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 Wedding 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, nature 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 3pm the day before your wedding, until 10am the morning after.

Accommodation Options

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 84 guests. Our accommodation ranges from bunk rooms right through to deluxe ensuite rooms.

Farm-To-Table Meals

Our food and beverage staff will be delighted to work with you on the catering for your wedding. We major in Farm-To-Table 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 3 courses, usually served buffet style. All catering and drinks are to be arranged through River Valley unless agreed with management.

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 wedding couple, plus up to 8 friends or family – a great way to test your relationship!

There are very few things more relaxing than a Scenic Rafting trip, and very few things more exciting that a Grade 5 Rafting trip!

River Valley Stables offers horse treks for experienced riders, or if horses aren’t your thing we also have E-bikes available.

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.

We aim for you to have River Valley exclusively to yourselves from 3pm the day before your wedding, to 10am 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.

$12,800 cost

The Package Includes:

  • Your wedding ceremony and reception at River Valley
  • Exclusive venue hire from 3pm the day before your wedding, until 10am the next morning.
  • All of our deluxe accommodation for 2 nights (11 rooms)
  • A 3 course dinner with a complimentary drink, for the wedding couple on both nights.
  • Cooked breakfast for the wedding couple both days they are staying.
  • A gourmet bridal hamper (on request)
  • An adventure activity for the wedding couple, plus up to 8 friends or family. Choose from our grade 5 white water rafting, scenic rafting, e-bike hire, or a Burn the Breeze ride (please note some of these activities have seasonal restrictions).
  • Complimentary use of our spa and sauna facilities.



  • Additional guest accommodation (bunk rooms etc.)
  • Food and drinks (we are a licensed premises so you cannot BYO)
  • Extra adventure activities
  • Hire of horses or rafts for the ceremony
  • Music played down into the valley

Have any questions?

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