Christmas Functions

Looking for a Christmas Function Venue that’s out of the Ordinary? Bring your Team to River Valley for a Unique Escape to a Real Life Adventure.
River Valley is the perfect venue for a Christmas function, office party, or work getaway. With accommodation, activities, bar and a restaurant all in one stunning location there is no need to go anywhere else!

Let us create the perfect Christmas package for you and your team, from a delicious group dinner, to an action packed rafting trip – just get in touch with one of our friendly Adventure Consultants who will be happy to help you out.

If you would like to hire the whole place just for your group we also offer exclusive venue hire – enquire for prices.

Suggested Christmas Packages

The Scrooge

Short on time, but want to enjoy River Valley in the daylight to celebrate the year with your team. Enjoy a 2 course festive lunch in the courtyard and make the most of our garden games, or even a swim in the river. Add on the Sauna and Spa to really relax.  Includes a complimentary drink.


The Grinch

How about an evening of festivities. Arrive mid to late afternoon to enjoy a couple of refreshing drinks and garden games, maybe a dip in the river. Followed by sharing platters, a sit down festive family style dinner and then dessert boards. Enjoy a complimentary drink each with your meal.


The Cracker

Make the most of the sunshine and enjoy a festive 2 course group lunch, followed by a group adventure activity of your choice. Choose from grade 5 rafting, scenic rafting, a half day horse trek (indermediate-advanced riders only) or an e-bike ride. Choose to depart straight after your adventure or stay to celebrate with a few drinks at the bar.

– Grade 5 Rafting or Burn The Breeze Horse Trek
– Scenic Rafting 
– E-Bikes 
Group Dinner

The Rangitikei Sleigher

Treat your team to the ultimate Christmas celebration.  Just like Christmas it will be filled with delicious food – we promise you won’t leave hungry!  A festive 2 course lunch, followed by a group activity of your choice. Choose from grade 5 rafting, scenic rafting, horse trekking or an e-bike ride. When you get back from your afternoon adventure celebrate with a drink and antipasto platters. Later enjoy a slow cooked farm to table dinner, and some mini Christmas dessert boards to finish.

– Grade 5 Rafting or Burn the Breeze Horse Trek 
– Scenic Rafting 
– E-Bikes 

Create Your Own Package

Mix and match from any of the options below. Just get in touch and we can put together a custom quote for your group…

Wood Fired Pizza Lunch & Drinks


Our chefs are experts when it comes to preparing delicious, fresh, Farm-to-Table food.

1-3 course Christmas dinner options are available, with the option to also include drinks. Dinner prices start from $38 per person. Our chef will happily work with you to create a menu for your group. All our meals are served family style, to your table.

For a more casual option (or for your first course) we can make delicious antipasto party platters. These include a selection of local meats and cheeses, with home made bread and dips. Perfect to share with a bottle of bubbles after a rafting trip!

For dessert our chefs can prepare a Summer dessert board for you to share, with lots of mini treats.


Escape the outside world, switch off your cellphone and stay for the night at the lodge.

We have a range of accommodation, from shared bunk rooms to deluxe ensuite rooms.

Relax and enjoy a dip in the river, some drinks with your colleagues, a team game of volleyball, or a soak in the hot tub under the stars.

Christmas Grade 5 Rafting

Grade 5 Rafting

Our most popular adventure activity, great for team building! Work together to navigate through 11KM of rapids, including 10 major rapids in the grade 5 gorge.

You could even have some cold beers or an antipasto platter waiting for you when you get back.

Scenic Rafting

full or half day trip on the beautiful downstream section of the Rangitikei river. Suitable for all ages.

If you opt for the full day trip we provide a picnic lunch for you to enjoy on the river. For a half day trip lunch is served at the lodge before or after the rafting.

And for some extra excitement ask to take our inflatable kayaks!

Horse Trekking

Learn how we ride our horses bit-less and barefoot, using natural horsemanship techniques. Then, enjoy a ride through some spectacular NZ back country. We have half, or full day rides.

Our rides are only suitable for riders with some experience, and we can only take a maximum of 8 riders at a time.


River Valley Lodge sits within a beautiful part of New Zealand. While many guests prefer to explore the, often dramatic scenery, by raft or horse, there is also another way, and that is by E-bike.

We offer freedom hires, so you can explore our local back roads at your leisure.  Or shuttle assisted rides, which are a great option for groups.  We can pack a gourmet picnic lunch for your group to take with you.

E-bikes Giant

Have any questions?

Speak to one of our friendly adventure consultants who would love to help you out. / 0800 248666