River Valley Lodge – New Zealand’s Original Adventure Lodge 2019-04-09T08:59:25+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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  • 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
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  • 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
  • The loveliest horse and the most beautiful scenery 🐴 ❣ #kiwiexperience #rivervalleylodge
  • Day 11: “a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep or story telling or singing...” #fargreencountry #lotr #llamasofnewzealand
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • White water rafting in river valley, new zealand. #travel #newzealand #rivervalleylodge #whitewaterrafting
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  • 🏔 It’s all an adventure, it comes with a breathtaking view... 🎶 #RiverValleyLodge
  • My first attempt to take a shot of the stars 🤩💫🌌~👤 @des0nne~📸 Sony A7 iii~~#Stars #rivervalleylodge #tree #nature_good #newzealand #newzealandnatural #newzealandtrip #night #nightsky #ig_naturelovers #ig_daily #ig_newzealand #photooftheday #photography #beautifuldestinations #holliday #trip #worldtrip #travel #travelphotography #worldwide #nature #naturephotography #worldtrip #sonya7iii #sony2470gm #sony #sony_shots #sonyphotography #joby @jobyinc
  • Feels like I'm an actress in Hobbiton 😍...#workandtravel #newzealand #rivervalleylodge #naturelover #fairytail #traveller #travel #naturalglam #nature #landscape
  • Join us on Saturday for our first garden workshop of the season - A Taste For Nutritionally Dense Food. The workshop is a full day and will be a mix of discussion, demonstrations and some hands on elements. And the best part...lunch made with fresh ingredients you've picked that morning 🍲We want to share with you what we have learned so far on our food journey! For more info visit out Facebook page#rivervalleylodge #permaculture#gardenworkshop #homegrown#eatorganic #taihape #nutrition #nutrientdense
  • 20일, 통가리로 이후 또 다시 트래킹으로 시작한 하루 그리고 전파가 안터져서 카드 게임과 함께했던 River valley!...#newzealand #tongarironationalpark #tokaanu #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #여행에미치다
  • Heaven on Earth #rivervalleylodge
  • Enough with the horses? Never...I made a friend.#horses #horsemad #lovely #friends #rivervalleylodge #horsetrekking #filming #lamp #kisses #friends #selfie #love #nature #cuddletime #animals #insta #photo #newzealand #cocomamanz
  • Riding through one of the beautiful canyons of the Rangitikei River on a Lodge to Lodge horse trek 🐴 Give us a like on the facebook page below to help us out in the Tourism Industry Aotearoa's photo competition 👍https://m.facebook.com/TourismIndustryAotearoa/photos/a.10157165800344059/10157165804384059/?type=3#rivervalleylodge #rivervalleystables #naturalhorsemanship #rangitikeiriver #thisismanawatu #rangitikei #nzmustdo #nznorthisland #horsetrekking
  • Another fun day at [email protected] @fergratio @thewindeater @calebkingi @rivervalleylodge @abbykingi#rangitikei #tourism #destinationmarketing #economicdevelopment #localgovernment #taihape #rivervalleylodge #horsetrekking #horses #filming #location #friday #summer #newzealand #landscape #lineup #work #lovemyjob #insta #fun #oldfriends #newfriends #comingback #cocomamanz
  • Day 11. Last nights delicious dinner came from River Valley’s huge veggie garden.#rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #taihape #veggiegarden #roastdinner #nz #newzealand #travel #travelling #solotraveller #kiwiexperience @kiwiexperience @rivervalleylodge
  • 19.02.19 ~ 20.02.19River Valley 📍We had a very chilled stay at the River Valley Lodge. It is an accommodation right next to a crystal clear lake. Due to the lack of wifi and telephone reception we had to socialise and play games together with the other Kiwi Bus people. We had a great night with a positive stay, a shame it was only for the one night. 🧘🏻‍♀️🧘🏼‍♂️•••#newzealand #northislandnz #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleynz #nowifi #nophonereception #lovenature #socialise #blackmagic #themoonisround #icanflyto #mindfuckgames #5secondgame #boatalietravels
  • River Valley ⛰••#rivervalleylodge #newzealand #holiday #6weeks #travel #waterfall #middle #of #nowhere
  • White water rafting dream team (ft. my leg as we fell) 🇳🇿🚣🏼‍♀️ 🌊 #rivervalleylodge #whitewaterrafting #adventures #survived #newzealand #outdoors #kiwiexperience #somuchfun
  • Mauve #algae in #waterhole in #newzealand #rivervalleylodge
  • The best things in life are free. Little joys like these. 🌿💛 @rivervalleylodge #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
  • ......#travelnewzealand #travelnz #NZmustdo #rivervalley #valley #rivervalleylodge
  • River Valley Lodge GRADE 5 WHITE WATER RAFTING10 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
  • Sun set over the hills surrounded by farmland, cows, sheep and horses! Had a great little adventure finding this spot to watch the colours change! Loved this place - River Valley, pukeokahu, North Island.#sunset #adventures #rivervalleylodge #landscape #newzealand #outdoorlife #nature
  • 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
  • Had the best time at River Valley Lodge rafting these grade 5 rapids!! 🤙🏼 #rivervalleylodge #taihape #rafting #grade5 #dreamteam #northisland #newzeland
  • 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
  • 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 triphttps://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 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

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