Discover the magic and beauty of the Rangitikei and Ngaruroro Rivers on our world class River Rafting tours.
Here at River Valley, exploring rivers is a passion. Since 1982 that passion has found expression taking people down rivers in rafts. That passion has now been passed through three generations, with two of those generations still actively guiding.
We raft regularly on two New Zealand rivers, the Rangitikei – our home river – and the Ngaruroro, just over the range in Hawkes Bay. Between these two rivers we can offer you a variety of trips, from the intensity of a half day on the Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei, to gentle float trips for families also on the Rangitikei, to mutli day wilderness trips on both the headwaters of the Rangitikei and Ngaruroro Rivers.
To book your next adventure, check out our range of products below, or if you’re still uncertain check out our Guide to River Rafting in New Zealand.
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 – To read Kelly’s full experience, click here
“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 – To read Neil’s full experience, click here
“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 – To read Paula’s full experience, click here
THE RIVER IS BECKONING
Lodge to Sea - Rangitikei River - 160 kms in Three Days
Rangitikei Headwaters Symphony
Rangitikei Rush - Bungy or Swing plus Grade 5 Rafting
72 Rivers, Numerous Countries - Meet John McKee
River Rescue Refresher on the Rangitikei River, NZ
A Pictorial Look at River Valley Rafting History
Rafting - A Fun Way to Team Build
Mountains to Vineyard - Rafting Journeys on the Ngaruroro River
Overnight Family Rafting Trips
Rafting Magic, Rangitikei River, New Zealand
Lodge to Sea - Rangitikei River - 160 kms in Three DaysThis is Part 1 of a series of short videos that chronicle the solo trip Brian Megaw took in April 2012 rowing a cataraft down the Rangitikei River in New Zealand, from River Valley Lodge to the Tasman Sea. The reason for the trip was for time out, but also to get a feel for what the health of the river was really like. . All of this footage in this video covers scenery that can be experienced on one of River Valley's multi day rafting trips.
Rangitikei Headwaters SymphonyThe Rangitikei is New Zealand's fifth longest river. On it's 240 kilometer journey to the Tasman Sea it flows through a variety of geological strata, and riverside vegetation. It is a river in a hurry. Only when it gets near to the sea does it really slow down and braid out. This video is a compilation made from head cam footage taken on a three day private trip in November 2011 on the Headwaters section of this river. Most of the rest of the crew were in catarafts, while I rowed a gear raft. No matter how many times I visit the Headwaters of the Rangitikei, I am still in awe at the beauty of the scenery, and how pristine the environment is. River Valley offer four day rafting trips on this beautiful section of the Rangitikei River.
Rangitikei Rush - Bungy or Swing plus Grade 5 RaftingWhat do you get when you combine a Grade 5 Wet and Wild Rafting Trip with some of the highest, longest, fastest Bungy or Swing or Giant Flying Fox Rides? You Get the Rush! Small towns slide by as you drive State Highway 1, through the central North Island of New Zealand. There is little that really says to you - Get off the Main Road - Go Explore! The Rangitikei District, situated south of the mighty volcanoes of Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe, is one of those places where the Main Road is best left behind. An area that is easily driven through, but what surprises there are in store off that Main Highway. What Is The Rush to Find? For the adrenaline seeker, this area has Two of the Must Dos of New Zealand. Two Total Rushes! The Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei River, which runs the length of this district, is often regarded as one of the top half day, Grade 5 White Water Rafting trips in the world. Grade 5 is the most exciting white water commercially rafted. This same river canyon, downstream from the Grade 5 rafting section, is home to the highest bridge bungy jump in New Zealand. Added to the highest bridge bungy jump, is the Original, the longest, steepest, fastest Giant Flying Fox in the Southern Hemisphere, and the Giant Swing at 80m is often described as the scariest Giant Swing in New Zealand.. Do Both of These in One Day and What Do You Get?
72 Rivers, Numerous Countries - Meet John McKeeJohn McKee goes rafting in a different country every two years. In the last 25 years he has rafted 72 rivers.
River Rescue Refresher on the Rangitikei River, NZAt periodic intervals, River Valley raft guides take to the river with no customers and go through a few essential rescue drills. These are often as much about making sure individual guides can meet the physical challenges of the job as anything else.
A Pictorial Look at River Valley Rafting HistoryThe pictures in this video slideshow of rafting history at River Valley have been gleaned from boxes in the back of cupboards, off old CDs and other odd places. Many of the pictures were from old prints that have been scanned. Rafting at River Valley officially started in 1982. A few of these pictures go right back to those years. As we unearth more pictures we will scan those and feature more of the guides who over the years have provided the unique River Valley experience.
Rafting - A Fun Way to Team BuildWaratah NZ visited and stayed at River Valley Lodge. While they did spend a good deal of time in the Conference Room, they still found the energy to get out on the Grade 5 white water rafting section of the Rangitikei River. Ants and Janey guided, Brian and Spence took photos and ran safety. Great being out on the water with everybody!
Mountains to Vineyard - Rafting Journeys on the Ngaruroro RiverOvernight rafting trips on the Ngaruroro River, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand - a beautiful overnight wilderness river rafting trip, complemented with good food, good wine, and great guides. Trips depart October to December only on this seldom visited river.
Overnight Family Rafting TripsA great way to beat outdoors deficit disorder in your children is to take the family on an overnight rafting trip. The beautiful canyons of the Rangitikei River on the central North Island of New Zealand are the ideal place to go exploring. You can journey through magnificent river canyons, take side hikes to spectacular waterfalls and spend time relaxing around the fire at a campsite.
Rafting Magic, Rangitikei River, New ZealandBrian, while on the river a great deal, seldom guides customer rafts these days. 24th May was an exception, river was about 20 cumecs, great crew, a bit out of control at times, but lots of fun had by all. Brian says, thanks to his team of Paul, Gerard, Mathew, Rachel, Sam and Greg for a fun day out. Winter rafting rocks.