Corporate Escapes

Retreats & Adventures at River Valley Lodge

Corporate Escapes, Central North island, NZ 2020-09-20T03:08:01+00:00

Corporate Escapes

Dare to be Different with an Outdoor Adventure

Hands up how many people have been to the standard Business Retreat? No doubt it was filled with Powerpoint Presentations, long days in the boardroom, and maybe a game of golf for light relief.

Hey, if that is what turns your work life on, who are we to offer you alternatives?

However, if you are one of those business leaders who think that there has to be other ways to get results, then maybe we can help you.

What if the Great Outdoors was the classroom?

Have you ever thought what it would be like to take your team away for a few days. Away where the great outdoors was the classroom?
Summer river fun in Inflatable Kayaks
Where evenings were spent talking around campfires.

Where the days are spent under the open sky, on journeys of discovery.

River Valley Corporate Escapes are not about some sort of “Survivor” program however.

Roughing it is not part of the Program!

You don’t want to be cold, so we provide great gear.

You don’t want to rough it, so on camping trips we provide extra thick sleeping mats and good dry tents.

You don’t want to feel hard done by on the food front either, so food is a focus with great meals.

Well all those features are great, but what is the rationale behind it all?

The Rationale and Benefits of Corporate Adventures

Working with a group of people in the outdoors can enhance communication, teamwork, cooperation and productivity. People are outside their normal environment and are often more honest in their dealings with each other, and themselves.

If you feel that a natural style corporate trip is not enough, we can help by organising professional facilitators to focus your team on specific issues. This focus could be on issues such as management development, productivity, or staff morale.

Taking part in an outdoor adventure, especially one such as our multi day river journeys, can be a great alternative to the more standard executive retreats and can be a great incentive.

Not only that, but these types of programs or retreats also provide an experience that is fun, memorable, and quite different from the normal type of meeting environment.

Company Getaways

Where an overnight river journey is not in your frame of reference, then a River Valley Lodge based program or retreat may be.

1 and 2 Day Adventure Programs can be arranged, based from River Valley Lodge. On many of the activities we can provide a photographer to record your experience together.

Corporate Getaways are about fun, and the team work that can develop from doing adventurous things together.

Great for Business Social Groups.

Customised Adventures

We understand that your company may have very specific requirements, such as number of days, level of physical effort required and so on.

Let us know what you are looking for and let us design a customised adventure or Lodge stay that perfectly meets your requirements.

Multi Activity Adventures

Multi Activity Adventures are a sort of half way house between the wilderness experience of a multi-day river trip, and a single activity or staff day out at River Valley.

The program is based from the Lodge, with everybody returning there each evening. Activities include a mixture of rafting and horse back riding, with the possibility of a heli rafting trip into the gorge section of the Rangitikei Headwaters at the conclusion.

This type of multi activity program is especially suitable where use also needs to be made of the conference and meeting room facilities at the Lodge.

The activity options and number of days can be varied to meet the specific needs of your business

To search for what River Valley Adventures may be suitable for your business, click here to view our rafting trips, or click here for horse treks.

Testimonials 'n Reviews

“The staff of River Valley provided us with a discreet yet proactive service.”

Hi Brian

On behalf of Cheal Consultants Ltd, I would heartily recommend River Valley Lodge as a corporate retreat. The stunning riverside setting not only offers tranquility and the opportunity to focus on your strategic planning session, but provides superb facilities whether you want a conference room or the opportunity to sit around the lounge for a more casual discussion.

With a range of excellent accommodation options and food to die for, the staff of River Valley provided us with a discreet yet proactive service you don’t often see these days. Hats off and thumbs up for a great experience. We’ll certainly come back again.


Rebecca Hawke
Practice Manager

Dear Brian

I am writing to communicate my total satisfaction that we have for your operation at River Valley.

We have used your facilities for six management courses this year. We have found your operation superb for our needs. The setting itself is spectacular, but it is the culture of your team that has impressed most of all.

You have created an informal family environment, but within that we see a desire to set the highest standards. Staff are friendly, their participation at certain times in our programme has enriched the experience for our team.

The facilities are simple, but functional and effective. Certainly the facilities add to the atmosphere in a positive way. Your environment has made a real and significant contribution to our programme. Brian, our courses have been successful, and part of that success is due to the environment you have created at River Valley.

I would be delighted to recommend your venue to anyone contemplating a course similar to ours. The contribution of staff, facilities and environment were simply perfect for our needs.”

Henry Ford
General Manager
Branch Network
National Bank, Wellington

“The setting itself is spectacular, but it is the culture of your team that has impressed most of all.”

“What specific features at River Valley contributed to the success of your business retreat?

River Valley location – absolutely stunning, and well off the main road”

Lack of cell phone coverage was a real bonus. I have participated in activities in the past where people found it difficult to switch off. Here there was no excuse. The team relaxed and got on with the job of having fun, participating in activities and working through our issues

The River Valley team – they were great. They inspired confidence in the rafting but also made sure it didn’t seem routine. Great humour, professionalism and fun people to share a drink with afterwards in the bar

Accommodation and facilities – again these were above expectation. Great, warm rooms and an informal, communal bar and dining area where everyone had a beer (or 3) and compared stories. Also, a great meeting room with a breathtaking view of the river. Perfect for our retreat.

Paul Gamble
Program & PV&V Manager
Waratah NZ Limited

To read more about Waratah NZ’s Team Building stay at River Valley, please click here

Hi Jennifer

Our team certainly enjoyed their visit to River Valley and some are already making plans for a return visit to experience more fun and hospitality with partners and family.

River Valley truly have a unique setting that allowed all of us to switch off from the factory and enjoy having some fun and participate in the activities from horse trekking to the lodge as well as having some work thrown in as well!

The team at River Valley should be proud of the experience they have to offer and whether you are a backpacker or a corporate it does not make any difference the humour, hospitality and the professionalism of the staff – all of which make for an awesome experience and great retreat.

Look forward to seeing you all again.


Mark Jeune | Factory Financial Controller | Nestlé Purina PetCare
Cnr Edward & King streets | Marton 4710 New Zealand

“Horse Trekking as a Team Activity”