River Valley Lodge – New Zealand’s Original Adventure Lodge 2019-08-16T23:41:40+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.

Welcome To Our Home

Tucked away at the base of the Ruahine Ranges and Mt. Aorangi, on the banks of the Rangitikei River, River valley lodge is the perfect escape from the stress of every day life.

We have a range of accommodation options from backpacker style bunk rooms, to campsites, through to deluxe Riverside Suites perfect for a romantic weekend away.

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.

Whether you’re looking for a scenic weekend retreat, an adventure holiday or simply a beautiful place to put your head for a night we would love to invite you to come and stay with us, but be warned: once you experience the valley, some people never leave.

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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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What Makes River Valley Unique?

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.

The business has always been family owned and run, and started out on the family farm. Being away from the main tourist centres, we have tended to develop systems and ways of doing things that are often unique to us. This approach is quite holistic, whether it be Natural Horse Training at the Stables, growing our own vegetables for the Lodge kitchen, having an extended family relationship within the staff, or doing practical things for the natural environment.

From the very beginning our focus has been on delivering a quality, fun experience to our guests, maintaining good relationships with our local community, and operating with a minimum footprint in our natural environment.

A River Valley trip will be something to talk about for years to come, and make your adventure seeking friends wish they were there.

Want to find out more about an Adventure 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 weather is looking amazing for the rest of the week! ☀ Who wants to come rafting? #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #nzmustdo #thisismanawatu #travelnz #nzrivers #newzealandtravel #travelnewzealand #whitewaterrafting #rafting #nznorthisland #explorenz
  • Up a creek with(out) a paddle? Embrace the unexpected moments and enjoy the adventure. 📸 @aaron.hickman #kiwiexperience #embracetheunexpected #nz @rivervalleylodge
  • Tried white water rafting today, somehow did not fall in!! Legolas led us through the gorge 🚣🏼‍♀️🏞️ #whitewaterrafting #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #lotr #legolas #water #sports
  • Horse walks into a bar.... no joke just what happens at River Valley #rivervalleylodge #newzealand
  • The river cart at #rivervalleylodge
  • No wifi, no network, no town, no shops - River Valley •••#rivervalley #newzealand #nouvellezelande #frogs_in_nz #kiwiexperience #experience #lost #nature #peaceful #mountains #river #friends #nofilter #sheep🐑 #rivervalleylodge #taihape #ontheroad #photography #pictures #travel
  • Photo shoot for @weddingdaymagazine @journayandco @noteworthyexpressions @abrideschoiceflorist
  • Always an interesting day at work @rivervalleylodge #rafting #rivervalleylodge #whitewater #newzealand #kiwiexperience
  • How do you cater for an all-vegetarian wedding? The answer is cheese. #rivervalleylodge #thisismanawatu #nzwedding #weddingfood #weddingvenue #cheeseplatter #cherryblossom #nzrivers #riversidewedding #manawatuwedding #vegetarian
  • The Rangitikei @rivervalleylodge made it as spot number 5 on #redbull s top 8 places to go #rafting in the world. . . #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #readyforsummer #rivers #whitewater #theresapubatthetakeout . https://www.redbull.com/nz-en/river-rafting-best-destinations
  • A beautiful place🇳🇿✨***#neuseeland #newzealand #rivervalleylodge #beautiful #tree #landscape #landschaftsfotografie #landscapephotography #picoftheday #instapic #instagram #like #follow #me #2019 #workandtravel #happy #lovely #place
  • River Valley has always been family owned and operated. Here's 3 generations of river guides, ready for this morning's raft trip (which got off to a very chilly start!) #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #rafting #whitewaterrafting #nznorthisland #nzmustdo #familybusiness
  • Just a reminder that the stables is now open again for the season 🐴 We've already had some awesome rides last week, including a Home on the Range, Stay & Play, Harmony with Horses and Burn the Breeze. Thanks to everyone that joined us, it's been a pleasure taking you out!#rivervalleystables #rivervalleylodge #naturalhorsemanship #nzmustdo #thisismanawatu #newzealandtravel #horseridingholidays #horsetrekking
  • It's conservation week! A topic that we are very passionate about at River Valley. Did you know that every time you buy a piece of our merchandise - caps, beanies, T-shirts or hoodies, we donate $2 to the Ruahine Whio Protection Trust (www.rwp.org.nz). The money will go towards protecting our native Whio, or 'Blue Duck'. We also service 100 stoat traps on land, and along the Rangitikei River, to protect these endangered birds. Our hoodies and tees are printed with eco friendly inks by @artisanscreenprints and the tees are made from fair trade, organic cotton. This is just one of the many ways River Valley contributes towards conservation and protecting our natural environment.#rivervalleylodge #ruahinewhioprotection #whio #blueduck #purenz #nzbirds #conservation #nzrivers #thisismanawatu #conservationweek
  • Big time Rafting Guide PaulE Oh and me sitting on a rock #backhome #stillkindagotit #whitewaterrafting #rivervalleylodge
  • Day 7. #newzealand #northisland #taranakifalls #tongarironationalpark #rivervalleylodge #australia #asia #travel #traveling #travelphotography #backpacker #backpacking
  • Most beautiful views from river valley lodge #kiwiexperience #newzealand #rivervalleylodge
  • Spring is definitely here this morning ☀ 🌿Spring might be the most beautiful time of the year to visit the lodge - everything is starting to flower, lambs are being born, and the river is that special colour that it only gets in early Spring. Why not come for a visit before we get busy for Summer, our discounted Winter rates are still running until the end of September#rivervalleylodge#spring#thisismanawatu #nznorthisland #travelnz #nztravel #cherryblossom #purenz
  • Just 1 week to go until the stables reopens!Who wants to come for a ride? 🐴... 📷 @topwithkids#rivervalleystables #rivervalleylodge #thisismanawatu #horseridingholidays #horsetrekking #naturalhorsemanship
  • Little Sister time at the Spa #sisters👭 #mangwananidayspa #rivervalleylodge #massagespa #champersandmassages
  • If the last video wasn't enough to tempt you, here's a few photos from our brand new 8 day ride! 🐴 Since we've had so much interest in the ride already we've added a second departure date - there's 2 spots left on the 10th Feb departure, and 8 spots left on the 19th Feb departure. To have a look at the itinerary and book your spot, visit the Globetrotting website: www.globetrotting.com.au/horse-riding-holidays/the-river-valley-ride-new-zealand/#rivervalleystables #horseridingholidays #nzmustdo #horsetrekking #kaimanawaheritagehorses #thisismanawatu #lovetoridelivetotravel #northislandnz #travelnz #explorenz #nzhorses
  • DRUM ROLL please! It's been 3 years in the making, but we are so excited to announce the launch of our new 8 day ride - 'The River Valley Ride'. Over 8 days you’ll get a lovely sense of the Kiwi farming way of life, riding through generational farming properties that aren’t accessible to the general public. You’ll share a drink with local farmers in a pop-up bar in the middle of a paddock (you can’t get any more Kiwi-centric than that!) and you’ll spend another night at a local Māori Marae. Plus you’ll traverse jaw-dropping, ever-changing scenery and swim bareback through crystal-clear rivers.We've partnered with www.globetrotting.com.au to make this ride a world exclusive, only bookable through the Globetrotters website. Full details on the ride and how to book can be found on their website here: https://www.globetrotting.com.au/horse-riding-holidays/the-river-valley-ride-new-zealand/More photos to follow shortly, but for now enjoy this sneak peak of our newest, longest and possibly most fun ride yet! 🐴 #horsetrekking #rivervalleystables #purenz #nzmustdo #nzhorses #kaimanawaheritagehorses #kaimanawa #thisismanawatu #horsetrek
  • #rangitikeiriver#rivercrossing#rivervalley#rivervalleylodge#northisland#newzealand
  • So much home grown and home cooked deliciousness for a group birthday lunch. And Miranda's pav is made from scratch using our own free range eggs#rivervalleylodge #homegrown #lunch #birthdaylunch #lodgecafe #growyourown #organic
  • A classic kiwi river rescue. Saving some of our locals on this morning's raft trip 🐑 #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #whitewaterrafting #grade5rafting #rangitikeiriver #rangitikei #nznorthisland #purenz #nzrivers
  • Row row row your boat gently down the stream🎼🎼🎼🎼🚣‍♂️🚣‍♀️🛶🌊 #whitewaterrafting #whitewater #whitewaterkayaking #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #kiwiexperience #rafting #rafting🌊 #rafting🚣 #raftingtrip #paddle #paddler #rapids #travelling #traveltheworld #traveltheglobe #grandrapids #southernhemisphere #backpacking #seetheworld #rowrowrowyourboat #discovertheworld #discovernewzealand #travelinspiration #middleearth #travelnewzealand #explore
  • Booking your next adventure with us just got even easier! Introducing our new Stay & Play package - the perfect way to experience the best things River Valley has to offer. All meals are included, and there's a choice of bunk or deluxe accommodation. But most importantly, a choice of adventure! Choose from 5 of our most popular trips: Grade 5 rafting, Scenic rafting, Harmony with Horses, The Sundowner or Burn the Breeze. Book your adventure now through our website: www.rivervalley.co.nz/accommodation/accommodation-adventure-activity-package#rivervalleylodge #rivervalleystables #rivervalleyrafting #adventuretravel #adventurepackage #nzmustdo
  • Rafting is fun at any time of year! Our grade 5 trip runs all year round, even in the middle of winter. The water might be pretty cold but don't worry, we've got lots of gear to keep you warm.Last week's trips were particularly chilly but The Narrows looked pretty awesome! ❄⛄❄ #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #grade5rafting #thisismanawatu#nzmustdo#kiwiexperience #purenz #whitewaterrafting #nztourism
  • Winter is a great time for team building and group retreats. Recently the guys (and kelly!) from the NZDF came on a River Wild, Mountain High adventure with us. We had a great couple of days taking these guys out rafting and riding.During the off peak season we have the space to accommodate larger groups, or even hire the lodge out exclusively - if you're looking a for a team building adventure, or just a group weekend away, get in touch! #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleystables #nzdf #corporateadventures #teambuilding #teambuildingadventure #nzmustdo #thisismanawatu #corporateretreat #nzadventures
  • 👋 New Zealand 🇳🇿 Stunning country with incredible people.... made a few new friends along the way - and I got to do it with my best friend 😉 Here’s to next time 🍻 ------#newzealand #travelblogger #maori #kiwi #auckland #hotwaterbeach #waitomo #rotorua #lovetaupo #rivervalleylodge #wellington #northisland #travel #cantwaittocomeback #toomanyhashtags
  • The Winter vegetable garden in all it's glory! Broccoli, cauliflower, beets, parsnips, cabbage, lettuce, kale, leeks and lots more good stuff. All to be used in our food for the lodge cafe/restaurant 🌿#rivervalleylodge #permaculture #eatorganic #wintergardening #growyourown #homegrown
  • I don't want to be a pie, I don't like gravy! 🐔🐔
  • A lovely misty Autumn morning for the last ride of the season.The stables is now officially closed until September!Thanks to everyone who joined us for a horse trek this season 🐴 #rivervalleystables #rivervalleylodge #naturalhorsemanship #nzmustdo #thisismanawatu #horsetrekking
  • The kiwi-fam ❤ #rivervalleylodge
  • Added a couple new tattoos while in New Orleans. Trust me - if you ever get the chance to go to any of the spots you will not be disappointed. My happy places!
  • The stables will be closing for Winter at the end of May. Who wants to come for a ride? There's still a week left! 🐴 📷 @helenscheuerer#rivervalleystables #rivervalleylodge #naturalhorsemanship #thisismanawatu #nzmustdo #horsetrekking
  • Just horsin' around! 🐎 The team at @rivervalleylodge have proudly raised their horses using natural horsemanship techniques meaning they are ridden without ❌ metal in their mouths or on their hooves. Take a half day trek through the lush 😍 farmlands and really get to know the 🐴 horse you are riding. 📸 @thebexpedition #kiwexperience #nz #northisland #nzmustdo #embracetheunexpected #rivervalleylodge
  • Couldn’t help myself.... had to do another horse ride outing during this trip because the scenery in New Zealand is beyond stunning! .This was in River Valley Lodge, deep in the countryside of North Island between Taupo and Wellington. my gorgeous horse was called Mr T 🐴 💖 .#visitnewzealand #newzealand #northisland #kiwiexperience #rivervalleylodge #autumnhorserides #horseride #travelphotography
  • kjellerleiligheten din#autumn #nz #newzealand #kiwiexperience #kiwi #river #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #northisland #leaves #fallingleaves #chilling #tree #redleaves #fun #travel #traveling #girl
  • Miranda and Coke have been busy making our first batch of green tomato & chilli relish to sell to customers. Home made using the last of the tomatoes from the garden - relish is a great (and tasty!) way to use and store surplus produce at the end of the season 🍅 We recommend trying it with some delicious things like cheese and a glass of NZ red wine 🍷Come and grab yourself a jar!#rivervalleylodge #relish #tomatorelish #relishthemoment #permaculture #homegrown #eatorganic #nzmade
  • 🏞💣💣💣 Bombing in the ice cold Rangitikei River 🥶. Was a great overnight stop 🍻#nz #kiwiexperience #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #cold #icecold #bomb #rangitikeiriver #jumping #river #traveling #valley #chilly #explore #bombsaway #hostel #hostellife #backpacking #fun #goodtimes #videos
  • Thinking of taking in a wild horse? Or ever wondered what it takes to train one? Before our stables guide Thomas leaves for the season, we asked him to share his experience working with Awa, our newest wild Kaimanawa horse. 🐴 Read our interview with Thomas in our latest blog post 'Taken from the wild' www.rivervalley.co.nz/taken-from-the-wild#rivervalleystables#wildhorses #kaimanawaheritagehorses #kaimanawa #naturalhorsemanship #travelnz #thisismanawatu #tourismnz #nztourism
  • Day 11: “a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep or story telling or singing...” #fargreencountry #lotr #llamasofnewzealand
  • The beautiful countryside of New Zealands North Island with Mount Ruapehu in the distance 🏔#newzealand #aotearoa #northisland #mtruapehu #rivervalleylodge #manawatuwanganui #kiwi #kiwiexperience #travel #travelgram #instatravel #travelnewzealand #photography #nature #outdoors #tongarironationalpark #moment #djiglobal #mavicpro #dji #scenic #view #panorama #wanderlust #mountain #vulcano #glacier #throwback
  • Saying goodbye to my travel crew from the last week. Going to genuinely miss these girls, north island wouldn’t have been the same without them and our crazy bus group! Hopping off the Big Green Bus™️ and continuing the loop back up to Auckland where I finish my New Zealand adventures, with less than a week to go. Then Australia bound for birthday celebrations 👀.....#biggreenbus #girlswhotravel #travelfriends #kiwiexperience #travelfamily #rivervalley #whitegirlwasted #winedrunk #rivervalleylodge #travelcrew #northislandnz #backpackingnz #nztourism #nztravel #sweetas #kiwibus #hoponhopoff #backpackerlife #aucklandbound #newzealandadventures #backpackerdiaries #travelwithme
  • If white water rafting in New Zealand isn’t the definition of adventure, I’m not sure what is! 💦•••••#WhiteWaterRafting #RiverValley #RiverValleyLodge #NorthIsland #NewZealand #NZ #Aorearoa #Adrenaline #Sport #Kiwi #KiwiExperience #Autumn #KiaOra #Travel #SoloTravel #TravelNZ #OnTheRoad #OnTheRoadAgain #Olympus #VSCO
  • This week we're pleased to be one of the sponsors who are hosting newlyweds Fran & Ayden Palmer on their honeymoon. The couple won a wedding and honeymoon through @projectmarton's Elope To The Country competition. Their prize was to have their wedding at the Marton Harvest Festival, as well as winning a 'mountain to sea' honeymoon staying at some unique places in the Rangitikei district. Congratulations Fran & Ayden and enjoy the rest of your honeymoon! ❤#elopetothecountry #projectmarton #rivervalleylodge #thisismanawatu #manawatuweddings #honeymoondestination
  • It's Fri-yay! And to celebrate for the month of April we have a new special offer for Friday nights. Stay in one of our deluxe ensuite rooms, or a bunk room and enjoy complimentary use of the spa and sauna. Then the next morning enjoy a free cooked breakfast and a choice of 1 of 3 adventure activities - grade 5 rafting, scenic rafting or Harmony with Horses. This offer is for April only and bookable through our website - https://www.rivervalley.co.nz/accommodation/bed-breakfast-activity-package/
  • Rangitikei gorge grade 5 white water rafting #kiwiexperience #whitewaterrafting #grade5whitewaterrafting #rivervalleylodge
  • There is something about the charming River Valley Lodge - nestled amongst towering cliffs and hills, slightly in the middle of nowhere. Known as New Zealand’s Original Adventure Lodge, this family-owned business makes up three generations of Rafting and Horse Trekking Guide knowledge. The staff are not only real adventure seekers, but they care about the environment as well. They have grown an organic garden to supply their restaurant (one of the best feeds you’ll have, by the way), protect the river by controlling plant and animal pests around the area and minimise their waste as much as possible. 🌳 Photo cred: @pubcheftotraveller 📸 #newzealand #kiwiexperience #embracetheunexpected #rivervalleylodge @rivervalleylodge

 THE RIVER IS BECKONING