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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  • 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 boys put the new @kiwiexperience trainee driver guides (and Q) through their paces on our Grade 5 white water trip yesterday 🌊 #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #whitewaterrafting #rafting #newzealand #nzmustdo #purenz #thisismanawatu #kiwiexperience
  • Thinking of joining us on a multi-day river trip this summer? Did you know we have a guaranteed departures page on our website where you can see a list of all our guaranteed trips. If you're a solo traveller or a couple then this is a great way to share an adventure with other people! At the moment these trips are guaranteed to run and we still have spaces available: 27/11 Epic Rangitikei 27/12 Mokai Canyon 02/01 Fantail Canyon We are also looking for more people to join trips on the following dates: 30/11 Epic Rangitikei 03/12 Epic Rangitikei 20/01 Mokai Canyon For more details, or to book, visit the multi-day page on our website: www.rivervalley.co.nz/activities-adventures-tours/by-raft/search-multi-day-river-trips/ #rivervalleylodge #rafting #familyrafting #multidayrafting #wildernessrafting #newzealand #whitewaterrafting #riverrafting #purenz #thisismanawatu
  • #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #northisland #newzealand , In the middle of nowhere no WiFi no restaurants just a little lodge surrounded by loads of cute sheep, cows and horses🐄🐑🐎. Roast dinners and plenty of hot drinks ☕️ the cosiest little place to stay 🤗we had about 8 pillows so I decided to have them all around me head to toe it felt amazing 👌🏼we had a Netflix night after a long day of travelling and being on the go everyday, much needed 🙌🏼
  • I warned him that it was dangerous to let me go on a trek 😂😫 I need to get back into riding so bad ~~~~~ #myhappyplace #calm #relaxing #serene #horse #horseriding #dakotathehorse #lovethesmell #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleystables @rivervalleylodge 🐎❤
  • Happy 'Green Halloween'! This year we aimed to uphold our commitment to the environment and cut down on waste - especially cutting out single use plastics. Reduce, re-use, recycle! ♻ 🎃 💀 Thanks to Amanda's @kiwiexperience crew for supporting us and getting involved #rivervalleylodge #kiwiexperience #halloween #greenhalloween #reducereuserecycle
  • River Valley at sunrise #newzealand #newzealandfinds #newzealandvacations #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge
  • Here it is, the River valley river crossing and mountain. So here you can take the pallet on a pully across the river and climb the mountain, how cool is that!? Or you can go half way across and just sit there, or jump in, do what you like, your on vacation! Also some pretty good whitewater rafting upstream abit, apparently where they filmed a scene from Lord's of the rings too... Either that or a good sales pitch #river #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #nz #kiwibus #crossing #summer #adventure #hiking #thatscool
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  • Bottoms Up 🌊 #rivervalleyrafting #rivervalleylodge #whitewaterrafting #nzmustdo #rangitikeiriver #nz #purenz #rafting #travelnz #kiwiexperience
  • Beautiful views on our full day High Country Enchantment horse ride ☀ 📷 @hellygolightly #rivervalleystables #rivervalleylodge #taihape #thisismanawatu #purenz #nzmustdo #horsetrekking #naturalhorsemanship
  • See Thru rapid 🌊 On our awesome half day white water rafting trip 📷 @maxwell_sage #nzmustdo #thisismanawatu #rivervalleyrafting #rivervalleylodge #nz #nznorthisland #whitewaterrafting
  • Spring in the valley. 😍 Check out our website to win an overnight stay in this Kiwi Experience unique stay. 📷 @rivervalleylodge #itsyourtime #embracetheunexpected #kiwiexperience #rivervalleylodge #rangitikeiriver #thisismanawatu #nznorthisland #taihape #spring #newzealand #nz
  • A few days ago we went White Water Rafting in what’s said to be New Zealand’s roughest River. The Rangitikei River has drops up to grade 5 and to say I was nervous is definitely an understatement. • For the first 20 minutes flowing down stream, our guide went over all the commands we needed to know whilst the water was calmer. We soon picked up what we needed to do and after a scenic journey through more of the valley we found ourselves at the rapids. • It was great fun! There would be so much going on in a short period of time, as you fly down the rapids and the small waterfalls, laughing as you came out the other side with adrenaline. • We really took ourselves out of our comfort zones doing the rafting, but we are so glad we did it! Have you ever been White Water Rafting? What did you think?
  • If rafting gets too hot, hop out and take a swim! On our grade 5 white water trip there are plenty of great swimming spots along the way, if you're up for it you can even try swimming down some smaller rapids 🌊🌊 #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #nzmustdo #rangitikeiriver #rangitikei #thisismanawatu #northislandnz #whitewaterrafting #kiwiexperience
  • #whitewaterrafting #rivervalleylodge #rivervalley #grate1to5rapids #rapids #waterrapids #river #whatanawesomeday #whathangover 😂
  • Funniest night on our trip! Best place to stay massive recommendation!! #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #greatnight #cardsagainsthumanity #kiwiexperience #teamkiwi
  • { S H E W A N T S T O R U N F O R E V E R } Lunching riverside on @rivervalleylodge’s Awesome Scenic Rafting Adventure. Dreamy. #rivervalleylodge #rangitikeiriver #thisismynewzealand #dreamtime #rivers #thursdaysthatfeellikesundays
  • Last week Brian attended the annual @kiwiexperience Green Fest awards. We were stoked to win the award for Accommodation of the Year! But what made this award more special for us was that it was entirely based on customer feedback. We just want to say a BIG THANKS to everyone who voted for us, from all of us at River Valley 👍 #rivervalleylodge #kiwiexperience #accommodationoftheyear
  • River Valley - North Island 🇳🇿 Um pedacinho do céu na terra. E eu já nem gosto desse climinha roceiro neh! 💕 . . One of my favourite places in North Island! #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #newzealandvacations #northisland #northislandnz #purenewzealand #nzmustdo #novazelandia #kiwiexperience #roadtrip #southisland #southislandnz
  • The stables is officially open! The sun is out and so is our first trip of the season. Who wants to join us for a trek this summer? 🐴 #rivervalleystables #rivervalleylodge #thisismanawatu #nzmustdo #naturalhorsemanship #horsetrekking
  • Grade 5 white water rafting - River Valley, NZ. 👌 - - - - #newzealand #rivervalleylodge #rivervalley #whitewaterrafting #travelling #kiwiexperience
  • Morning & cherry blossom in the mist. #rivervalleylodge #flower #cherryblossom #mist #selectivefocus #samsung7 #mobile_nature #naturephotography #naturelovers #nature #effect #brianscantleburyphotos #brianstopshots #featureshotz #taihape #newzealandphotos #newzealandpics #newzealandimages #newzealandfinds #springtime
  • 1st night on Tauranga to Tauranga via South island. Made to River Valley Lodge in backblocks out of Taihape. Blog will begin soon. . . .#taihape #rivervalleylodge #rangitikeiriver #travelimage #newzealandphotos #newzealandvacations #newzealandpics #newzealandfinds #newzealandtravel #newzealand #nz #brianstopshots #brianscantleburyphotos #SonyAlphaAesthetic #sonya7rii #sonyalphagang #sonyworldclub #landscape_capture #landscape #landscapephotography #landscapelover #ruralnewzealand #destinationnz
  • Isn’t this the coolest, most idyllic beer garden you’ve ever seen? Have a beer at River Valley Lodge and chill by the stunning Rangitikei River 😮🤗🍺 . . . . . . . . #rivervalleylodge #cherryblossom #river #rangitikeiriver #passionpassport #epic_captures #magic_marvels #awakethesoul #bestbeergarden #beergarden #earthfocus #earth_shotz #roamtheplanet #theglobewanderer #bbctravel #natgeotravel #travelphoto #travelholic #awesome_shots #awesome_earth #newzealand #instagood #photooftheday #sceneryphotography #photolove #wandertheworld
  • A perfect place to sit and read a good book #scenic #great rafting experience #great staff #rivervalleylodge
  • Lente in Nieuw-Zeeland 🌸 #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #kilroy #kiwiexperience
  • Taranaki falls and river valley where through divine intervention we escaped rafting due to floods 😇 . #kiwiexperience #taranaki #rivervalley #river #taranakiwaterfalls #tongariro #tongarironationalpark #moors #rivervalleylodge #nzmustdo #northisland #newzealand #nz #wanderlust #travel #travelgram #culturetrip #dontgochasingwaterfallsparttwo #theyfindyouinnewzealand #thankgodwedidnthavetoraft
  • Finally back on the river after all the rain and slips we had #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #rangitikeiriver #whitewaterrafting #nzmustdo
  • Misty Spring Mornings #rivervalleylodge #rangitikeiriver #thisismanawatu #nznorthisland #purenz
  • Finally some sunshine and blue skies after a week of rain! 🌞🌞And the river is starting to change from brown to blue again. The driveway is now back in action after the slips but please drive carefully. #rivervalleylodge #rangitikeiriver #thisismanawatu #nznorthisland #taihape #spring
  • How I miss this place! An amazing view from our room @rivervalleylodge . . . . #kiwiexperience #rivervalleylodge #nature #green #peace #newzealand #instamood #instatraveling #taihape
  • Spring is trying to arrive but the weather has other plans... #rivervalleylodge #snowday #taihape
  • Your chance to experience the real NZ outdoors and get up and close with nature. Breathe in the natural fresh air and drink the water in the river at River Valley Lodge. Pure bliss! 📷 @leighg83 #kiwiexperience #newzealand #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #photography #travelling #landscape #travel #scenery #view #discover #explore #seetheworld #backpacking #instatravel #valley #river #outdoors
  • The first signs of Spring at the lodge! 🌱🌻 If you're looking for a last minute winter holiday then September may be the perfect time to visit. The weather is getting warmer, it's a great time to get back outside before the summer crowds turn up. Our special winter rates only run until the 30th September. We have deals on all our rooms as well as our grade 5 rafting trip and our accommodation packages! Visit our website for more info. #rivervalleylodge #spring #winterspecials
  • Our grade 5 raft trip on the Rangitikei River from a new angle! #rivervalleyrafting #rivervalleylodge #purenz #nzrivers #rangitikeiriver #thisismanawatu
  • Yesterday was an awesome day for rafting on the grade 5 section of the Rangitikei, with almost spring like weather 🌞 Did you know we're one of the few places in New Zealand where you can go rafting all year round? Check out our half day grade 5 white water trip on our website 📷 @maxwell_sage #rivervalleyrafting #rivervalleylodge #rangitikeiriver #whitewaterrafting #kiwiexperience #nzmustdo
  • Our housekeepers may not have the most glamorous job but definitely one of the most important ones! We have a vacancy for a housekeeper for the upcoming spring/summer season. We are looking for someone with an eye for detail, who wants to work as part of a team in a fun environment. Don't worry, no towel origami experience is required! Applications close on the 19th August. Visit our website for more details on how to apply: www.rivervalley.co.nz/our-story/employment-river-valley Towel animals courtesy of our lovely housekeepers @cokey_s & @daniellepegge #rivervalleylodge #nzjobs #summervacancy #workforus #housekeepingvacancy #adventurejobs #towelorigami #towelanimals
  • Rapid in the rapids 🇳🇿 #rubberdingyrapids #rivervalley #newzealand #rivervalleylodge #rafting
  • Do you enjoy picking fresh home grown produce and turning it into tasty country style meals? We are looking for kitchen superstars for the upcoming summer season. We have vacancies for a full time chef and a kitchen hand/host. For more information visit our employment page https://www.rivervalley.co.nz/our-story/employment-river-valley Or if you think you have what it takes, email [email protected] with your CV to apply
  • We're ready for Spring to arrive, and to celebrate we're throwing a 'Spring Fling' 🌷🌻🌼 Come and celebrate with us on Friday 31st August at the lodge. $45 per person including a 2 course meal with a drink on arrival 🍹 There will be a 'rapids race', volleyball, spring swim and spring drinks specials. Dress in your brightest spring colours. RSVP by 25th August to book your spot. Accommodation is also available but will fill up fast. Contact the lodge +6463881444 or [email protected]
  • Massive well done to Simon for going White Water Rafting and not falling out of the boat 🚣‍♀️ #whitewaterrafting #whitewaterrapids #rafting #river #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #travel #adventure #adrenaline #sports #watersports #newzealand #northisland #kiwiexperience #experience
  • experience the freedom of riding using natural horsemanship techniques, encouraging communication between horse and rider ...these two are having a bit of pre ride yoga style bonding @rivervalleylodge @adventures_fleaphotos @kiwiexperience #naturalhorsemanship #horsetrekking #rivervalleylodge #thisismanawatu #travelnz #yoga #rivervalleystables #horsesofinstagram #newzealand #happyhorses #nzmustdo #tourism_nz #travel #kiwiexperience #fleaphotos #yogapose #canonnz
  • #RiverValleyLodge doing work in Canada! Something about those deer up there... seems like they're born already 200" 😂
  • Paddles up! #rangitikeiriver #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #whitewaterrafting #raftingnz
  • Fresh brochures for @rivervalleylodge printed on a 100% recycled stock. 👌 . . . Printed offset using @bfpapers Cocoon 120gsm. Normally we would print brochures like these digitally but in this instance is was more economical to use the offset method. #offsetprinting #rivervalleylodge #ecofriendlyprint #recycledpaper #sustainableliving #mightywaikato #familybusiness #branding #graphicdesigndaily #rangitikei #mockup #flatlay #cmyk #adventuretravel #brochuredesign
  • The standard sort of faces pulled on a @rivervalleylodge white water rafting trip! So much fun! Take a look at our experience over on YouTube (Search: BackpackerGuide.NZ). #whitewaterrafting #rafting #raftingNZ #rivervalleynz #rivervalleylodge #travel #rangitikeiriver #manawatu @manawatu_nz #adventureteam #adventureswithbae #adventurepartner #aotearoa #exploringnz #nzmustdo #discovernewzealand #newzealandguide #kiwi_photos #Adventurealways #adventurebound #adventureseekers #adventure_culture
  • This week's blog on our website is about family businesses. So in keeping with the family theme, here's our trainee and family member Max guiding on the river yesterday (and PaulE looking a bit worried...). Our next third generation river guide in the making #rivervalleylodge #raftingnz #rangitikeiriver #rafting #whitewaterrafting #riverguideinthemaking #familybusiness

 THE RIVER IS BECKONING