandtrip #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #nzlife #bestlife #sanctuary #paradise #river #riverrapids #travels #roadtrip #kiwiexperience
  • When your face Grace's the page but it looks like this...🙃🙃🙃 @kiwiexperience @rivervalleylodge #kiwiexperience #embracetheunexpexted #rivervalleylodge #whitewaterrafting #bestinstaface #omg #ytho
  • A unique stay at the River Valley lodge with no technology or phone service! #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #river #valley #adventure #travel #kiwiexperience #exploring #scenic #chill
  • Christmas party antipasto platters 🎄 Full of home made goodness like cumin tortilla chips, free range, organic sticky bbq chicken, sweet chilli prawns and other deliciousness! We can cater for functions, parties and events and have a licensed bar on site 🍻 #rivervalleylodge #thisismanawatu #christmasfunctions #antipasto #christmasparty #taihape
  • This was without a doubt my favourite stop on the North Island. The team there are so welcoming and it really seems like they absolutely love their jobs, and it’s easy to see why. The @rivervalleylodge is set down in a steep, stunning valley next to the Rangitikei river. The accommodation is really comfortable and homely and don’t even get my started on the roast dinner 🤤 We did the Grade 5 white water rafting experience which was SO much fun. Our guide was great, he had us all in bits as he took us through the 11km trip down the river. It was honestly the most fun I’ve had and I’d totally do it all over again if I could. I don’t have a picture of us doing the rafting so I’ve stolen Charlie’s picture (thanks CF) of their gorgeous horses - I loved it so much there I had to post something. #travel #rivervalleylodge #horses
  • White Water Rafting 🌊 . . . #whitewaterrafting #rivervalleylodge #rivervalley #rivers #rafts #adventure #travelblogger #travel #travelgram #wanderlust #bucketlist #travelspo #kiwiexperience #kiwi #nz #northisland #nofilter #islandlife #travellife #backpacking #backpacker #glt #girlslovetravel #travelfriends #love #traveller #backpackerlife
  • Forward! Back paddle! Lean left, lean right, jump left, jump right! Get down! HOLD ON!! ••• Whitewater rafting in River Valley was amazing! 😁🛶🌊 . . . . . #whitewaterrafting #rafting #adventure #activities #river #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #badass #rapids #adrenaline #fun #friends #friends👍 #kiwiexperience #newzealand #lovelife #backpackerlife #pushyourself #nocomfortzones
  • River valley rafting nutters and my awesome team of beauts including Captain Kirk! #teamshot #girlpower #kickedbutt #noneofusfellin #hungoverasfuck #winning #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge
  • Went white water rafting yesterday in river valley! It was awesome even if my face says otherwise 🤣 #whitewaterrafting #grade5rapids #somuchfun #somuchfuntogether #teamwork #webossedit #didntfallin #rivervalleyrafting #newzealand #travelling #adventure #challengingmyself #onlyliveonce #rivervalleylodge #captainkirk
  • White Water Rafting on the Rangitikei River🌊🛶 #kiwiexperience #rivervalleylodge #newzealand
  • Captain Derek Zoolander commanding our yacht casually down the Rangitikei #rivervalleylodge #bush #pies #chewbacca
  • Amazing morning white water rafting on Rangitikei River
  • When you're such a pro you can run the rapids backwards... @eddiepomare22 🌊 #rivervalleyrafting #rivervalleylodge #whitewaterrafting #rafting #nzmustdo #rangitikeiriver #thisismanawatu #kiwiexperience
  • A day of adventure on the Rangitikei River in these beautiful surroundings #whitewaterrafting #rivervalleylodge #rangitikeiriver #waterfalls #goodbye #kiwieexperience #travelling #newzealand @helen_jg @goodguy8652 @1sambrown
  • Facial expressions says it all #whitewaterrafting #rivervalleylodge #grade5 #newzealand #travel
  • #day55 12km of white water rafting on the Rangitikei River - one of the top grade 5 rafting trips in the world on New Zealand’s deadliest river - although the only thing I broke was a nail!! I absolutely LOVED the trip, it exceeded all expectations and made me love River Valley Lodge even more than I had before - definitely the best stop of the trip so far! When we arrived in Auckland this afternoon we were very tired, but wanted to do something, so headed to the Embassy Theatre to watch Bohemian Rhapsody which had been on my list for a while and was even better than I thought it would be!! #rivervalleylodge #whitewaterrafting #rangitikeiriver #backpackingadventures #kiwiexperience #newzealandfinds #adventurephotography
  • A rare sight on the grade 5 section of the river today - our managing director, Brian Megaw, with a boat full of customers. Few people have the privilege these days to raft with Brian, as he has traded in his paddle for garden tools. When he's not busy feeding animals, collecting eggs, or gardening, he can usually be found in the office, writing blogs for our website or doing other important 'office stuff'. But here he is, in his own words 'fizzing' to be back on the stick... #rivervalleyrafting #rivervalleylodge #whitewaterrafting #rangitikeiriver #rafting #kiwiexperience #thisismanawatu
  • What a place! River Valley was truely one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in New Zealand! And I had my Nobel steed “Fat Boi” to show me around 😉 #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #horse #horseriding
  • River Valley Lodge ⛰💦🌺 🇳🇿#rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #northisland #northislandnz #newzealand #kiwiexperience #travel #middleofnowhere #rollinghills #scenery
  • The white water rafting at river valley was amazing! 🌊 . . . #newzealand #NZ #visitnewzealand #travelnewzealand #backpacking #backpacker #rivervalley #rivervalleywhitewaterrafting #whitewaterrafting #NZwhitewaterrafting #rafting #rivervalleylodge #kiwiexperience #kiwiexperience2018
  • Nov 9th & 10th - RIVER VALLEY, NZ FOURTEEN YEARS LATER!! Some things (people) have not changed a bit, but other things have changed drastically. All still so beautiful and as magic as it was the day I arrived. 20-ish year reunion is happening here in April 2024!! Mark it in your calendars, River Valley peeps! 😁 #rivervalleylodge #reunited #goodtimes @thedevilwe4rsme @brons1 @daisymay_sunshine @janey.megaw @jjgilbert @darylbayly @geegeenana @mmmbush @madtu @fuhrgadastettleri
  • It was sad to say goodbye to @rivervalleylodge today. I had an incredible four days of horse trekking through the mountains and loved every second spent with my buddy Rio. This was yesterday's view from the top. Not bad, NZ, not bad at all..

 THE RIVER IS BECKONING