Saddle & Paddle Family Adventure

A Family Fun Rafting and Horse Riding Adventure

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Saddle & Paddle Family Adventure

Duration: 2 Days and 2 Nights

Cost: $695 per adult

Children (12 and Under): $395

(Prices are based on 2 people sharing a room)

Minimum Age 8 Years

Season: 1st October to 30th April

In our experience, many of our customers would like to try a variety of the adventures that we offer. In particular, a rafting trip and a horse trek, and combine them with comfy accommodation, and all meals taken care of.

A Fun Two Day Family Activity and Adventure Holiday

This type of short holiday package is ideal for a weekend, or just a couple of fun filled days if you are travelling and suits families with younger children (ages 8-12).  For those with older children we suggest our River Wild, Mountain High package.

An Adventure Break away to recharge the soul, lift the spirits, have some fun, breath some fresh air, and have a chance to laugh and smile, and with no mobile phone service the kids are not in front of a screen or their xbox half the day

So what is involved with a Saddle and Paddle Family Adventure?

We have mixed in some adventure, with a combination of good home grown organic food, and comfy warm accommodation in a family-friendly package.


  • Arrive any time after 3 pm on the first day, with accommodation in one of our deluxe guest rooms. Enjoy a rustic 2-course dinner, paired perhaps with one of our New Zealand beers or wines.
  • On the second day, get up late, have breakfast in the main lodge – we don’t want to get too carried away with the adventure stuff just yet!
  • That afternoon learn about natural horsemanship with a horsemanship experience in our horse arena and a trek back to the Stables.  Then enjoy dinner in the lodge again this night.
  • On the third day, have breakfast at the lodge before a relaxing float down the Scenic section of the Rangitikei River with river side picnic lunch, on our ‘Awesome Scenic Rafting Adventure‘.

You will be back at the lodge around approximately 4pm after the rafting trip.  Then, you can either head home refreshed and recharged, or stay an extra night (not included) and truly soak up the special ambiance of River Valley.

Depending on weather conditions, activities may be swapped around.

What we Provide:

  • All river gear
  • All riding equipment
  • Deluxe guest room accommodation (share twin)
  • Complimentary use of the spa facilities
  • 2 x 2 course dinner with complimentary drink each night (house wine, beer or soft drink)
  • 2 x cooked or continental breakfast
  • 1 x Rafters/Trekkers lunch
  • 1 x picnic lunch
  • Full Day Awesome Scenic Rafting Adventure
  • Natural horsemanship arena session

What you need to Bring:

  • Long pants
  • Warm top for cooler days
  • Sunscreen
  • A camera suitable to be taken riding
  • Swimming costume.

Once you arrive at River Valley Lodge you don’t have to worry about a thing, just enjoy the adventure and beautiful surroundings.

Testimonials & Reviews

“The horse trek was beautiful. The scenery was beautiful. Weather was great. It’s just very relaxing. It’s very nice. The white water rafting as fantastic, I was a little nervous about it because we’ve never done that before…If someone was interested in coming to New Zealand, I would definitely recommend River Valley. That would be one of the first things I would say – You got to stop by River Valley.”

Rick Cason


“The total sense of isolation and wilderness that began within 10 minutes of  launching the rafts and lasted until we saw some fishermen an hour before reaching the take-out site. This was exactly what we had been looking for when researching a rafting experience for our family.  Although we were only away for two days we felt we had been on a big adventure, and at times it felt like we were exploring uncharted territory”

Peter Ennis


“River valley is probably the best attraction we ever visited. Everything was extremely well-planned. The staff was extremely helpful a lot of fun in a lovely laid back manner. Everybody seemed intent on us as a family having the best possible time. And we had so much fun!  The rafting was awesome, even though our son wasn´t old enough for grade 5 rafting– and we did a scenic tour.  The horseback riding was so incredibly lovely, the way the horses were managed and the scenery.  The food was really good and our family room really cosy and warm.”

Kamilla Nielsen



Contact one of our friendly adventure consultants who would love to answer any questions you might have.

0800 248666 / +64 6 388 1444