River Valley Lodge – New Zealand’s Original Adventure Lodge 2020-03-21T00:44:28+00:00

Unfortunately due to the impact of COVID-19 River Valley will be closed from 23rd April-1st October 2020. If you have a booking that falls within the close down period, please contact our reception 0800248666 or the [email protected] and we can either refund or transfer your booking to another date.

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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  • Nothing compares to dreaming about that must see destination. To having it on your bucket list for years. To deciding to just GO. To booking that flight. To trawling through your options until you find the perfect transport/experience/accommodation for you. Nothing compares to counting down the days. To checking in and choosing your seats. To arriving at the airport. To reaching the other side of security and thinking “I can finally relax”. To grabbing those all essential travel snacks and magazines. To boarding that plane. Nothing compares to the airplane food (😜). To watching the world change before your eyes out of your teeny tiny window. To waking up with three hours to go until touch down. To touch down. Nothing compares to navigating your way from the airport to your destination. To seeing everything for the first time from the window. To taking mental notes of what you want to see and do. To the smells and the sounds. To the first look. Nothing compares to your first shower in 24 hours when you finally reach your accommodation. To your head hitting the pillow. Nothing compares to your first day exploring. To that warm fuzzy feeling knowing you’ve got a whole two weeks/three months/four years of travel to look forward to. Nothing compares to the food you eat, the people you meet and the sights you seek. To the nights on the drinks, to the mornings with your head in the sink, to the alone time you have to just sit and think. To the experiences you enjoy, the fears you overcome and the memories you make. To the first times, first times in a long times and the never agains. To the lessons learnt, the lightbulb moments and the life changing decisions. To the knowing that you’ll never be quite the same again, because a little piece of you will forever remain a little piece of (insert place here).-We love our planet, I believe that to be true now more than ever, but basically, she needed a break like a Disney Mom with a quadruple stroller trying to navigate her way down Main Street mid August needs a stiff drink and this was the only way she could help us to understand just how much. Until next time, see you soon World, I can’t wait to carry on exploring 💙💚
  • On the horseback through the hills in River Valkey 🇳🇿 #newzeeland #newzealand #northislandnz #horsebackrider #freeridingnz #freeriding #pintohorse #hills #rivervalleylodge
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  • I met this lovely boy this morning...#gonecountry #horselove#rangitikei#rivervalleylodge
  • One year ago I came back home from my amazing trip to #newzealand. What a beautiful country. I toured both islands for 2 months in a campervan with lots of hiking, kayaking and many other fun activities. I am truly a big fan of #aotearoa. I have e.g. been to #auckland, #hobbiton, Wairere Falls, #tongarirocrossing, Mt Doom, #whanganuiriver, Kaiwi Beach, #wellington, Kaiteriteri Beach, Split Apple Rock, #abeltasman, Great Coast Road, #pancakerocks, Pororari River Track, Truman‘s Track, Monteiths Brewing Co, Hokitika, #franzjosefglacier, Lake Wanaka, Lake Wahea, Cardrona, #queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, #keplertrack, Waiau River, #lakemanapouri, Lake Te Anau, Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, #routeburntrack, #lakemarian, Homer Tunnel, #milfordsound, Milford Mariner, #doubtfulsound, Lake Harris, Lake Mackenzie, Lake Howden, #lakepukaki, Twizel, Fields of Pelennor, Aoraki, #mtcook, Tasman Lake, Hooker Valley Track, #laketekapo, #mtjohnobservatory, Godley Head Track, Taylor‘s Mistake, #kaikoura, Nins Bin, #lordoftherings, #rivervalleylodge, Rangitikei, #waitomocaves, #blackwaterrafting, #rotorua, Whakarewarewa, #waiotapu, Champagne Pool, #hotwaterbeach, Coromandel, #cathedralcove, Matakana, Point Wells, etc. (Musik: Acoustic Guitar 1Musiker: music by audionautix.comLizenz: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode)
  • And over that ridge are at least 10 others with nothing but wilderness. Getting out in the backcountry while #flyfishing with @raeofsunshine1969 and friends.I love New Zealand!#grundens #simmsfishing #dupeafish #rivervalleylodge
  • Base of the maunga Aorangi!Reposted from @rivervalleylodge 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 - #mokaipatea #ancestorlands #centralplateau #whitikaupeka #ohuake #tamakopiri #hauiti
  • NZ2020 is in the books. Message me now if you want information on NZ2021. Adventure fishing at its best! #dupeafish #flyfishinginsiderpodcast #flycvltvre #rainbowtrout #browntrout #rivervalleylodge
  • Time to head back to Mexico. Thanks to everyone at #rivervalleylodge for an unforgettable experience once again. NZ2020 out. #dupeafish #flyfishinginsiderpodcast #flycvltvre #toplessfishing
  • We have amazing lands... Tag someone who has done a bomb or manu in this river.... LolReposted from @rivervalleylodge Riding through one of the beautiful canyons of the Rangitikei River on a Lodge to Lodge horse trek 🐴 #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleystables #naturalhorsemanship #rangitikeiriver #thisismanawatu #rangitikei #nzmustdo #nznorthisland #horsetrekking - -#mokaipatea #ancestorlands #centralplateau #whitikaupeka #ohuake #tamakopiri #hauiti
  • Are you a horse lover and riding fanatic? Then you should not miss #rivervalleylodge in #newzealandThey ride their horses bridleless and you get to enjoy the most spectacular views of the valley as well as the mountains in the surroundings.All horses are in best shape and health and they are very very well looked after ❤ I will definitely recommend them to everyone visiting the North Island.#horse #trailriding #naturalhorsemanship #freedom #nature #bestview #canyon #rivercrossing #bridleless #inlovewiththisplace #dontmissit #tikitour #ridingholiday #pferdundreiter
  • An epic backcountry adventure in New Zealand is hard to beat. #rivervalleylodge #dupeafish #flyfishinginsiderpodcast #toplessfishing #flycvltvre #rainbowtrout #newzealand100percentpure
  • The biggest duckie trip of the year so far? 26 customers, 6 guides, 5 vehicles, 1 photographer, lots of fun! #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #thisismanawatu #kiwiexperience #nzmustdo #whitewater #inflatablekayak #inceptrafts
  • Great to be back home in New Zealand. It’s even better to be showing new friends a few special places. #rivervalleylodge #dupeafish #flyfishinginsiderpodcast #troutfishing #dryflyfishing #newzealand100percentpure
  • Off tomorrow chasing rainbows. Can’t wait to get back to NZ. #rivervalleylodge #dupeafish #flyfishinginsiderpodcast
  • Awesome night spent at River Valley Lodge, local food and drink, cliff jumps, river swims, sunbathing and sauna. 😎👌 #rivervalleylodge #swimming #sauna #sunbathing #riverswims #localfood #drinklocal #relax #cliffjumping
  • An Unexpected Bonus: This season we couldn't use the usual track to where we start our duckies trips, due to logging. After considering a few options (including a helicopter!) one of our lovely neighbours recommended another track in. The unexpected bonus is the views on the way. The track we usually use has great views, but the alternative track has stunning scenery and views over the Ruahine Ranges, the mountain Aorangi and the hill country of Pukeokahu. Now even the drive in is an awesome trip! ..#thisismanawatu #rivervalleyrafting #rivervalleylodge #pukeokahu #travelnz #nznorthisland #hillcountry #silverlining
  • Ever wondered what it's like to raft a grade 5 rapid in your own boat? When the river drops low enough we run our grade raft 5 trips in 'duckies' (inflatable kayaks or 2 person rafts). This is a unique adventure experience, which you won't find anywhere else in New Zealand (maybe even the world!). Our river guides are there to support, instruct and guide you, but you will be piloting the boat by yourself. This is our most challenging trip, you will definitely get wet and there is a high chance of flipping the boat 💦If you think you are up to the challenge then give us a call to book. We are running this trip at the moment but can only continue to run it while the river is low enough. ..#rivervalleyrafting #rivervalleylodge #nzmmustdo #nzrivers #inflatablekayak #kiwiexperience #thisismanawatu #whitewaterrafting #nztravel #nznorthisland #adventuretravel #nztourism
  • Colour of Jade and green along the Rangitikei River near Taihape, NZ. Inspirational #taihape #rivervalleytaihape #rafting #rivervalleylodge
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  • Breathtaking views while White Water Rafting - Grade 5 😍💪Twice in 2 weeks, 7 meter drop last week at Rotorua #NewZealand #WhiteWaterRafting #Rotorua #RiverValleyLodge #RiverValley #WhiteWaterRaftingGrade5 #KiwiExperience
  • Four weeks from now, I will will be back guiding on my favorite waters on the planet. Going to be an unforgettable 2 week backcountry expedition. #newzealand #rivervalleylodge #flyfishing #troutfishing #dupeafish #flyfishingpodcast
  • Survived rafting @rivervalleylodge, an amazing experience! #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #rafting #wildwater #adventure #newzealand #northislandnz #kiwiexperience
  • Looking to join one of our multi-day river trips this Summer? If you want to join an existing trip, check our guaranteed departures page. This is a great way for smaller groups to team up with other travellers on a trip that is guaranteed to run. At the moment we have spaces on the following trips:03/01 Mokai Canyon06/01 Mokai Canyon17/01 The Epic Rangitikei11/03 Mokai CanyonOr, for groups of 3 or more we can run trips on a date to suit you. Just get in touch to book your river adventure...#nzmustdo #nznorthisland #thisismanawatu #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #multidayrafting #rafting #rangitikeiriver #rangitikei #nztravel
  • The best day yet 😁 #NZ #rivervalleylodge #trekking
  • •Day 9 •Happy Hanukkah •River Valley to Wellington, NZ •Went white water rafting on the Rangitikei River with 10 major rapids ranging from Grade 3+ to Grade 5 • Drove towards Wellington but there was a big crash so the road was closed for hours so we lounged in a park & went to the grocery to waste time •Made it to our hostel, ate some chips & socialized with some of our @kiwiexperience family that we would be saying goodbye to #goodbyesaretoosad #thewaterwasfreezing #ipeedinmywetsuit #rivervalleylodge 🛶🚦🛣💔🕎
  • Right team I want a nice easy trip no funny business today! Rafting on 3!#rivervalleylodge #rafting #teamchat #toolboxmeeting #tradys
  • Had a lovely trip away to river valley enjoying white water rafting and even managed to sneak in a ride on the lovely Dakota Who needed a little hand to smile at the camera. Thanks river valley lodge and stables of having me #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleystables
  • Raftin’ 🚣🏼‍♀️ #rivervalleylodge #nz
  • So we’ve done some pretty awesome things in New Zealand... and River Valley Lodge was certainly a highlight! #WhiteWaterRafting #RiverValleyLodge #RiverValley #NewZealand #Travel #Rafting #TravellersOfInstagram #JustStrong #BeJustStrong #Adventure #KiwiExperience #Kiwi #Travelling #Fun #OutdoorAdventures #Nature
  • Rangitikei = taking the first step of a journey.#RangitikeiRiver #WhiteWaterRafting #RiverValleyLodge #adventuring #NewZealand #Manawatu-Whanganui
  • Rafting 2.0#rafting🚣 #river #rivervalleylodge #iloveit❤️ #newzealand #newzealandtrip #adventure #travelingaroundtheworld🌍
  • Sick time on the on water 🤙🌊🚣‍♂️...#newzealand #newzealandlife #discovernewzealand #travel #newbie #newzealandtrip #adventure #adventuretime #explore #mytravels #northisland #newzealand #backpacker #2019 #travelbug #exploring #travel #travelphotos #photography #goexplore #rafting #rivervalleylodge ..
  • A valley #retreat at the stunning #RiverValleylodge. Such diverse vegetation found in this area and the tropical trees are just a part of the farm land. Unusual yet magical to witness lambs taking shelter by the trunks for shade. #newzealand #northisland
  • I'm gonna take my horse to the old town road, I'm gonna ride 'til I can't no more. 🎵#kiwiexperience #embracetheunexpected #newzealand 📸@birgitss
  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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