River Valley Lodge in Taihape New Zealand
River Valley Lodge Rangitikei Taihape New Zealand Adventure Budget Rafting Horse Riding Lodgings Accommodations
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Hosts: Brian and Nicola

Accommodations: A blend of traditional ski lodge or tramping hut bunkrooms, comfortable double rooms, and tasteful guest rooms with private bathrooms.

Address: RD2, Taihape, New Zealand

Telephone: +64 6 388-1444

Fax: +64 6 388-1859

Activities/Attractions: While River Valley Lodge is certainly a nice place to chill out, to really get the most out of your stay you need to take part in some of the great adventure activities that River Valley offers. River Valley is a specialist in a range of hard and soft adventures ranging from the excitement of Grade 5 white water rafting, to gentle float trips, from hill country horse trekking, to the River Valley pitch 'n' putt golf course. All our activities are professionally operated, with skilled and knowledgeable staff and superior equipment.

At River Valley we are committed to delivering a quality experience. This commitment is evidenced by our rafting adventures being a Qualmark endorsed visitor activity, and River Valley winning the 2004 Westpac Small Tourism Business Operator Award at the New Zealand Tourism Awards.


"I just wanted to drop a quick note to you thanking you again for such a great trip on the Rangitikei. You have a wonderful set up and a great river. I have been working commercially on the rivers in the states for almost 20 years now and can spot a good outfitter and guide when I see one. Your company is one of the best I have had the pleasure to experience. You run an outstanding and very professional outfit. I have to admit it was pretty intense and great fun."

"I stayed with you last weekend with the Kiwi Experience family. Your hospitality and friendliness was absolutely fantastic and I very much enjoyed my stay. The rafting was the best I've had in New Zealand ... dinner, lunch and breakfast were delicious and compliment the Lodge perfectly ... Once again, absolutely fantastic, I just loved it and I hope to see you again sometime soon. Thank you."

"River Valley is a great example to the rest of the New Zealand industry of the high standards we will achieve in order to further refine and develop our product offering, and encourage more interactive travellers to choose New Zealand as a holiday destination."

"Totally breathtaking, really beautiful place, wish I was staying longer."


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General Information: Welcome to River Valley Lodge and indulge your adventurous spirit at a New Zealand adventure lodge situated away from it all next to the breathtaking Rangitikei River. River Valley is a special place that brings together like minded people from different backgrounds, to share adventures, and enjoy beautiful surroundings ... a place where the adventure activities are a core part of the operation, and are integral to the very culture of who we are.

River Valley is situated in the Rangitikei District of the North Island of New Zealand. It is near the central North Island town of Taihape. The area is known for it's fertile farmland and beautiful scenery. River Valley Lodge is the ideal place to break a journey from the Rotorua/Taupo area, to Wellington, being about half way between.

  • River Valley is pioneering the Adventure Lodge concept in New Zealand
  • Sitting in the market between a backpackers and a luxury lodge
  • What makes an adventure lodge special is location, culture, and the adventures on offer
  • First opened in 1987 as accommodation for white water rafters, River Valley Lodge has been consistently upgraded over the years
  • Accommodation options now, are a blend of traditional ski lodge or tramping hut bunkrooms, comfortable double rooms, and tasteful guest rooms with private bathrooms
  • New this season is our Spa complex offering traditional wood stove plus Far Infra-red sauna, riverside hot tub, a variety of massage treatments, plus yoga classes
  • River Valley has accommodation options from budget, to luxury riverside guest rooms with private bathrooms
  • Activities range from Grade 5 white water rafting, scenic rafting, horse trekking, and guided hikes
  • The main Lodge building has a cafe/restaurant for all your meal needs, a bar and lounge areas
  • A well equipped visitor kitchen is available for self catering
  • River Valley Lodge is a great place to meet people from all over the world or simply relax in the gardens, or beside the river

Payment Accepted: Visa, MasterCard.

Rates: (Prices quoted in NZ Dollars).

$22-230/night

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"I thought I would email you to say thanks for a great weekend. I was in Frank Simpson's party and we had such a good time. I should have filled in one of your forms requesting how we felt about River Valley etc but I didn't get around to it. I did the horse trekking on the Saturday and despite being very wary of horses, loved it. The two young women who took us were great & really inspired confidence in all of us. I was going to go rafting too but that didn't happen because of the river level. I'll have a go next time. The staff, meals, accommodation, everything, beautiful scenery, were fantastic. Thanks."