River Valley Lodge – New Zealand’s Original Adventure Lodge 2019-01-23T18:51:30+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 best things in life are free. Little joys like these. 🌿💛 #explorenewzealand #newzealand #thegreatoutdoors #getoutside #equestrian #ponykisses #naturalhorsemanship #littlemoments #rivervalleylodge
  • Master of funny faces. I had the most amazing time rafting down the #rangitikei river with the crazy guides of #rivervalleylodge in grade 5 rapids. #thatwasscary #rafting #grade5
  • It's time for duckies! The weather has been so amazing recently that the river is low enough for us to run the grade 5 section in duckies (our inflatable kayaks) instead of rafts. It's been about 2 years since we've been able to run one of these trips. This is probably our craziest trip and only for people who are really up for a challenge - there's a very good chance you will swim! We put 2 customers in each inflatable kayak and send you down the grade 5 section while the guides tell you where to go (or where not to go...) There's rain on the way so we could be back in rafts pretty soon but if you want to give it a go then get in touch soon #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #duckies #whitewaterrafting #whitewater #nzmustdo #thisismanawatu #nznorthisland #rangitikeiriver
  • The Rangitikei River, often recognized as one of the top Grade 5 Rafting trips in the world! Thanks @rivervalleylodge for an epic 12 km / 7 mile adventure! . . . . . . . #rafting #whitewaterrafting #grade5rafting #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #waterrafting #adventure #epicadventure #journey #fun #raftingfun #newfriends #travelfriends #discoverrafting #rangitikei #rangitikeiriver #rangitikei_nz #newzealand #visitnewzealand #nzadventures #adrenalinesports #nz #🇳🇿
  • River Valley, New Zealand. I love cold baths. Everyone thought I was going crazy, for swimming in the River, because it was very cold. But I didn’t mind. I told my body I liked the cold and just went in. It’s all about mindset and controlling your breath. Taking cold showers and cold baths is very healthy. It builds up your immune system, cleanse your aura and energy, is refreshing and gives you an energy boost and makes you lose weight. So start your day with a cold shower or bath. But not for ladies whilst on your period, then you need to be extra gentle for your body!... • • #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #aotearoa #maori #coldbath #wimhofmethod #travel #nature #river #cold #love
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  • River Valley Lodge GRADE 5 WHITE WATER RAFTING 10 major rapids on 11 km run + numerous smaller rapids Definitely one of the coolest experiences ever!! Never drunk so much river water before.. #rivervalleylodge #rivervalley #rafting #newzealand #workandtravel #blessed #coolestpeople #riverwater #whitewaterrafting #holiday #luckyme
  • The mean new surf spot by The Narrows 🌊 #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #whitewaterrafting #whitewater #purenz #thisismanawatu #getoutdoors #nzmustdo #adventuretravel
  • Nå har me både lært å ri, trave og galoppere på disse nydelige hestene!!🐎 For noen dyr, og for en natur å ri i! 🤩 #welovenewzealand #rivervalleylodge #horsebackriding #horse #halfdaytrip #landscape #newzealand #hesterbest #ingenprotest
  • This time of year is great for our 'Sundowner' evening horse trek. The days are long and the evenings are warm. During the ride, stop to enjoy some nibbles and a glass of bubbles while the dusky evening light fades over the hills. Perfect for a Valentine's Day treat ❤ #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleystables #naturalhorsemanship #thisismanawatu #purenz #nzmustdo
  • Had the best time at River Valley Lodge rafting these grade 5 rapids!! 🤙🏼 #rivervalleylodge #taihape #rafting #grade5 #dreamteam #northisland #newzeland
  • White Water Rafting in River Valley - epic! 4th picture along...he was having us on 😂 . . . #rivervalleylodge #happy #kiwiexperience #newzealand #backpacking #ontheroad #roadtrip #northisland @kiwiexperience
  • Rafting High Five 🙌 #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #whitewaterrafting #newzealand #purenz #thisismanawatu #rafting🌊 #rangitikeiriver
  • It‘s your life. Don‘t let anyone make you feel guilty for living it your way. Thanks for this aswesome adventure girls! ♥️ - - - #whitewaterrafting #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #neverstopexploring #traveleatsleeprepeat #beyourownhero #photooftheday #photography #vivalavida #lavidaloca #tavelheart #travel #memories #befree #goodtime #happy #goodvibes #moments #exploring #traveltheworld #freedom #adventure #storys #theworldisyours #worldwide #adventuretime #instagood #instagirl #qualitytime #instatravel
  • I know I know.. professional photographer and all that jazz.. . . . #river #valley #nature #ladybird #green #rivervalleylodge #whoneedsanikoncamera
  • ⛰👌🏻surrounded by beauty . . . #travelnz #northislandnz #rivervalleylodge #beautiful #sceneryporn #holidayfun #kiwiexperience #andpose #instapic
  • Check out 'Grandad' Brian's latest blog about taking his grand daughters along on our 4 day Whanganui River Dories trip https://www.rivervalley.co.nz/with-the-grand-daughters-on-the-whanganui-river/ #rivervalleylodge #whanganuiriverdories #whanganuijourney #whanganuiriver #woodendory #doryboat #visitwhanganui
  • River Valley • • • • • • #nature #naturephotography #beautiful #beautifulview #scenic #photography #sunset #scenery #views #travel #newzealand #travelnewzealand #kiwiexperience #travel #travelphotography #rivervalley #nz #rivervalleylodge
  • Day 96 - Sunday 20 January. Easy day like chilling on the morning at #rivervalleynz and then get back to #kiwiexperiencebus to go to #wellington . My headphones died and we get stuck in the traffic jam so the end afternoon was a little bit long on the bus. #travelingalone #tdmtellou #travel #travelblogger #travelgram #travelphotography #traveladdict #travelaroundtheworld #horseriding #nz #travelnz #nztourism #newzealand #instanature #instatravel #instanz #rivervalleylodge #voyageursdumonde #kiwiexperience
  • B U C K E T L I S T ♥️ . . Riding horses in New Zealand always seemed like a far cry from reality for me for soooo so long.. yet here I am. In one day, (okay maybe three), I was able to make it happen so very easily, because I legit have one of the best jobs in the world! These are the days I count my lucky fucking stars. ✔️ . Kia Ora! Can’t express how thankful I am to have run across @rivervalleylodge website after hours of research for the perfect expedition after the initial one fell through. On the way to the lodge, I honestly thought we were lost. But after an hour of navigating through winding roads in sheep country, this establishment finally revealed itself and it was a bit more than we bargained for. Nestled on a river and bustling with life from diverse youngins with the need for adventure. And here I was thinking “OH! A long 6 hours of sunny adventure via horseback!” But what we got was a rainy, epic stroll through New Zealand countryside. I hope these pictures portray that feel. Because even though the experience was far from what was expected, it was as equally as peaceful as it was epic. Like I said- It rained the whole time, but @autumn_maisy_ made it one of the best times of my life. And most importantly, I walked away with new pieces of knowledge of natural horsemanship (BLESS the one rein stop! 😂) and the beautiful meaning behind the Greenstone Pendant. Thank you boo! And thank you to everyone else at River Valley Lodge too that makes this such a unique place 🙏🏼 I’ll never ever forget this and I truly look forward to the day that I make it a pit stop to go whitewater rafting here before I finally go to check out the South Island! Cheers! . . #bucketlist #landscapes #travelgram #horsebackriding #equestrian #naturalhorsemanship #rivervalleylodge #THANKYOU #northisland #newzealand #adventureisoutthere #dontwait #luckyasfudge
  • B U C K E T L I S T ♥️ . . Riding horses in New Zealand always seemed like a far cry from reality for me for soooo so long.. yet here I am. In one day, (okay maybe three), I was able to make it happen so very easily, because I legit have one of the best jobs in the world! These are the days I count my lucky fucking stars. ✔️ . Kia Ora! Can’t express how thankful I am to have run across @rivervalleylodge website after hours of research for the perfect expedition after the initial one fell through. On the way to the lodge, I honestly thought we were lost. But after an hour of navigating through winding roads in sheep country, this establishment finally revealed itself and it was a bit more than we bargained for. Nestled on a river and bustling with life from diverse youngins with the need for adventure. And here I was thinking “OH! A long 6 hours of sunny adventure via horseback!” But what we got was a rainy, epic stroll through New Zealand countryside. I hope these pictures portray that feel. Because even though the experience was far from what was expected, it was as equally as peaceful as it was epic. Like I said- It rained the whole time, but @autumn_maisy_ made it one of the best times of my life. And most importantly, I walked away with new pieces of knowledge of natural horsemanship (BLESS the one reign stop! 😂) and the beautiful meaning behind the Greenstone Pendant. Thank you boo! And thank you to everyone else at River Valley Lodge too that makes this such a unique place 🙏🏼 I’ll never ever forget this and I truly look forward to the day that I make it a pit stop to go whitewater rafting here before I finally go to check out the South Island! Cheers! . . #bucketlist #landscapes #travelgram #horsebackriding #equestrian #naturalhorsemanship #rivervalleylodge #THANKYOU #northisland #newzealand #adventureisoutthere #dontwait #luckyasfudge
  • New compendiums for our rooms, made with no nasty plastic and 100% recycled paper ♻ 🌿 #rivervalleylodge #ecofriendly #travelnz #ecotravel
  • Officially a horse riding girl now everyone say hi to Billy 🐎⛰ #kiwiexperience #rivervalleylodge #horse #trekking #gltlove #newzealand
  • A part I enjoy about my job is making friends with the local wildlife 😂😍 • • • #horse #dun #nature #beauty #friend #love #pony #newzealand #nature #igers #newzealandpics #horsesofinstagram #equestrian #instadaily #instamood #igdaily #equus #nz #outdoors #worklife #rangitikei #rivervalleylodge
  • Check out the amazing views and the canyons of the Rangitikei river on our overnight Lodge to Lodge horse trek 🐴 #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleystables #naturalhorsemanship #nzmustdo #thisismanawatu #purenz #horsetrekking #nznorthisland #nzrivers #getoutdoors
  • Out of reach - one night at River Valley #rivervalleylodge #travelnz #lovelyplaces
  • Being cut off from the world in River Valley with no WiFi or signal, just the river, lodge bar and friends to keep you happy! It also featured roast beef 🤤 #rivervalleylodge #kiwiexperience #newzealand
  • One of my favorite stops so far! River Valley Lodge offers fun outdoor activities, as well as grade five rafting on the Rangitikei River! [[rafting pictures to come]] 💫
  • We survived Grade 5 White Water Rafting yesterday morning in River Valley 🚣🏽‍♀️ so much fun and our boat didn’t tip over, thank God (although we came very close)!
  • Great experience with River Valley for my very first rifting. Grade 5!! Experienced guides and amazing view through the tour. #rifting #rivervalleylodge#nz
  • Cooling off in the heat ☀🌊 #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #rangitikeiriver #nzmustdo #whitewaterrafting #thisismanawatu #swiminourregion #getoutdoors
  • Day 8) the highlight of my trip 🥰 #trekking #ponytrek #horsetrek #horseride #riding #equine #hack #throughhorsesears #horseriding #rangitikei #rangitikeiriver #nz #newzealand #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleystables #barefootandbitless #mountainsgandalf
  • River Valley Lodge🏕 . . 깊은 숲 속 핸드폰 서비스도 안되고 오르락 내리락 힘들긴 했지만 경치만 보면 힘든것도 다 풀린다😂 . . . #뉴질랜드 #뉴질랜드여행 #북섬 #오클랜드 #여행 #일상 #숲속 #리버벨리 #자연 #🇳🇿 #nz #newzealand #auckland #trip #travel #youth #life #tour #rivervalleylodge #falls #nature #loveit #newzealandfinds #🏕
  • Deep in the valley.. This photo brings back so many fun memories from my first solo trip back-packing around New Zealand. I used @kiwiexperience as a way to get around and one of the stop offs recommended was white water rafting on the Rangaitikei River with the @rivervalleylodge. It did not disappoint. This shot is from "The Narrows" the calm before the storm or grade 5 rapids 🌊🙌
  • Had some really good days at River Valley Lodge - no connection to mention one reason! Reading, short swims and riding. Then via Desert road passing Mt Ruapehu and Lake Taupo to reach Pyes Pa outside of Tauranga. See Ya! #rivervalleylodge #skifieldsnz #varmareochvarmare
  • A beautiful start to 2019! Perfect weather for the families out on a scenic rafting trip today ☀☀☀ #rivervalleylodge #riverrafting #thisismanawatu #familyrafting #scenicrafting #rangitikei #rangitikeiriver #purenz #nzmustdo #getoutdoors
  • We love seeing Whio (or blue ducks) on the river. Our rafters were lucky enough to spot a pair on the grade 5 trip yesterday. River Valley is an active participant in the Ruahine Whio Collective, a group who specifically help this threatened species. It's great when we see our conservation work paying off. #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #whio #ruahinewhiocollective #blueduck #purenz #rangitikeiriver #nznorthisland #thisismanawatu #docnz
  • Awesome day rafting down the Rangitikei River... another bucket list item ✅ #rangitikeiriver #rivervalleylodge #whitewaterrafting #grade5rapids #sweetasbro #bucketlist #nzventures
  • White water rafting 🚣‍♂️ #whitewaterrafting #rivervalleylodge #rangitikei #newzealanddiaries #taihape #newzealand #nz #rafting #rivervalley #rivervalleyrafting #rangitikeiriver #rangitikeirafting #rangitikeiriverrafting #riverrafting #river
  • Can't believe these guys have finished travelling with us, we've loved having you on board over the last 8 weeks and wish you all the best with your next travel adventure. 💚 Photo cred: @road_rebelz 📷 #kiwiexperience #itsyourtime #embracetheunexpected
  • River Valley, NZ 🚣🏼‍♀️🐑🌲 . #rivervalley #newzealand #rivervalleylodge #whitewaterrafting #middleofnowhere #myhappyplace
  • Rafting gets so much more fun with the great team of Santa's elves! 🎅🏻 @rivervalleylodge #rangitikei #rafting #raftinggrade5 #rangitikeiriver #rangitikeirafting #rivervalleylodge #rivervalley #river #fun
  • Merry Christmas to all our guests, friends and family! On behalf of all the River Valley team we wish you all a very merry (and safe) Christmas 🎄 We will be open every day except Christmas day over the festive period and hope to see some of you soon or in the new year! Here's rafting elf getting in the Christmas spirit this morning #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #whitewaterrafting #nzmustdo #thisismanawatu #nznorthisland #rangitikeiriver #rafting🌊 #christmasrafting #raftingelf
  • #turnbacktime Förra året firade jag och familjen jul med ett härligt gäng på River Valley lodge, Nya Zeeland 🍻🎅 Undrar om moster @carlssonbmc antar utmaningen i år 🤔🤶🤗 #rivervalleylodge #kiwiexperience #merrychristmas
  • It's almost time for our first dory trip of the season! This is a 4 day, 5 night trip on the Whanganui river in wooden dories. A really unique way to experience the Whanganui journey - New Zealand's most popular river trip. The trip departs on the 14th January and we still have space for another 4 people. For more information about the trip, or to enquire have a look on our website - www.rivervalley.co.nz/activities-adventures-tours/whanganui-river-dories/ #rivervalleylodge #whanganuiriver #whanganuiriverdories #doryboat #whanganuijourney #nzrivers #nzmustdo #purenz #getoutdoors
  • 📍New Zealand, white water rafting at River Valley. Ploughing through them grade 5 water drops like a boss 🤙🏽🛶 . Highly recommend this activity, it was such a scream and the river views were scenic 🌊⛰ . . . #instagood #picoftheday #summer #instadaily #instamood #travelgram #ootd #travelphotography #travelling #traveling #travelblogger #backpacker #backpacking #solotravel #NewZealand #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #whitewaterrafting #rafting #waterrafting #watersports #activity #memories #rafting #river #waves #surf #surfing
  • Perfect weather for a Fantail Canyon multi-day river trip yesterday 🌞🌞 #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #multidayrafting #rangitikeiriver #thisismanawatu #purenz #nzmustdo #nznorthisland #familyrafting
  • Wild and free in Lord of the Rings country #lovenewzealand #taihape #rivervalleylodge #horses #mychildrenaremyworld #happy #lovenz
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  • Taking in the amazing views on my noble steed for the morning🐴🌳🏇🏼💨 #horseriding #rivervalleylodge #views #scenery #newzealand

 THE RIVER IS BECKONING