Weddings At River Valley Lodge
Tucked away at the base of the Ruahine Ranges and Mt. Aorangi, on the banks of the Rangitikei River, River Valley Lodge is the perfect escape from the stress of every day life. With its rustic charm, River Valley can provide you with the perfect exclusive venue for your special occasion.
We are a small, family run business and this allows us to offer you a more personal service. We want to help you make your wedding a memorable experience, and understand that every wedding is different. We can offer youexclusive use of the venue for the full day, allowing you to customise things to your needs. And if you have any special requests, no matter how big or small, we can work with you to tailor make the wedding you’ve always wanted.
Is River Valley The Right Venue For You?
River valley is not your ‘main stream’ (pun intended) wedding venue.
Does the idea of planning a traditional wedding give you stage fright? Especially when you could be planning something fun like your next adventure together? Well, why not combine the two! If you love the outdoors and adventures, and want to incorporate this into your wedding, then River Valley could be the perfect venue for you.
Small Wedding, Big Celebration
Do you want a small, intimate wedding? We can seat up to a maximum of 90 people in the lodge, perfect for an exclusive, intimate, and cosy wedding. A small wedding can still be a big celebration but less stressful and less expensive! Being a small venue means we can guarantee you exclusive use of the whole venue and all our facilities, from 9am the day of your wedding, until 9am the next morning.
The range of accommodation styles available at River Valley, means that you can mix and match to suit your needs. We can sleep up to 82 guests. Our accommodation ranges from dorm rooms right through to deluxe ensuite rooms. Camping is also an option.
A Range of Country Style Meals
Our food and beverage staff will be delighted to work with you on the catering for your wedding. We major in country style cooking, and believe in ‘real’ food that is sustainable and locally sourced. Most of our produce comes from our on site vegetable gardens, and we use fresh eggs from our chickens. We also have a fully licensed bar on site. Our wedding catering consists of up to 3 courses, served buffet style to your table. To view the the full catering menu, click here.
Your Next Adventure
How many of your friends can say they went white water rafting, or horse riding, when they got married? Our wedding package includes a free adventure activity for the bride and groom – a great way to test your relationship! We encourage you to get your friends and family involved too!
The variety of horse riding options that River Valley Stables offers means that everyone from beginners, to seasoned riders, can find a trek that suits.
Our Wedding Package
Planning a wedding can be a stressful time, and we know budgets can be tight, so we wanted our package to be great value and include everything you’ll need to get started.
The Package Includes:
- Your wedding ceremony and reception at River Valley
- Exclusive venue hire from 9am the day of your wedding, until 9am the next morning.
- 2 nights accommodation for the bride and groom in one of our Riverside Deluxe ensuite rooms.
- A 3 course dinner for the bride and groom.
- Cooked breakfast for the bride and groom both days they are staying.
- An adventure activity for the bride and groom. Choose from our grade 5 white water rafting, scenic rafting or a Harmony With Horses ride (please note some of these activities have seasonal restrictions).
- Complimentary use of our spa and sauna facilities.
- Guest accommodation
- Food and drinks (we are a licensed premises so you cannot BYO)
- Extra adventure activities
- Hire of horses or rafts for the ceremony
Our exclusive season starts from mid April, and ends early November. We aim for you to have River Valley exclusively to yourselves from 9am on the day of your wedding, to 9am the morning after. Unlike other venues you will have exclusive use of the lodge, grounds, and all the facilities for the day.
Before booking we recommend you read our full Weddings Portfolio, or call in for a visit. When you have a date in mind please contact us and our experienced team can take care of the rest for you.
“We couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing setting that suited all our needs with the age range from 5 months to 80 years!”
Hi Nicola and JJ
We had such a wonderful weekend at River Valley – everyone is still buzzing, especially Mum and Dad. We couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing setting that suited all our needs with the age range from 5 months to 80 years! And the weather was pretty kind too.
Thanks for keeping the secret, although Nicola nearly let it out before the great grandparents and grandma had met Mia!
on behalf of the “Barkwiths”
Had an absolute blast! Last month my husband and I visited New Zealand for our honeymoon and rafting at River Valley was one of my favorite parts of our trip. Hats off to Daniel, he was an amazing guide! My only regret is that we didn’t stay longer for the horse-back riding. Thank you again, you guys are awesome!