The Epic Rangitikei

A 3-Day Adventure Rafting Trip With Everything

The Epic Rangitikei – A 3-Day River Trip With Everything 2020-04-08T00:37:18+00:00

The Epic Rangitikei 3 Day River Trip

Duration: 3 Days

Cost: $2339 2 People Twin Share / $1255 Single

Season: 1st November to 31st March

Conditions:  Minimum age 13 years.  This trip requires a minimum of 3 adult fares to run. If you are a solo, please contact our reception on 0800 248666 or check our list of guaranteed departures, to join an existing trip.

The Rangitikei River Like You Have Never Seen It Before

Wanting to share some of what we think is the best of the Rangitikei River, we have created this trip, the Epic Rangitikei.

This 3 day trip incorporates many of the highlights of our other rafting trips, both day and multi day trips.

These highlights include beautiful scenic sections of river with dramatic scenery, plus pretty (and comfortable) river side campsites.

However, what really sets this trip apart, is that it also includes rafting one of the best commercial sections of whitewater in New Zealand, the Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei River.

How To Book

Click on the booking link to check availability and to book your 3 day river adventure.  Please note, this trip has a minimum age of 13 years.

This trip requires a minimum of 3 adult fares to run. If you are a solo, please contact our reception on 0800 248666 or check our list of guaranteed departures, to join an existing trip.

Brief Trip Itinerary

Night Before Departure:

Arrive at River Valley Lodge in time for a home cooked 3 course dinner (7pm).

Spend the night in a deluxe ensuite room.

Relax and enjoy complimentary use of the spa and sauna.

Day 1:

springvale section, on the epic rangitikei rafting trip

Enjoy breakfast at the lodge, load the gear onto the rafts and get kitted out with your equipment.  Drive to the put on beside the Springvale bridge on the Napier/Taihape road.  You will be on the river mid-morning and run a variety of fun Grade 2 and 3 rapids, stopping for a picnic lunch along the way.  The campsite this night is situated just before the start of the grade 5 gorge section.

Day 2:

the epic rangitikei multi-day rafting trip

Start the day with a classic river trip breakfast.  Mid-morning hop back on the raft and enter the Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei River. Over the next hour and a half raft famous rapids such as Fulcrum and Foamy, before arriving at River Valley Lodge for a hot shower and lunch. Continue your journey, taking in some of the dramatic scenery along the river, as you make your way downstream to the next camp.

Day 3:

mokai canyon multi day river trip

This is a very scenic day, journeying through the lower canyons of the Rangitikei River. These canyons include the spectacular Mokai Gorge. Expect to be at the take out by early to mid-afternoon, transport will meet you and return you to River Valley Lodge (approximately one hour drive).  From the lodge, you can return home or choose to spend another night (not included in the price).

What Is Included?

What we Provide:

  • Wetsuit or fleece lined paddle pants, helmet, lifejacket, neoprene booties, fleece top, paddle jacket, and neoprene socks.
  • Tents, extra thick sleeping pads.
  • One night in a deluxe ensuite room (share twin/double) is provided free before the trip departs.
  • Meals provided – 3 x Cooked Breakfast, 3 x Lunch, 2 x on river Dinner.
  • Dinner on the night before departure, at River Valley Lodge.
  • Transport associated with the activity.

What you need to Bring:

  • Sleeping bags
  • Swimwear and towel
  • A complete gear list will be sent to you on Booking
  • Alternatively, follow this link to download the “What To Bring List”

Testimonials & Reviews

“We have traveled to many places around the world and done some amazing rafting and this one was by far the best! The river is breathtakingly beautiful, the lodge is well-run and we stayed in the private rooms which were extremely comfortable and cozy. Food was absolutely excellent–healthy, fresh and a huge offering. Now for the rafting experience–we did a 3 day trip which included the half day of class 5 rapids. Our guides were excellent at giving us detailed instructions, the gear was top notch, and the experience was such a thrill–but I felt safe the whole way! What FUN!! On top of that, I have food allergies and was concerned about our food for the camping portion of the trip. Janey, and Brian made sure I had plenty of delicious food that I was able to eat without worry, and the menus were wonderful. Well worth the trip!! I loved this place!”

Catherine E.


“Just spent 3 days with River Valley rafting down the Rangitikei.  One of the best weekends I have come across. We are definitely hooked on “Multiday Rafting trips”. Don’t be fooled by the Road sign off State Hwy 1 in the middle of nowhere that says 45min to River Valley Lodge.  As the Proprietor Brian says, It’s actually the middle of EVERYWHERE – the center of North Island.  The lodge was rustic with friendly staff and the dinner of roast beef and veges was superb.  For those of you who love fishing, don’t forget your Trout License – plenty of wild Rainbows in the crystal clear water. Catch and release of course. We had too much food already prepared! All in all, it was a great trip that I can’t recommend highly enough. Thank you River Valley for a great weekend away.”

“I did the “Epic Rangitikei” 3-Day adventure during the first multi-day trip of the year and it was AMAZING. A great mix of thrills (the white water section was insane) and incredible beauty. I was nervous at first because it was a lot of money for a backpacker, and I really just wanted to go through the Mokai Canyon section (because I’m a Lord of the Rings fan and wanted to visit all the locations) but that was only a small piece of the larger awesomeness that I experienced. Well worth the money. The guides were great (shoutout to Kirk) and the staff were exceptional. They really care about making sure you have a great time. The accommodation was comfortable and the food was delicious.”

“River Valley lodge has it all! A family-run establishment, the accommodations are gorgeous (walls of windows in our mini-cabin, sleek and modern bathroom), the food is outrageously delicious (they have their own farm! We ate their chicken, veggies, etc, from right down the lane!) and the rafting itself was the most intense, hilarious, relaxing, invigorating experience, all at once! This is the one place in New Zealand that I would recommend to anyone making the trip. The owners of the lodge, the guides for the rafting, everyone there is an expert and is incredibly kind. 5 stars!”

Danielle C.


the narrows



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