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River Valley Adventures

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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...more
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266 Mangahoata Road, Taihape 4792, New Zealand
+64 6-388 1444
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 1 March 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

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Our first visit to River Valley left us wishing we had booked a longer stay. However our second trip 3 years on left us wishing we hadn`t booked for 3 days. The place had a decidedly tired look and the food had taken a large...More

2  Thank Hywel L
rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2014

Hi there Thank for your review. I am sorry that your experience second time round was not as good as the first time. In answer to the points you raised. Over the summer we upgraded all the rooms you speak of, so this was identified...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked this trip on a whim and it has been the highlight of our roadtrip so far. Derek and Daniel were awesome guides and made the river seem easy under their guidance. I would totally recommend booking this trip if you're thinking about it. Also...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Currently visiting New Zealand on the kiwi experience bus tour and stayed at river valley lodge for a night - the setting is beautiful and the vibe of the place is super chill and cozy. The highlight by far was the rafting trip! I’ve been...More

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Scenic821158, Digital Media Manager at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora Ellen, Thanks for your lovely review. We will pass on your feedback to Tom. Regards Dani

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place filled with friendly and fun people! Tom made my first rafting experience a true delight!

Thank irishpotato34
Scenic821158, Digital Media Manager at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thanks for your review, glad you had a good time. We will pass on your feedback to Tom. Kind regards, Dani

Reviewed 9 October 2018

Highlight of our 11 year old family visitor during the school holidays was having an afternoon riding Billy. Not only did our niece thoroughly enjoy her afternoon riding, but she learn't a lot too....how to stop her horse, how to get on and off etc...More

Thank Heather4919
Reviewed 14 August 2018

We have been rafting before with River Valley and they were just as good this time. The accommodation is beautiful, especially the hot tub under the stars. Fantastic hearty food is served in the dining room by the open fire and the breakfast certainly prepares...More

Thank bexnorm
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Our party of four had an awesome time on the river with Tom, Daniel and Max. They put us at ease (some were rather anxious), and made sure we had a hell of a time. We enjoyed a few beverages afterwards and a beautiful meal....More

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Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

My partner and I had a fantastic time at river valley. We arrived Saturday and had a beautiful and relaxed horse trek in the morning on very pleasant and responsive horses. We spend the night at the lodge with delicious food and great not to...More

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Kia ora Katrine. Thanks for your review. We always appreciate kind comments. Regards Brian

Reviewed 8 June 2018

My three children (adults) and I did the half day grade 5 river trip to start the celebration of my 70th birthday. From start to finish it was excellent with highly professional guides and staff. They were courteous, friendly and engaging with a good sense...More

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2018

Kia ora Thanks for taking the trip with us and your kind comments. All the best. Brian

Reviewed 26 May 2018

River Valley lodge has it all! A family-run establishment, the accommodations are gorgeous (walls of windows in our mini-cabin, sleek and modern bathroom), the food is outrageously delicious (they have their own farm! We ate their chicken, veggies, etc, from right down the lane!) and...More

Thank Danielle C
rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2018

Kia ora Danielle Thanks so much for your review. It is always wonderful to host guests who fully appreciate the River Valley experience. All the best. Brian

Reviewed 10 May 2018

Spent 1 night there and it brought back some memories! It was out of the way, on an off-the beaten track. The fireplace, eating altogether which I find so nice. Helps you bound with your group instead of the constant phone typing. I did some...More

Thank ilicochoco
rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2018

Kia ora Thank you for visiting us. I hope the rest of your journey goes well. Brian

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5 September 2017|
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Response from nztilak | Reviewed this property |
This River valley adventure place few different options. I'm sure they will offer more than one option to you. It's a must go beautiful place and lovely and very experienced people.
27 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