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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

You can 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.

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.

River Valley is based beside the Rangitikei River on the central North Island of New Zealand.

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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  • Views from riverside in front of the lodge. Our favourite cherry blossom tree is in full bloom 🌸🌸🌸 Photo cred: @riversidegx
  • This is another one of those 'has to be seen to be believed' natural wonders. You can see this stunning waterfall on the new 'Epic Rangitikei' 3 day rafting trip. 🏞✨ #dogochasingwaterfalls #adventuretravel #adventurelodge #rivervalleylodge #getoutside #explorenz #bucketlist #thisismanawatu #newzealand #aotearoa
  • Some parts of the Whanganui River have to be seen to be believed. These mossy covered canyons are such vibrant natural wonders, that slowly paddling through in a wooden dory is a must for the nature lovers. Native Aotearoan plants hang from cliffs like the Gardens of Babylon. πŸ“Έ taken on a 5 day trip traveling by wooden dorys πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸŒΏπŸƒπŸŒΎπŸžπŸŒŒβ›ΊπŸ”₯πŸŒΏπŸƒπŸŒ³πŸŒ² #adventuretravel #adventurelodge #rivervalleylodge #getoutside #explorenz #bucketlist #thisismanawatu #newzealand #aotearoa
  • Have you heard about the EPIC RANGITIKEI TRIP yet ? It's a 3 day, 3 night river trip that includes 1 day on the Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei River. Read more about it at link in bio and how you can get $100 discount on the first trip! πŸš£πŸ•πŸ‘
  • When you forget what to do on a Grade 5 rapid πŸ˜‚ . πŸ“· @kiwiexperience . #whitewaterrafting #grade5 #rangitikeiriver #adventuretravel #travelnz #thisismanawatu
  • What a day 🌞 / what a view 🏞 . @katrina_m94 πŸ“·πŸ€— #rivervalleylodge #rangitikeiriver #cleanrivers #whitewaterrafting #wilderness #travelnz #kiwiexperience #thisismanawatu #newzealand
  • Enjoying the peace and serenity of this remote wild place 🌿🌿🌿 riverside of the Rangitikei River in front of the lodge. Photo credit: @louise.dias
  • The local Pukeokahu kids in the snow storm - stoked to have a week of school for snowball fights and snowman building β˜ƒβ„πŸŒ¨
  • We have been a bit out of action recently. Hit hard by a snow storm a few weeks ago, we had no power for a while and much destruction surrounding the lodge. Here is a photo taken at the peak of the snow at a neighbouring farm 🏑🌨 taken by @kaysanne
  • From the top of Pukeokahu, what beautiful light β˜„ taken by @cshores_ on her ride recently at River Valley Stables #rivervalleystables #horsesofinstagram #viewsfordays #travelnz #thisismanawatu
  • The kids from Pukeokahu School came over to River Valley Lodge for the day to see their native plantings from 2 years ago and plant some new natives along the banks of a dam. Here is Brian teaching them about riparian planting and why it is so important 🌱🌱🌱 πŸ“½ @kaysanne #rivervalleylodge #nativeplants #riparianplanting #ecolodge #PukeokahuSchool
  • Riverside hike πŸŽ’ captured by @natalie_rp #rangitikeiriver #hikingnz #adventuretravel #travelnz
  • Exploring back country Pukeokahu by horseback β˜‰ @worldthroughourlens #naturalhorsemanship #horsesofinstagram #travel #adventuretravel
  • Look at the cuties that rode to the lodge for lunch today 🐴✨ #horsesofinstagram #naturalhorsemanship #rivervalleystables #takingthehorsestolunch
  • Who has been over on the river trolley ? ✨ πŸ“· @jstott_89 #rivertrolley #riversidehikes #wilderness #adventurelodge #adventuretravel
  • Kaimanawa-whisperer and River Valley horse trekking guide, Tommy, looking out over the valley surroundings. So much to explore in this place πŸƒ #kaimanawa #horsetrekking #wildnz #wilderness #horsesofinstagram
  • Secret spots on the RangitikeiπŸ“ #wilderness #remote #wildnewzealand #raftingnz
  • Just a little hurdle on the drive out to River Valley Lodge πŸ€— πŸ“· @kiwiexperience #kiwiexperience #countrylife #thisismanawatu #farmlife #adventuretravel
  • The epic Rangitikei River that we are so blessed to raft on. πŸ“·πŸ’¦ a rapid on the Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei.
  • One of the stunning canyons on the Rangitikei River β˜„ #rangitikeiriver #cleanrivers #explore #wildnz #wildernesssociety #getoutside #livelifeoutside #adventuretravel #travelnz #newzealand #thisismanawatu
  • The trapping program we run on the Rangitikei River started about 4 years ago. In that time we have killed several hundred rats and stoats with the idea of helping out the endangered Blue Duck (Whio). We don't always know whether we are making a difference or not. However, there is some hope. Check out this pair of Whio that have been on the main river lately. If they decide to nest this Spring, it will be the first time that Whio have nested on this section of river in decades. Exciting πŸŒΏπŸ’š . #conservation #whio #blueduck #cleanrivers #doc #docnz #whitewaterrafting #rangitikeiriver
  • It's a pretty weekend drive down into River Valley πŸ’œ
  • That time when the incredible New Zealand label @pennysage did a photo shoot at the River Valley Stables 😍
  • MORNING LIGHT / FOG πŸŒ„πŸŒ³ Captured by Brian Megaw coming to River Valley Friday morning, this is a common morning sight at this time of the year. #sunrise #foggymorning #travelnz #purenewzealand #newzealandimagery
  • Best seat on the river πŸ“· #whitewaterrafting #wildernesssociety #thegreatoutdoors #adventuretravel #travelnz #travel #cleanrivers #remotenewzealand #purenewzealand
  • Towering white cliffs along the Rangitikei River 🏞 This was a cruisy scenic day trip that was topped with beautiful weather β˜‰ #whitewaterrafting #adventuretravel #travelnz #purenewzealand #wildernesssociety #getoutside
  • Absolute. Pure. Wild. Nature. . πŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒ . 2 wooden dories on the Rangitikei River and nobody else for miles. Bliss ✨ #rafting #dories #slowtravel #adventuretravel #travelnz #newzealand #wildernessculture
  • The 'Bridge to Nowhere' πŸŒ‰ A magnificent concrete bridge that towers over the Whanganui River. We just had to stop here to soak up the view, on a 5-day wooden dory trip down the Whanganui River. 🏞 Taking bookings for summer multi-day rafting trips now 🌌 #bridgetonowhere #whanganuiriver #multidayrivertrips #wilderness #wildnewzealand
  • Brian teaching some young rafters about how the camp toilet works on an overnight school camp, on the side of the Rangitikei River. Multi-day rafting trips are such an amazing experience but this one was extra special with these happy campers πŸŒŒπŸ•πŸŒ² #adventuretravel #happycampers #kidsinnature #riverside #raftingtrip
  • Our home-made APPLE CIDER is brewing away! πŸ˜‹ Made with apples off our own apple trees and local honey from just down the road, we are so excited to see how this first batch goes! 🍏🍯🍏 Our handy chef Miranda (the instigator) wants to use it in salad dressings & health tonics but it will probably end up in many more lodge recipes 🍏🍏🍏 #applecidervinegar #fermentedfoods #fermentation #growyourown #closedloopsystem
  • Peace and serenity on the Whanganui River ✨ 2017/18 Summer multi-day trips are now available to book. This photo was captured on a 4-day wooden dory trip on the Whanganui River 🌿🌿🌿 if you would like more information, we have detailed packages available on request πŸ–± email thelodge@rivervalley.co.nz for a totally unique, transformative experience .🏞 #multidayrivertrips #wilderness #wildnewzealand #uniqueexperience #raftinggram #getoutside #livelifeoutdoors
  • Hellooo River Valley LodgeπŸ™‹πŸƒπŸŒ²πŸƒ
  • COMING SOON β™»πŸ£πŸ”πŸ’• The River Valley Lodge will start serving @bostockschicken organic poultry meat. Bostock's chickens like all organic chickens are raised to live longer, happier lives. Free range is NOT the same as organic free range which is held to a much higher standard or care for our little feathered friends πŸ₯ πŸ€ #organic #freerange #sustainableliving #happychickens #crueltyfree
  • Another incredible shot by @xhelvi taken on a Sun Downer ride last week πŸŒžπŸŒ„ nothing better than kicking back with a drink hillside to take in this view 😎
  • One of many recent breath-taking sunsets πŸŒ„ Photo taken on a 'sun-downer' trek last week πŸ»πŸ§€πŸͺ πŸ“· @xhelvi
  • And it's nearly finished! Our new tunnel greenhouse, will first over winter be a shelter for some of our chickens whose manure will fertilize the soil.πŸ”πŸ“πŸ” As spring comes around it will be a place to get some seeds going for transplanting outside. 🌱🌱🌱 In mid-spring we will plant heat-loving plants - tomatoes, peppers, etc. πŸ…πŸŒΆπŸ… Exciting times ahead!
  • A rare Whio (Blue Duck) on the Rangitikei River. We have seen a few of Whio around recently - a good sign of a healthy, clean river 🌊 #rangitikeiriver #cleanrivers #conservation #whio #blueduck #wildernesssociety #doc
  • GRADE 5 πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯ #whitewaterrafting #grade5whitewaterrafting #adventuretravel #travelnz #travelphotography #newzealandwhitewaterrafting #raftinggram
  • If you don't get wet are you doing it right ? πŸ˜‹ . . . . ________________________________________________ #whitewaterrafting #grade5whitewaterrafting #grade5 #raftinggram #raftingmag #rivervalleylodge #rafting #adventuretravel #travelnz #newzealand
  • Tommy relaxing back to take in the view 🏞 Thanks for the πŸ“· @thesleepyspoon taken after your ride through the hills with Tommy and Nicola 😍 #rivervalleylodge #naturalhorsemanship #horsesofinstagram #horseback #brewswithviews
  • All smiles here πŸ˜πŸ’¦ #whitewaterrafting #whitewater #rafting ##raftinggram #raftingmag #rivervalleylodge #grade5whitewaterrafting
  • What a beautiful outlook for a ride today! 🐴 #horsesofinstagram #horseback #horsemanship #naturalhorsemanship #adventuretravel #travel #travelnz
  • A rafting/fishing trip on the Rangitikei River 🎣 Catching beautiful rainbow trout for dinner, contact us for further information on how we can organise your next fishing getaway 🐟 perhaps a good father's day gift ? . . . . #fishingtrip #fishing #rainbowtrout #trout #raftingandfishing #rafting #overnightfishingtrip #whitewaterrafting #camping #adventuretravel #travel #travelnz
  • Riverside tramp up Mt. Aorangi 🏞 looking down upon the Lodge Have you done this walk before? To get to it you have to ride a trolley across the river to get to it and hoist yourself to the other side πŸ’ͺ . . . . #tramping #hiking #riversidehikes #wilderness #wildernessretreat #lodgeaccommodation #adventuretravel #travelnz
  • ✨ An evening Sunset Downer ride ✨ An easy going ride, beautiful views, champagne, beers, cheese and cheers. What more could you ask for πŸ€— . . . . #sunsetrides #horsetreks #naturalhorsemanship #horsemanship #horsesofinstagram #brewswithviews
  • 4 generations of River Valley family πŸ‘ͺ and 3 generations of raft guides 🚣 A quick πŸ“Έ taken on a rare moment when we could get all of them together . . . . #familyphoto #familybusiness #raftguides #rafting #raftingfamily #whitewaterrafting #familieswhorafttogether
  • The great PukeokaHu man vs. Horse is on Saturday! πŸŽπŸƒ A grueling marathon race between 2 legs and 4 legs, we can't wait ! We will be cheering on, especially seeing as we will have a few River Valley horses and staff participating 🏁🏁🏁 . . . . ________________________________________________ #manvshorse #manvhorse #theGreatPukeokaHumanvHorse #marathon #42k #ruralmarathon #horserace
  • #excyclonedebbie has flooded the river and we only got the tail end of the storm πŸŒ€ we home our fellow kiwis are safe and sound everywhere πŸ’• . . . . ________________________________________________ #excyclonedebbie #flood #floodedriver #noraftingtoday #bigwater #whitewaterrafting #rafting
  • A few of our favourite Grade 5 white water rafting shots from March ! 🌊🌊🌊 . . . . ________________________________________________ #rafting #raftinggram #raftingmag #whitewaterrafting #grade5whitewaterrafting #grade5 #whitewater #adventure #adventuretravel #travel #travelnz
  • Staff party - cheese, volleyball and great company πŸ™Œ . . . . ________________________________________________ #endofsummer #staffparty #adventurelodge #riverside #riverbeers #brewswithviews #raftinggram #raftingmag #whitewaterrafting

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