Map of River Valley location, Taihape, Rangitikei, Central North Island, New Zealand
River Valley is situated in the Rangitikei District of the North Island of New Zealand. It is near the central North Island town of Taihape.
The area is known for it’s fertile farmland and beautiful scenery.
Drive carefully on our country roads, as you would be surprised both at the number and occasionally the size of the vehicles you will share the way with.
A Great Place to Break the Journey!
River Valley Lodge is the ideal place to break a journey from the Rotorua/Taupo area, to Wellington, being about half way between.
Or, we are around 2 hours journey from Napier/Hawkes bay, Palmerston North or Whanganui.
If you are using a GPS then our co-ordinates are – South 39°37-800 East 176°02-583 – however we do not recommend using GPS as it does not take you on the easiest route.
If you are traveling South, turn left at the River Valley signpost, 18km after Waiouru.
If you are traveling North, use the Gretna Hotel in Taihape as your starting point, with the Gretna Hotel on your left. The 32km drive will last around 35 minutes after taking you through some of New Zealand’s finest and most picturesque hill country. Please follow the regular signs to River Valley.
After turning off State Highway 1, you will cross two bridges coming from Waiouru, and three bridges coming from Taihape.
The last 1.5 km’s are gravel and take you to the Lodge at the end of Mangahoata Road.
We also offer a shuttle service from Taihape.
Cost: $39 per person return trip
Check out the Google map of the area. Follow around to New Zealand and look for the flags!
You can switch from either map view – best for driving, or satellite – best for getting an idea of the topography of the area. The hybrid view is a bit interesting as it shows roads that were never more than surveyed, and do not in fact exist. Don’t use this view as a driving reference!!!!