What is River Valley?

River Valley Lodge is situated in a beautiful location, beside the Rangitikei River, near Taihape. on the central North Island of New Zealand. River Valley is a family operation, having first opened in 1982.

River Valley Lodge has a variety of accommodations, café and bar, meeting rooms, saunas, and spa. Using the Lodge as a base, you can go on a rafting adventure, a horse trek, or explore some of the local rural back roads on an e-bike. Of course, you could simply relax beside the river and enjoy some delicious food, many of the ingredients of which come from the on-site organic gardens.

Why not stay a few nights, put down some temporary roots, relax, explore, and soak up the atmosphere of River Valley.

Unique Riverside 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 Place To Gather

With accommodation , adventure activities, restaurant and bar, all in one stunning location, River Valley is a great place to gather with friends, family or colleagues. Whether you’re looking for a venue for your wedding, family reunion, birthday, a retreat, workshop, conference or corporate function, River Valley can accommodate.

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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 specializes in “Rides for Riders''. From half day horse treks, to multi-day horse riding holidays.

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What people say

“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.”

Neil Duxbury

United Kingdom

Paula Byrne

County Gallway, Ireland

Alex Hoskins-Smith

Auckland NZ

We are looking forward to welcoming guests to the lodge this Summer.
If your booking is affected by covid-19 we are happy to to postpone your booking to a different date, keep your credit with us for a future booking, or give a 100% refund.
View River Valley’s Covid-19 policy.


Qualmark Gold
TIA Sustainable Tourism
Tripadvisor Travellers Choice 2023

Have any questions?

Speak to one of our friendly adventure consultants who would love to help you out.
thelodge@rivervalley.co.nz / 0800 248666