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River Valley Adventures

#1 of 9 things to do in Taihape Features Animals
266 Mangahoata Road, Taihape 4792, New Zealand
+64 6-388 1444
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After a lot of umming and ahhing I decided to be brave and have a go at white water rafting! I was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Rafting and Riding

Best guides and people you could ask for. Don't miss this experience in NZ. Caring, safe, and fun... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2017
Brian M
Sydney, Canada
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River Valley is an adventure company that operates from River Valley Lodge, an Adventure Lodge situated 32 kilometers east of the central North Island town of Taihape. What is River Valley all about? River Valley is all about rafts and horses. In fact 3 generations (since 1982)of guides have brought adventures based around river rafting and horse back riding to the general public. Rafting ranges in duration from half day Grade 5 trips on the Rangitikei River - often called one of the world's top half day Grade 5 trips - to gentle floats in the midst of spectacular scenery on our Scenic rafting trips. Horse Trekking. The core of the River Valley Stables riding experience is the natural horse training techniques used to train our horses. This produces horses that are responsive and happy. All riding takes place over the beautiful hill country of this area - the northern Rangitikei.
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
2 weeks ago
21 Apr 2017
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266 Mangahoata Road, Taihape 4792, New Zealand
+64 6-388 1444
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a lot of umming and ahhing I decided to be brave and have a go at white water rafting! I was a bit nervous as I'd never done anything like that before (and I'm not the fittest person) but the staff at the lodge...More

Thank bbrayshaw
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Best guides and people you could ask for. Don't miss this experience in NZ. Caring, safe, and fun. 5 stars are an understatement.

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

The best white water rafting in north island . Good accommodation. Nice food . Friendly and helpful staff.

Thank nztilak
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Amazing food for those off on a river adventure or off horse trekking or just a leisurely meal with a drink

Thank Irideon
Reviewed 28 February 2017

This was a great place- very rural (and quite the drive!) but really different as a result of being so off the beaten path. The rafting and horseback riding were both great, and Derek and Jess were both very kind and accommodating to special needs...More

1  Thank Jaime A
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Couldn't believe the stunning scenery on the way in to the lodge. The river is incredible with breathtaking beauty around each bend. Thrilling ride and our experienced guide Derek made sure everyone was catered for in terms of thrill level. Great memories for my family...More

Thank colinw3999
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

The best rafting I ever did, it was definitely worth it! (The money and te bus drive to the hostel). The accommodation feels very home, especially without the cellphone connection!

Thank Marco v
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Went white water rafting here earlier in Jan 2017. All the staff were kind welcoming and competent. The experience lasted about 3 hours. In our team of four, three we're doing it for the first time. This was not a problem as training was given...More

1  Thank funnyfarmer1991
Reviewed 6 December 2016

Fantastic trip down a stunning and challenging river. The guides make this trip possible and what it is. I have rafted several dozen rivers and have never seen guiding as competent and thorough as is carried out here. We traveled with a group of friends...More

Thank anthony g
rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2016

Kia ora Anthony Thanks for your great review. The Rangitikei is certainly a fun and action filled section of water, with great guides of course! All the best. Brian

Reviewed 1 December 2016

While my wife went on a 1/2 day horse trek with a wonderful guide, I found a comfortable bench near the river and enjoyed reading a book and relaxing in the lovely/picturesque location. The facilities are fantastic, the meals excellent, the staff friendly and the...More

Thank kevinblaes
rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2016

Kia ora Thank you for your review of your time at River Valley. We always appreciate people sharing their experiences of what they found here. All the best. Brian

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Can we arrange transport from the bus stop in Taihape (Kuku Street) to River Valley lodge? We are backpacking and don't have our own transport. Thank you
26 May 2015|
Response from rivervalley1 | Property representative |
If you give the Lodge a ring on 0800 248666 they will be able to sort something out for you. Regards Brian