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River Valley Adventures

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Address: RD 2 | River Valley, Taihape 4792, New Zealand
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+64 6-388 1444
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River Valley is an adventure company that operates from River Valley Lodge,...

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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Rafting and Riding

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brian M
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

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Thank nztilak
Waikato Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

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Thank Irideon
Newton, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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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 as well. The whole staff was very friendly and welcoming, the rooms and food good,... More 

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Balgowlah, Australia
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 15 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 and I. Wish we could have hung around longer

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Thank colinw3999
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Reviewed 11 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!

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Thank Marco v
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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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 during the lower grade Rapids at the start. Really good fun experience, and the accommodation... More 

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Tokoroa, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 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 and everyone was blown away by how awesome the trip was and how safely the... More 

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this review

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 More 

Columbia
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Reviewed 2 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 scenery beautiful.

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this review

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 More 

Germantown, Tennessee
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

My wife and I spent almost 4 weeks in New Zealand and this was the best day of the trip! We did the half day White water rafting trip in the morning followed by a quick lunch and an afternoon of riding horses. Our guides were excellent, the horses well cared for and the setting was simply amazing. This was... More 

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this review

Kia ora Michael Thanks for the review. Going back to a place is sometimes disappointing, but in your case your second River Valley experience seems to have also been a highlight. I hope the rest of your travels were as good. Regards Brian More 

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