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River Valley Adventures

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266 Mangahoata Road, Taihape 4792, New Zealand
+64 6-388 1444
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Rafting at River Valley

Our party of four had an awesome time on the river with Tom, Daniel and Max. They put us at ease... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
kiwikatie2017
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
Horse trekking and accomodation

My partner and I had a fantastic time at river valley. We arrived Saturday and had a beautiful and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Katrine J
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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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266 Mangahoata Road, Taihape 4792, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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

Thank Katrine J
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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

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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 3 weeks ago

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

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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
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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

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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
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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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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Great trip with three other families , kids aged between 12 and 7. Two nights on the Rangitikei river- a really good family outdoor adventure- our guides were amazing - very easy going, got on really well with the kids and made the trip lots...More

Thank emmaandspence
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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Kia ora Emma and Spence Thanks for the review. Yes, yours was a fun trip! What an undertaking organising 3 families and all the children to spend 3 days on the river. Hopefully other families will also take the option to experience such a unique...More

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Reviewed 8 April 2018

White water rafting was awesome. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the river and an expert at rafting. I had never been white water rafting before but would do it again. Safety is a high priority at River Valley so never felt uncomfortable. Great experience.

Thank lpeterson50
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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Kia ora Thank you for your review. Always great to know people are having a fun time out on the river, and that they appreciate and understand the focus on safety. All the best Brian

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

If you want to go off the grid for a day or two, enjoy the outdoors and do some adventurous activities, this is a must! Lovely staff, super relaxed and a great way to meet people. Food was really good and the white water rafting...More

Thank NatashaTigwell
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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Kia ora Natasha Thank you for your great review. In a couple of sentences you have summed up what River Valley can be all about. Thank you Brian

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Reviewed 25 March 2018

We, a group of friends and two 10 years old girls, spent two nights at River Valley Lodge and booked the family rafting tour (Grade 2). That is what my daughter thinks about our trip: "The rooms were very cozy and clean and we loved...More

Thank Stephanie W
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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2018

Kia ora Stephanie Thank you so much for the positive review. It is always quite uplifting to know that we have given a group of family and friends such a great experience. All the best Brian

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

The guides were really cool and knowledgeable, the weather was perfect, and it was a lot of fun, but it was slightly overhyped. Still some good river rafting but not as exciting as expected or promised. Would still recommend though.More

Thank AlexTheCanadian
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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018

Kia ora Alex Thanks for your review. Great that you had a fun time on the river. As far as being overhyped is concerned, we always know as guides that rafting appears easy and fun when things are going well. It is only when you...More

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footlooseplus1
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.
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Kathun
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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
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