River Valley Lodge – New Zealand’s Original Adventure Lodge 2019-08-16T23:41:40+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.

Welcome To Our Home

Tucked away at the base of the Ruahine Ranges and Mt. Aorangi, on the banks of the Rangitikei River, River valley lodge is the perfect escape from the stress of every day life.

We have a range of accommodation options from backpacker style bunk rooms, to campsites, through to deluxe Riverside Suites perfect for a romantic weekend away.

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.

Whether you’re looking for a scenic weekend retreat, an adventure holiday or simply a beautiful place to put your head for a night we would love to invite you to come and stay with us, but be warned: once you experience the valley, some people never leave.

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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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What Makes River Valley Unique?

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.

The business has always been family owned and run, and started out on the family farm. Being away from the main tourist centres, we have tended to develop systems and ways of doing things that are often unique to us. This approach is quite holistic, whether it be Natural Horse Training at the Stables, growing our own vegetables for the Lodge kitchen, having an extended family relationship within the staff, or doing practical things for the natural environment.

From the very beginning our focus has been on delivering a quality, fun experience to our guests, maintaining good relationships with our local community, and operating with a minimum footprint in our natural environment.

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

Want to find out more about an Adventure 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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  • An epic backcountry adventure in New Zealand is hard to beat. #rivervalleylodge #dupeafish #flyfishinginsiderpodcast #toplessfishing #flycvltvre #rainbowtrout #newzealand100percentpure
  • The biggest duckie trip of the year so far? 26 customers, 6 guides, 5 vehicles, 1 photographer, lots of fun! #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #thisismanawatu #kiwiexperience #nzmustdo #whitewater #inflatablekayak #inceptrafts
  • Great to be back home in New Zealand. It’s even better to be showing new friends a few special places. #rivervalleylodge #dupeafish #flyfishinginsiderpodcast #troutfishing #dryflyfishing #newzealand100percentpure
  • Off tomorrow chasing rainbows. Can’t wait to get back to NZ. #rivervalleylodge #dupeafish #flyfishinginsiderpodcast
  • Awesome night spent at River Valley Lodge, local food and drink, cliff jumps, river swims, sunbathing and sauna. 😎👌 #rivervalleylodge #swimming #sauna #sunbathing #riverswims #localfood #drinklocal #relax #cliffjumping
  • An Unexpected Bonus: This season we couldn't use the usual track to where we start our duckies trips, due to logging. After considering a few options (including a helicopter!) one of our lovely neighbours recommended another track in. The unexpected bonus is the views on the way. The track we usually use has great views, but the alternative track has stunning scenery and views over the Ruahine Ranges, the mountain Aorangi and the hill country of Pukeokahu. Now even the drive in is an awesome trip! ..#thisismanawatu #rivervalleyrafting #rivervalleylodge #pukeokahu #travelnz #nznorthisland #hillcountry #silverlining
  • Ever wondered what it's like to raft a grade 5 rapid in your own boat? When the river drops low enough we run our grade raft 5 trips in 'duckies' (inflatable kayaks or 2 person rafts). This is a unique adventure experience, which you won't find anywhere else in New Zealand (maybe even the world!). Our river guides are there to support, instruct and guide you, but you will be piloting the boat by yourself. This is our most challenging trip, you will definitely get wet and there is a high chance of flipping the boat 💦If you think you are up to the challenge then give us a call to book. We are running this trip at the moment but can only continue to run it while the river is low enough. ..#rivervalleyrafting #rivervalleylodge #nzmmustdo #nzrivers #inflatablekayak #kiwiexperience #thisismanawatu #whitewaterrafting #nztravel #nznorthisland #adventuretravel #nztourism
  • Colour of Jade and green along the Rangitikei River near Taihape, NZ. Inspirational #taihape #rivervalleytaihape #rafting #rivervalleylodge
  • It’s not many days you can say you’ve walked through the clouds...even less on your birthday!!.Thankful for all the wonderful birthday wishes and the most amazing adventures this year!.📸 @terriwright_ ..#walkintheclouds #tongarironationalpark #rivervalleylodge #35thbirthday #35andstillalive #taranakifalls #wanderlustadventures #wanderinwonder #getoutside #newzealandadventure #quityourjobandtravel #kiaoranina #luckyhappysmile
  • Breathtaking views while White Water Rafting - Grade 5 😍💪Twice in 2 weeks, 7 meter drop last week at Rotorua #NewZealand #WhiteWaterRafting #Rotorua #RiverValleyLodge #RiverValley #WhiteWaterRaftingGrade5 #KiwiExperience
  • Four weeks from now, I will will be back guiding on my favorite waters on the planet. Going to be an unforgettable 2 week backcountry expedition. #newzealand #rivervalleylodge #flyfishing #troutfishing #dupeafish #flyfishingpodcast
  • Survived rafting @rivervalleylodge, an amazing experience! #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #rafting #wildwater #adventure #newzealand #northislandnz #kiwiexperience
  • Looking to join one of our multi-day river trips this Summer? If you want to join an existing trip, check our guaranteed departures page. This is a great way for smaller groups to team up with other travellers on a trip that is guaranteed to run. At the moment we have spaces on the following trips:03/01 Mokai Canyon06/01 Mokai Canyon17/01 The Epic Rangitikei11/03 Mokai CanyonOr, for groups of 3 or more we can run trips on a date to suit you. Just get in touch to book your river adventure...#nzmustdo #nznorthisland #thisismanawatu #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #multidayrafting #rafting #rangitikeiriver #rangitikei #nztravel
  • The best day yet 😁 #NZ #rivervalleylodge #trekking
  • Right team I want a nice easy trip no funny business today! Rafting on 3!#rivervalleylodge #rafting #teamchat #toolboxmeeting #tradys
  • Had a lovely trip away to river valley enjoying white water rafting and even managed to sneak in a ride on the lovely Dakota Who needed a little hand to smile at the camera. Thanks river valley lodge and stables of having me #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleystables
  • Raftin’ 🚣🏼‍♀️ #rivervalleylodge #nz
  • So we’ve done some pretty awesome things in New Zealand... and River Valley Lodge was certainly a highlight! #WhiteWaterRafting #RiverValleyLodge #RiverValley #NewZealand #Travel #Rafting #TravellersOfInstagram #JustStrong #BeJustStrong #Adventure #KiwiExperience #Kiwi #Travelling #Fun #OutdoorAdventures #Nature
  • Rangitikei = taking the first step of a journey.#RangitikeiRiver #WhiteWaterRafting #RiverValleyLodge #adventuring #NewZealand #Manawatu-Whanganui
  • Rafting 2.0#rafting🚣 #river #rivervalleylodge #iloveit❤️ #newzealand #newzealandtrip #adventure #travelingaroundtheworld🌍
  • Sick time on the on water 🤙🌊🚣‍♂️...#newzealand #newzealandlife #discovernewzealand #travel #newbie #newzealandtrip #adventure #adventuretime #explore #mytravels #northisland #newzealand #backpacker #2019 #travelbug #exploring #travel #travelphotos #photography #goexplore #rafting #rivervalleylodge ..
  • A valley #retreat at the stunning #RiverValleylodge. Such diverse vegetation found in this area and the tropical trees are just a part of the farm land. Unusual yet magical to witness lambs taking shelter by the trunks for shade. #newzealand #northisland
  • I'm gonna take my horse to the old town road, I'm gonna ride 'til I can't no more. 🎵#kiwiexperience #embracetheunexpected #newzealand 📸@birgitss
  • The weather is looking amazing for the rest of the week! ☀ Who wants to come rafting? #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #nzmustdo #thisismanawatu #travelnz #nzrivers #newzealandtravel #travelnewzealand #whitewaterrafting #rafting #nznorthisland #explorenz
  • Up a creek with(out) a paddle? Embrace the unexpected moments and enjoy the adventure. 📸 @aaron.hickman #kiwiexperience #embracetheunexpected #nz @rivervalleylodge
  • Tried white water rafting today, somehow did not fall in!! Legolas led us through the gorge 🚣🏼‍♀️🏞️ #whitewaterrafting #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #lotr #legolas #water #sports
  • Horse walks into a bar.... no joke just what happens at River Valley #rivervalleylodge #newzealand
  • The river cart at #rivervalleylodge
  • No wifi, no network, no town, no shops - River Valley •••#rivervalley #newzealand #nouvellezelande #frogs_in_nz #kiwiexperience #experience #lost #nature #peaceful #mountains #river #friends #nofilter #sheep🐑 #rivervalleylodge #taihape #ontheroad #photography #pictures #travel
  • Photo shoot for @weddingdaymagazine @journayandco @noteworthyexpressions @abrideschoiceflorist
  • Always an interesting day at work @rivervalleylodge #rafting #rivervalleylodge #whitewater #newzealand #kiwiexperience
  • How do you cater for an all-vegetarian wedding? The answer is cheese. #rivervalleylodge #thisismanawatu #nzwedding #weddingfood #weddingvenue #cheeseplatter #cherryblossom #nzrivers #riversidewedding #manawatuwedding #vegetarian
  • A beautiful place🇳🇿✨***#neuseeland #newzealand #rivervalleylodge #beautiful #tree #landscape #landschaftsfotografie #landscapephotography #picoftheday #instapic #instagram #like #follow #me #2019 #workandtravel #happy #lovely #place
  • The Rangitikei @rivervalleylodge made it as spot number 5 on #redbull s top 8 places to go #rafting in the world. . . #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #readyforsummer #rivers #whitewater #theresapubatthetakeout . https://www.redbull.com/nz-en/river-rafting-best-destinations
  • Just a reminder that the stables is now open again for the season 🐴 We've already had some awesome rides last week, including a Home on the Range, Stay & Play, Harmony with Horses and Burn the Breeze. Thanks to everyone that joined us, it's been a pleasure taking you out!#rivervalleystables #rivervalleylodge #naturalhorsemanship #nzmustdo #thisismanawatu #newzealandtravel #horseridingholidays #horsetrekking
  • River Valley has always been family owned and operated. Here's 3 generations of river guides, ready for this morning's raft trip (which got off to a very chilly start!) #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #rafting #whitewaterrafting #nznorthisland #nzmustdo #familybusiness
  • It's conservation week! A topic that we are very passionate about at River Valley. Did you know that every time you buy a piece of our merchandise - caps, beanies, T-shirts or hoodies, we donate $2 to the Ruahine Whio Protection Trust (www.rwp.org.nz). The money will go towards protecting our native Whio, or 'Blue Duck'. We also service 100 stoat traps on land, and along the Rangitikei River, to protect these endangered birds. Our hoodies and tees are printed with eco friendly inks by @artisanscreenprints and the tees are made from fair trade, organic cotton. This is just one of the many ways River Valley contributes towards conservation and protecting our natural environment.#rivervalleylodge #ruahinewhioprotection #whio #blueduck #purenz #nzbirds #conservation #nzrivers #thisismanawatu #conservationweek
  • Big time Rafting Guide PaulE Oh and me sitting on a rock #backhome #stillkindagotit #whitewaterrafting #rivervalleylodge
  • Day 7. #newzealand #northisland #taranakifalls #tongarironationalpark #rivervalleylodge #australia #asia #travel #traveling #travelphotography #backpacker #backpacking
  • Most beautiful views from river valley lodge #kiwiexperience #newzealand #rivervalleylodge
  • Spring is definitely here this morning ☀ 🌿Spring might be the most beautiful time of the year to visit the lodge - everything is starting to flower, lambs are being born, and the river is that special colour that it only gets in early Spring. Why not come for a visit before we get busy for Summer, our discounted Winter rates are still running until the end of September#rivervalleylodge#spring#thisismanawatu #nznorthisland #travelnz #nztravel #cherryblossom #purenz
  • Just 1 week to go until the stables reopens!Who wants to come for a ride? 🐴... 📷 @topwithkids#rivervalleystables #rivervalleylodge #thisismanawatu #horseridingholidays #horsetrekking #naturalhorsemanship
  • Little Sister time at the Spa #sisters👭 #mangwananidayspa #rivervalleylodge #massagespa #champersandmassages
  • If the last video wasn't enough to tempt you, here's a few photos from our brand new 8 day ride! 🐴 Since we've had so much interest in the ride already we've added a second departure date - there's 2 spots left on the 10th Feb departure, and 8 spots left on the 19th Feb departure. To have a look at the itinerary and book your spot, visit the Globetrotting website: www.globetrotting.com.au/horse-riding-holidays/the-river-valley-ride-new-zealand/#rivervalleystables #horseridingholidays #nzmustdo #horsetrekking #kaimanawaheritagehorses #thisismanawatu #lovetoridelivetotravel #northislandnz #travelnz #explorenz #nzhorses
  • DRUM ROLL please! It's been 3 years in the making, but we are so excited to announce the launch of our new 8 day ride - 'The River Valley Ride'. Over 8 days you’ll get a lovely sense of the Kiwi farming way of life, riding through generational farming properties that aren’t accessible to the general public. You’ll share a drink with local farmers in a pop-up bar in the middle of a paddock (you can’t get any more Kiwi-centric than that!) and you’ll spend another night at a local Māori Marae. Plus you’ll traverse jaw-dropping, ever-changing scenery and swim bareback through crystal-clear rivers.We've partnered with www.globetrotting.com.au to make this ride a world exclusive, only bookable through the Globetrotters website. Full details on the ride and how to book can be found on their website here: https://www.globetrotting.com.au/horse-riding-holidays/the-river-valley-ride-new-zealand/More photos to follow shortly, but for now enjoy this sneak peak of our newest, longest and possibly most fun ride yet! 🐴 #horsetrekking #rivervalleystables #purenz #nzmustdo #nzhorses #kaimanawaheritagehorses #kaimanawa #thisismanawatu #horsetrek
  • #rangitikeiriver#rivercrossing#rivervalley#rivervalleylodge#northisland#newzealand
  • So much home grown and home cooked deliciousness for a group birthday lunch. And Miranda's pav is made from scratch using our own free range eggs#rivervalleylodge #homegrown #lunch #birthdaylunch #lodgecafe #growyourown #organic
  • A classic kiwi river rescue. Saving some of our locals on this morning's raft trip 🐑 #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #whitewaterrafting #grade5rafting #rangitikeiriver #rangitikei #nznorthisland #purenz #nzrivers
  • Row row row your boat gently down the stream🎼🎼🎼🎼🚣‍♂️🚣‍♀️🛶🌊 #whitewaterrafting #whitewater #whitewaterkayaking #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #kiwiexperience #rafting #rafting🌊 #rafting🚣 #raftingtrip #paddle #paddler #rapids #travelling #traveltheworld #traveltheglobe #grandrapids #southernhemisphere #backpacking #seetheworld #rowrowrowyourboat #discovertheworld #discovernewzealand #travelinspiration #middleearth #travelnewzealand #explore
  • Booking your next adventure with us just got even easier! Introducing our new Stay & Play package - the perfect way to experience the best things River Valley has to offer. All meals are included, and there's a choice of bunk or deluxe accommodation. But most importantly, a choice of adventure! Choose from 5 of our most popular trips: Grade 5 rafting, Scenic rafting, Harmony with Horses, The Sundowner or Burn the Breeze. Book your adventure now through our website: www.rivervalley.co.nz/accommodation/accommodation-adventure-activity-package#rivervalleylodge #rivervalleystables #rivervalleyrafting #adventuretravel #adventurepackage #nzmustdo

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