River Valley Lodge – New Zealand’s Original Adventure Lodge 2018-06-06T22:32:50+00:00
adventures on the water - rafting, dories and duckies

adventures on horseback, natural horsemanship & horse trekking

unique river side accommodation

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.

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 in a beautiful and remote setting, 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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  • After a few days of constant rain the river is still too high to run our usual white water trip. So instead today's group got to experience the scenic section of the Rangitikei instead. It may not be as intense as the grade 5 but it sure is beautiful 🌿🌞 #rivervalleylodge #purenz #travelnz #thisismanawatu #newzealand #northislandnz #rangitikeiriver #raftingnz #getoutside #adventuretravel
  • End of the road #travel #newzealand #rivervalleylodge #blessed #tramping
  • Yesterday's magical sprinkling of snow @rivervalleylodge ❄ ❄❄ #travel #adventure #NewZealand #disscovernewzealand #rivervalleylodge#beautiful #amazing #photography #outdoor #nature #kiwiexperience #newzealand #nz #newzealandguide #newzealandvacations #kiwipics #ig_newzealand #destinationnz #landscape #nature #bestof_nz #purenewzealand #adventure #explore #explorenz #nzimagery #nzmustdo #travelnewzealand #capturenz #earthpixnz
  • Meet our newest stables team member - a 'wild' Kaimanawa horse from the 2018 muster (the grey horse - yet to be named). Here he is hanging out with Brave, Nicola's kaimanawa from a previous muster (in the current snow!❄). Read more about the kaimanawas in this week's blog #rivervalleystables #kaimanawa #kaimanawahorses #naturalhorsemanship
  • Yesterday's sprinkling of snow at the lodge ❄ ❄❄ #rivervalleylodge #pukeokahu #thisismanawatu #snow #snowday #northislandnz
  • Our newest residents, Brian's birthday silkie chickens (Wodger, Ranga & Dani), have moved in to their new luxury accommodation. They are now in charge of fertilizing the vegetable garden 🐔🐔 #rivervalleylodge #organicgardening #growyourown #silkiesofinstagram #silkiechicken
  • Thanks to everyone who took the time to leave us a review on Tripadvisor this year. We're proud to say we made it to the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame! #rivervalleylodge #tripadvisor #nzmustdo #nznorthisland #travelnz #explorenz #kiwiexperience #nztourism #whitewaterrafting #nzrafting #thisismanawatu #bestnewzealand #certificateofexcellence
  • Planning your summer holiday? Book any of our multi-day river trips for Summer 2018 and pay Summer 2017 prices! Offer only valid until the 30th June For more info on our trips click here: https://www.rivervalley.co.nz/activities-adventures-tours/by-raft/search-multi-day-river-trips #rivervalleylodge #getoutside #multidayrafting #nzmustdo #nz #nznorthisland #rangitikei #summerholiday #riverrafting #wanderlust
  • Book a treatment at Ooh-La-La Spa, #RiverValleyLodge’s exclusive salon and spa. Call 530-458-2771 today! . . . #colusacasino #resort #spa #spalife #staycation #spaday #getaway #relax #salon #massage
  • Summer isn't always the best time of year to visit - check out the beautiful Autumn colours down at the lodge 🍁🍁 #rivervalleylodge #thisismanawatu #comevisit #purenz #autumn #nz #nzmustdo #nznorthisland #autumncolors #rangitikei #rangitikeiriver
  • Day 202 (20/12/2017) | Relaxed at the River Valley Lodge all morning, watched The Crown and wandered around the beautiful gardens. Got the bus to Wellington and we watched Love Actually on the journey. ❤ Arrived in Wellington around 6pm and chilled in the hostel. Got to have a call with Luke then had dinner and messaged him. 😍 Did an ab workout then had a lovely video call with Mum and Maria. It was so lovely and glad we got to speak before Mum went to Devon for Christmas. ☺ #rivervalley #wellington #northisland #newzealand #nz #rivervalleylodge #kiwiexperience #relax #thecrown #wander #sogreen #loveactually #capitalcity #love #callinghome #family #explore #adventure #travel #traveller #solotravel #travellife #travelnewzealand #seetheworld #travelblog #travelphotography
  • There's a Lady who's sure all that glitters is gold. And she's buying a stairway to heaven... #rivervalleylodge #hidden #nz
  • Next stop off with the bestie, River valley for one night in a lodge with no phone service, no local shops and complete peace and quiet. Sharing a giant bunk bed with the rest of the kiwi bus gang and playing card games all night #rocknroll 🤓 #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #scenery #nature #beautiful #views #lodge #newzealand #kiwibus #waterfalls #travels #makingmemories #travelling #peaceful
  • Looking for a winter getaway? Check our our special accommodation rates for June-September And, if you're feeling adventurous, our grade 5 white water rafting trips run all year round! (Weather permitting) ❄❄ #rivervalleylodge #travelnz #taihape #nzlodges #thisismanawatu #nz #nznorthisland
  • Delicious home grown and home made chilli jam! 🌶🌶🌶 Check out the recipe on our latest blog post... https://www.rivervalley.co.nz/chili-jam-river-valley-kitchen #rivervalleylodge #growyourown #nzfood #organicgardening #organicfood #chillijam #permaculture #homegrown #kiwicooking #countrycooking
  • What a place to go too. Stayed in a lodge which was great and gave whitewater rafting a go #rivervalleylodge #rivervalley #newzealand #viewsfordays #adventurejim #waterinyourface #beautifulwetsuit #giggles #whitewaterrafting
  • Taking the horses home at sunset... #rivervalleystables #rivervalleylodge #naturalhorsemanship #horsesofinstagram #newzealand #taihape #thisismanawatu
  • Exploring around the River Valley Lodge. 🏞️ . . . . . @rivervalleylodge #rivervalleylodge #rivervalley #adventure #explore #hike #climb #walk #trek #river #valley #whitewaterrafting #whitewater #NZMustDo #RealMiddleEarth #MeetTheWorld #newzealandguide #wonderlustnewzealand #newzealandvacations #newzealandfinds #newzealandtourist #newzealand #nztravel #nz
  • Long drive to the River Valley Lodge where we went on a couple of adventures before white water rafting the next day! @rivervalleylodge #rivervalleylodge #travels #sheep #taihape #walks #waterfall #river #newzealand #nztravel #nz
  • Looking for a bar job with a difference? We're hiring for the winter season. For more details check out our Facebook page or the River Valley website #rivervalleylodge #hiringnow #winterjob #bestjobever
  • I ticked something off my bucket list! I've always wanted to go white water rafting and it was such a fun experience! We were sat at the front too meaning extra splash/fun! You can see in the pictures that at one point our boat was completely under water😂 We had such a laugh, 100% beats the black water rafting we did in the glow worm cave!! #whitewaterrafting #rivervalleylodge #watersports #ihatewetsuits #waterrapids
  • Level 5 #whitewaterrafting on the #rangitikeiriver in #newzealand #rafting #whitewater #rangitikei #river #rivervalleylodge #rivervalley #lodge #boat #raft #photography #photo #photograph #travelling #taihape #northisland #oceania
  • White water rafting was amazing today! #rivervalleylodge #ilovenz #whitewaterrafting #bornagainkiwi
  • Beautiful trek through River Valley this morning 😍🐴⛰️ #naturalhorsemanship #trek #rideout #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #hack #rio #sassy #horseride #candids #viewsfordays #mountains #nz #newzealand #kiwiexperience #travel
  • Fresh veggies, herbs and fruit - straight from our garden to our kitchen for tonight's delicious dinner #rivervalleylodge #growyourown #growyourownfood #organic #organicgardening #healthyfood #eathealthy #kalelicious
  • Another throwback.. they’re just too good! 🤠🐴😎 #newzealand #kiwiexperience #rivervalleylodge #horses #memories
  • // meet me down by the river 🏞️ // #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #river #hills #skylovers #ease #natureatitsverybest #alllove 💛 #rowrowrowyourboat #flow #stream #rocks #nature #meltphotography #naturephotography #thelittlethings #travelvibes #views #kiwiexperience #outinnature #calm #sweetas 😊
  • Looking to get away? Stay in one of our suites at the #RiverValleyLodge. #colusacasino #suite #resort #hotel #suitelife #fireplace #nice #getaway #northerncalifornia
  • Summer might be over but we still have sunshine! ☀️☀️☀️ #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #thisismanawatu #get outside #travelnz
  • Grade 5 white water rafting was absolutely terrifying 😱 but we survived it (just about). Can't say I'll rush to do it again however, but it is another ✔️ on the old bucket list so hey ho 😁💚🌊 @jimcahill92 #whitewaterrafting #rivervalleylodge #kiwiexperience
  • Throwing it back to the night sky over @rivervalleylodge. Cities are cool but we miss the countryside. . . . . . . . #beginnerphotography #beginnerphotographer #xseriesnz #fujifilmxa10 #fujifilmnz #newzealand #northisland #rivervalleylodge #nighttimephotography #night #stars #trees #backpacking #nightsky #milkyway #travelwellshootoften #polarr #travelling #travellingcouple #adventuresshutter #adventures #adventure #adventurer #ig_newzealand #mirrorlessgeeks #starttheadventure #amateurphotography #amateurphotographer
  • Happy Easter from River Valley. The only eggs we want this weekend are from our own free range chickens. Our food tastes so good because we use fresh produce from our vegetable gardens, eggs from our free range chickens, as well as locally sourced free range, organic meat #rivervalleylodge #freerange #freerangeorganic #homegrown #goodfood #freerangechicken
  • Now this was fun! Had an amazing time staying at @rivervalleylodge partaking in a spot of grade 5 white water rafting! Think my face says it all 🤦🏼‍♀️ #whitewaterrafting #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #kiwiexperience #adventure #tigsontour #somuchfun
  • Went totally off grid for a day to go grade 5 #whitewaterrafting thanks to the incredible @rivervalleylodge (especially Eddie!) sweet as! ✌🏼 . #rivervalley #whitewater #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #nz #backpacking #backpack #travel #travelling #traveller #view #tourist #wanderer #travelpics #adventure #travelphotography #instatravel #travelgram #wanderlust #kiwiexperience #livemorefearless
  • We like to keep our horses looking and also feeling great. Our natural horsemanship programme is beneficial for both the horse and the rider and keeps our horses (and guides) looking happy. To learn more about the benefits of natural horsemanship visit our website, or come for a ride! #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleystables #naturalhorsemenship #happyhorses
  • River Valley Lodge 🏞 Taihape 🐑 North Island New Zealand 🇳🇿 #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #taihape #northisland #northislandnewzealand #northislandnz #newzealand #nz #sheep #cows #rollinghills #green #river #view #rangitikei #rangitikeiriver #rafting #horses #horsebackriding #horsetrekking #travel #explore #adventure #kiwi #kiwiexperience #farm
  • Kia Ora, the overnight stay in River Valley was really fun! I was in the orgy room with (I think) 26 beds in one room! Literally bed next to another one. On the for the next morning was RAFTING!! Heaps of fun! Cruising trough the wild water with our leader in the back giving us instructions. More photos of my travel coming soon! 😉 Stay loose friends! #newzealand #travel #backpacker #fun #rafting #whitewaterrafting #rivervalleylodge #zeefromger #bucketlist #challenge #kiwiexperience #feelsgood
  • Words cannot describe how amazing this experience was. Riding the beautiful Rio around the stunning mountains of New Zealand 🐴⛰ . . . . #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleystables #newzealand #northisland #kiwiexperience #travelling #tourist #adventure #backpacking #horseriding #horse #scenery #mountains #stunning #breathtaking #nature #green #bluesky #riding #instablog #travelblog #instagood #photooftheday #photography #panasonic #lumix #wanderlust
  • “bail out” Just incase you thought those safety procedures they talk about at the start of any extreme sporting activity were only for those rare-just-in-case-but-these-things-never-really-happen scenarios... . Here is proof in the form of three people plunging head first from a raft into white water rapids that those scenarios do happen (and that you can smile through it) . ✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼
  • “fast raft” Because a seven hour hike was not challenging enough the next day saw me holding on for my life to a raft that did not want me to stay in it . Confusions of left and right and forward and backward left us spinning like an odd sock in a washing machine and I lived for these moments of calm before the storm ☔️
  • Rafting on the Rangitikei River. The water was so pure, you could drink straight from the river you were rafting in. #nz #newzealand #northisland #kiwiexperience #travel #adventure #whitewater #rafting #rapids #rivervalleylodge
  • One of my new favourite places in the universe 🇳🇿 🌎 #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #myhappyplace #travel #wanderlust #offthebeatenpath #theadventuresoflaur
  • "Best Day Ever!" - @tetrisha #rafting #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #nz #newzealand #kiwiexperience
  • River Valley #rivervalley #rivervalleynz #rivervalleylodge #horses #beautifulscenery #naturalnewzealand #northislandnz #travel #travelling #wonderlust
  • At the end of the game, the king and the pawn go back in the same box 🎲 #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #neuseeland #kiwiexperience #northisland #coexistwithearth #motivation_earth #newzealandvacations #realmiddleearth #newzealandguide #destinationnz #discoverglobe #discoverearth #lifeofadventure #ourplanetdaily #earthfocus #fantastic_earth #gramslayers #awesome_earth #theglobewanderer #createcommune #beautifuldestinations #nakedplanet #modernoutdoors #nationaldestinations #natgeotravel #mobilemag #lastingvisuals #photography
  • Every #Kiwi needs a good a good #buggy companion #dog #dogoftheday #rivervalleylodge #tuatara #rangitikei
  • #river #rafting #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #rangitikei #rangitikeiriver #adrenaline #adventure #adventuretime #splash #water #sun #sunnyday #amazing #hellyeah #bestdayever #fitgirlsofinstagram #polishgirl #travel #nz #newzealand #kiwiexperience
  • Did a hike on top of the mountain on the other side of the river. To cross the river you have to go on a little wooden thing hanging on ropes and then you can pull yourself across. The hike is not that hard just a lot of climbing and sometimes you have to cross some water or stones. The view in the end is really nice! ° W/ @ilsenumi @hibiswonderland ° ° ° ° ° #rivervalley #hike #river #valley #water #stones #hiking #backpacking #othersideoftheworld #bluesky #trees #hills #mountains #lodge #rivervalleylodge #friends #newzealand #northisland #pictures #view #photography #rinzau
  • Must do activity in New Zealand - Grade 5 Whitewater rafting adventure down the Rangitikei river ✅ #adventure #whitewaterrafting #rangitikei #extremesports #river #rivervalleylodge #dayout #wild #rapids #newzealand #backpacking #workingholiday #grade5 #bucketlist #fun
  • The insane night sky from our stay @rivervalleylodge. Would definitely recommend the roast dinner! #beginnerphotography #beginnerphotographer #fujifilm #fujifilmxa10 #fujifilmnz #newzealand #northisland #rivervalleylodge #nighttimephotography #night #stars #trees #blueskys #nightsky #milkyway #framing #polarr #travelling #travellingcouple #adventuresshutter #adventures #adventure #adventurer #ig_newzealand #mirrorlessgeeks #starttheadventure #amateurphotography #amateurphotographer

 THE RIVER IS BECKONING