River Valley Lodge – New Zealand’s Original Adventure Lodge 2018-09-10T03:30:15+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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  • Taking in the amazing views on my noble steed for the morning🐴🌳🏇🏼💨 #horseriding #rivervalleylodge #views #scenery #newzealand
  • It maybe looks like we’re taking it easy while Isaac our rafting expert is keeping us alive.. But if you wanna see us paddle for our lifes in grade five rapids, then check out our latest video on YouTube! >> Link in bio
  • Actual Paradise ⛰ . . . #newzealand #newzealandfinds #newzealandtrip #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #nzlife #bestlife #sanctuary #paradise #river #riverrapids #travels #roadtrip #kiwiexperience
  • When your face Grace's the page but it looks like this...🙃🙃🙃 @kiwiexperience @rivervalleylodge #kiwiexperience #embracetheunexpexted #rivervalleylodge #whitewaterrafting #bestinstaface #omg #ytho
  • A unique stay at the River Valley lodge with no technology or phone service! #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #river #valley #adventure #travel #kiwiexperience #exploring #scenic #chill
  • Christmas party antipasto platters 🎄 Full of home made goodness like cumin tortilla chips, free range, organic sticky bbq chicken, sweet chilli prawns and other deliciousness! We can cater for functions, parties and events and have a licensed bar on site 🍻 #rivervalleylodge #thisismanawatu #christmasfunctions #antipasto #christmasparty #taihape
  • River rafting at River Valley. It was great! . . . . . . #newzealand #northislandnz #rafting #river #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #newzealandtrip #travelnewzealand #explorenewzealand #newzealandtravel #visitnewzealand #wanderlust #aroundtheworld #trip #travel #ilovetravel #amoviajar #travelgram #instatravel #solotrip #travelgirl #girlswhotravel #girlslovetravel #letstravel #letsgosomewhere #explore #keepexploring #exploretheworld #holidays #vacation
  • This was without a doubt my favourite stop on the North Island. The team there are so welcoming and it really seems like they absolutely love their jobs, and it’s easy to see why. The @rivervalleylodge is set down in a steep, stunning valley next to the Rangitikei river. The accommodation is really comfortable and homely and don’t even get my started on the roast dinner 🤤 We did the Grade 5 white water rafting experience which was SO much fun. Our guide was great, he had us all in bits as he took us through the 11km trip down the river. It was honestly the most fun I’ve had and I’d totally do it all over again if I could. I don’t have a picture of us doing the rafting so I’ve stolen Charlie’s picture (thanks CF) of their gorgeous horses - I loved it so much there I had to post something. #travel #rivervalleylodge #horses
  • White Water Rafting 🌊 . . . #whitewaterrafting #rivervalleylodge #rivervalley #rivers #rafts #adventure #travelblogger #travel #travelgram #wanderlust #bucketlist #travelspo #kiwiexperience #kiwi #nz #northisland #nofilter #islandlife #travellife #backpacking #backpacker #glt #girlslovetravel #travelfriends #love #traveller #backpackerlife
  • Forward! Back paddle! Lean left, lean right, jump left, jump right! Get down! HOLD ON!! ••• Whitewater rafting in River Valley was amazing! 😁🛶🌊 . . . . . #whitewaterrafting #rafting #adventure #activities #river #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #badass #rapids #adrenaline #fun #friends #friends👍 #kiwiexperience #newzealand #lovelife #backpackerlife #pushyourself #nocomfortzones
  • Went white water rafting yesterday in river valley! It was awesome even if my face says otherwise 🤣 #whitewaterrafting #grade5rapids #somuchfun #somuchfuntogether #teamwork #webossedit #didntfallin #rivervalleyrafting #newzealand #travelling #adventure #challengingmyself #onlyliveonce #rivervalleylodge #captainkirk
  • River valley rafting nutters and my awesome team of beauts including Captain Kirk! #teamshot #girlpower #kickedbutt #noneofusfellin #hungoverasfuck #winning #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge
  • White Water Rafting on the Rangitikei River🌊🛶 #kiwiexperience #rivervalleylodge #newzealand
  • Captain Derek Zoolander commanding our yacht casually down the Rangitikei #rivervalleylodge #bush #pies #chewbacca
  • When you're such a pro you can run the rapids backwards... @eddiepomare22 🌊 #rivervalleyrafting #rivervalleylodge #whitewaterrafting #rafting #nzmustdo #rangitikeiriver #thisismanawatu #kiwiexperience
  • A day of adventure on the Rangitikei River in these beautiful surroundings #whitewaterrafting #rivervalleylodge #rangitikeiriver #waterfalls #goodbye #kiwieexperience #travelling #newzealand @helen_jg @goodguy8652 @1sambrown
  • Facial expressions says it all #whitewaterrafting #rivervalleylodge #grade5 #newzealand #travel
  • #day55 12km of white water rafting on the Rangitikei River - one of the top grade 5 rafting trips in the world on New Zealand’s deadliest river - although the only thing I broke was a nail!! I absolutely LOVED the trip, it exceeded all expectations and made me love River Valley Lodge even more than I had before - definitely the best stop of the trip so far! When we arrived in Auckland this afternoon we were very tired, but wanted to do something, so headed to the Embassy Theatre to watch Bohemian Rhapsody which had been on my list for a while and was even better than I thought it would be!! #rivervalleylodge #whitewaterrafting #rangitikeiriver #backpackingadventures #kiwiexperience #newzealandfinds #adventurephotography
  • A rare sight on the grade 5 section of the river today - our managing director, Brian Megaw, with a boat full of customers. Few people have the privilege these days to raft with Brian, as he has traded in his paddle for garden tools. When he's not busy feeding animals, collecting eggs, or gardening, he can usually be found in the office, writing blogs for our website or doing other important 'office stuff'. But here he is, in his own words 'fizzing' to be back on the stick... #rivervalleyrafting #rivervalleylodge #whitewaterrafting #rangitikeiriver #rafting #kiwiexperience #thisismanawatu
  • What a place! River Valley was truely one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in New Zealand! And I had my Nobel steed “Fat Boi” to show me around 😉 #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #horse #horseriding
  • River Valley Lodge ⛰💦🌺 🇳🇿#rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #northisland #northislandnz #newzealand #kiwiexperience #travel #middleofnowhere #rollinghills #scenery
  • It was sad to say goodbye to @rivervalleylodge today. I had an incredible four days of horse trekking through the mountains and loved every second spent with my buddy Rio. This was yesterday's view from the top. Not bad, NZ, not bad at all..
  • Nov 9th & 10th - RIVER VALLEY, NZ FOURTEEN YEARS LATER!! Some things (people) have not changed a bit, but other things have changed drastically. All still so beautiful and as magic as it was the day I arrived. 20-ish year reunion is happening here in April 2024!! Mark it in your calendars, River Valley peeps! 😁 #rivervalleylodge #reunited #goodtimes @thedevilwe4rsme @brons1 @daisymay_sunshine @janey.megaw @jjgilbert @darylbayly @geegeenana @mmmbush @madtu @fuhrgadastettleri
  • The white water rafting at river valley was amazing! 🌊 . . . #newzealand #NZ #visitnewzealand #travelnewzealand #backpacking #backpacker #rivervalley #rivervalleywhitewaterrafting #whitewaterrafting #NZwhitewaterrafting #rafting #rivervalleylodge #kiwiexperience #kiwiexperience2018
  • The boys put the new @kiwiexperience trainee driver guides (and Q) through their paces on our Grade 5 white water trip yesterday 🌊 #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #whitewaterrafting #rafting #newzealand #nzmustdo #purenz #thisismanawatu #kiwiexperience
  • Thinking of joining us on a multi-day river trip this summer? Did you know we have a guaranteed departures page on our website where you can see a list of all our guaranteed trips. If you're a solo traveller or a couple then this is a great way to share an adventure with other people! At the moment these trips are guaranteed to run and we still have spaces available: 27/11 Epic Rangitikei 27/12 Mokai Canyon 02/01 Fantail Canyon We are also looking for more people to join trips on the following dates: 30/11 Epic Rangitikei 03/12 Epic Rangitikei 20/01 Mokai Canyon For more details, or to book, visit the multi-day page on our website: www.rivervalley.co.nz/activities-adventures-tours/by-raft/search-multi-day-river-trips/ #rivervalleylodge #rafting #familyrafting #multidayrafting #wildernessrafting #newzealand #whitewaterrafting #riverrafting #purenz #thisismanawatu
  • #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #northisland #newzealand , In the middle of nowhere no WiFi no restaurants just a little lodge surrounded by loads of cute sheep, cows and horses🐄🐑🐎. Roast dinners and plenty of hot drinks ☕️ the cosiest little place to stay 🤗we had about 8 pillows so I decided to have them all around me head to toe it felt amazing 👌🏼we had a Netflix night after a long day of travelling and being on the go everyday, much needed 🙌🏼
  • 그 느낌 산장 안의 방 들어가자마자 깨졌다지. 군대야? 한 방에 16배드 실환가? 하지만 저녁 JMT!!🧡 덴마크 친구들에게 데니쉬(덴마크 언어)도 배우고 맥주를 마시며 카드게임을 했다. 시간가는 줄 몰랐는데, 어느새 11시가 넘었었다. #맥주는 #울 #건배는 #스콜 #newzealand #rivervalleylodge
  • I warned him that it was dangerous to let me go on a trek 😂😫 I need to get back into riding so bad ~~~~~ #myhappyplace #calm #relaxing #serene #horse #horseriding #dakotathehorse #lovethesmell #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleystables @rivervalleylodge 🐎❤
  • Happy 'Green Halloween'! This year we aimed to uphold our commitment to the environment and cut down on waste - especially cutting out single use plastics. Reduce, re-use, recycle! ♻ 🎃 💀 Thanks to Amanda's @kiwiexperience crew for supporting us and getting involved #rivervalleylodge #kiwiexperience #halloween #greenhalloween #reducereuserecycle
  • River Valley at sunrise #newzealand #newzealandfinds #newzealandvacations #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge
  • Here it is, the River valley river crossing and mountain. So here you can take the pallet on a pully across the river and climb the mountain, how cool is that!? Or you can go half way across and just sit there, or jump in, do what you like, your on vacation! Also some pretty good whitewater rafting upstream abit, apparently where they filmed a scene from Lord's of the rings too... Either that or a good sales pitch #river #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #nz #kiwibus #crossing #summer #adventure #hiking #thatscool
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  • Bottoms Up 🌊 #rivervalleyrafting #rivervalleylodge #whitewaterrafting #nzmustdo #rangitikeiriver #nz #purenz #rafting #travelnz #kiwiexperience
  • Beautiful views on our full day High Country Enchantment horse ride ☀ 📷 @hellygolightly #rivervalleystables #rivervalleylodge #taihape #thisismanawatu #purenz #nzmustdo #horsetrekking #naturalhorsemanship
  • See Thru rapid 🌊 On our awesome half day white water rafting trip 📷 @maxwell_sage #nzmustdo #thisismanawatu #rivervalleyrafting #rivervalleylodge #nz #nznorthisland #whitewaterrafting
  • Spring in the valley. 😍 Check out our website to win an overnight stay in this Kiwi Experience unique stay. 📷 @rivervalleylodge #itsyourtime #embracetheunexpected #kiwiexperience #rivervalleylodge #rangitikeiriver #thisismanawatu #nznorthisland #taihape #spring #newzealand #nz
  • A few days ago we went White Water Rafting in what’s said to be New Zealand’s roughest River. The Rangitikei River has drops up to grade 5 and to say I was nervous is definitely an understatement. • For the first 20 minutes flowing down stream, our guide went over all the commands we needed to know whilst the water was calmer. We soon picked up what we needed to do and after a scenic journey through more of the valley we found ourselves at the rapids. • It was great fun! There would be so much going on in a short period of time, as you fly down the rapids and the small waterfalls, laughing as you came out the other side with adrenaline. • We really took ourselves out of our comfort zones doing the rafting, but we are so glad we did it! Have you ever been White Water Rafting? What did you think?
  • If rafting gets too hot, hop out and take a swim! On our grade 5 white water trip there are plenty of great swimming spots along the way, if you're up for it you can even try swimming down some smaller rapids 🌊🌊 #rivervalleylodge #rivervalleyrafting #nzmustdo #rangitikeiriver #rangitikei #thisismanawatu #northislandnz #whitewaterrafting #kiwiexperience
  • #whitewaterrafting #rivervalleylodge #rivervalley #grate1to5rapids #rapids #waterrapids #river #whatanawesomeday #whathangover 😂
  • Funniest night on our trip! Best place to stay massive recommendation!! #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #greatnight #cardsagainsthumanity #kiwiexperience #teamkiwi
  • { S H E W A N T S T O R U N F O R E V E R } Lunching riverside on @rivervalleylodge’s Awesome Scenic Rafting Adventure. Dreamy. #rivervalleylodge #rangitikeiriver #thisismynewzealand #dreamtime #rivers #thursdaysthatfeellikesundays
  • Last week Brian attended the annual @kiwiexperience Green Fest awards. We were stoked to win the award for Accommodation of the Year! But what made this award more special for us was that it was entirely based on customer feedback. We just want to say a BIG THANKS to everyone who voted for us, from all of us at River Valley 👍 #rivervalleylodge #kiwiexperience #accommodationoftheyear
  • River Valley - North Island 🇳🇿 Um pedacinho do céu na terra. E eu já nem gosto desse climinha roceiro neh! 💕 . . One of my favourite places in North Island! #rivervalley #rivervalleylodge #newzealand #newzealandvacations #northisland #northislandnz #purenewzealand #nzmustdo #novazelandia #kiwiexperience #roadtrip #southisland #southislandnz
  • The stables is officially open! The sun is out and so is our first trip of the season. Who wants to join us for a trek this summer? 🐴 #rivervalleystables #rivervalleylodge #thisismanawatu #nzmustdo #naturalhorsemanship #horsetrekking
  • Grade 5 white water rafting - River Valley, NZ. 👌 - - - - #newzealand #rivervalleylodge #rivervalley #whitewaterrafting #travelling #kiwiexperience
  • Morning & cherry blossom in the mist. #rivervalleylodge #flower #cherryblossom #mist #selectivefocus #samsung7 #mobile_nature #naturephotography #naturelovers #nature #effect #brianscantleburyphotos #brianstopshots #featureshotz #taihape #newzealandphotos #newzealandpics #newzealandimages #newzealandfinds #springtime
  • 1st night on Tauranga to Tauranga via South island. Made to River Valley Lodge in backblocks out of Taihape. Blog will begin soon. . . .#taihape #rivervalleylodge #rangitikeiriver #travelimage #newzealandphotos #newzealandvacations #newzealandpics #newzealandfinds #newzealandtravel #newzealand #nz #brianstopshots #brianscantleburyphotos #SonyAlphaAesthetic #sonya7rii #sonyalphagang #sonyworldclub #landscape_capture #landscape #landscapephotography #landscapelover #ruralnewzealand #destinationnz
  • Isn’t this the coolest, most idyllic beer garden you’ve ever seen? Have a beer at River Valley Lodge and chill by the stunning Rangitikei River 😮🤗🍺 . . . . . . . . #rivervalleylodge #cherryblossom #river #rangitikeiriver #passionpassport #epic_captures #magic_marvels #awakethesoul #bestbeergarden #beergarden #earthfocus #earth_shotz #roamtheplanet #theglobewanderer #bbctravel #natgeotravel #travelphoto #travelholic #awesome_shots #awesome_earth #newzealand #instagood #photooftheday #sceneryphotography #photolove #wandertheworld
  • Some mamma sheep and their little lambs 🐑

 THE RIVER IS BECKONING