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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
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Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

We did a half day this morning on the river and had the absolute best time white water rafting with Sam! Had so much fun, felt safe and welcome the whole time and the food was so good too (Miranda's food is to die for)!!...More

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2016

Kia ora Thanks for your review of the time you spent at River Valley, and especially Miranda's food and rafting with Sam. Really appreciate you taking the time. Regards Brian

Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

We went white water rafting with Ants and Thommo on March 19th. We were expecting to be in a big raft with 5-6 others, but were told during our induction that we'd be in smaller rubber duckies (2 people max) that would be 'much harder...More

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2016

Kia ora Tinders Fantastic to read that you enjoyed your trip on the Rangitikei River so much. The 2 person inflatable kayaks we run at very low river levels can be an absolute hoot, and a lot of fun. There is also no doubt that...More

Reviewed 15 March 2016

My boyfriend and I stayed one evening at the River Valley Lodge. The evening we did the Sundowner Horse Trek with Jess and it was perfect (despite him being horribly ill with a fever!) The trek was great, even if my horse was disobedient and...More

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2016

Kia ora Tazza It was a real pleasure to read your review. It can be very special a horse ride on a summer evening, plus white water rafting is always fun. Hope to see you back one day. All the best Brian Megaw

Reviewed 26 December 2015

We did the half day rafting trip and it was the best we have done so far. Great rapids, great guides, beautiful scenery and so much fun!!!! We also camped at the lodge with our camper van and had dinner with a Kiwi Experience group....More

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2016

Kia ora Julia Thanks for your 5 star review of your River Valley rafting experience, on the Rangitikei River, and of course your meal. To use your words, "Great" review. Thanks Brian

Reviewed 14 December 2015

I came to New Zealand with the intention of doing some whitewater rafting (despite having zero previous experience), and I'm glad i chose to do it on the Rangitikei river with River Valley Lodge. The trip begins with a 20-30 min drive to the starting...More

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2016

Kia ora 10/10 - wow thanks for that! Being able to raft a fun, thrilling and not least, beautiful river such as the Rangitikei is a privilege. River Valley guides take this seriously and do work hard to provide a safe, but fun experience on...More

Reviewed 19 November 2015

Pros: Great guides, best river I've rafted, value for money, great for groups. Cons: None - but just don't go expecting an easy ride. The half day whitewater rafting on the Rangitikei River was up there with best activities/trips that I have ever done! The...More

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2015

Kia ora Nate Thanks for the tremendous review. Those small boats at low flows in summer can certainly be a blast. All the best Brian

Reviewed 6 November 2015

Amazing rafting!! It was my 3rd rafting in my life and the best one.The team was perfect:fun and professionnal.The river is beautiful, and to scary for very good sensation!!!!!!!!!

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2015

Kia ora Lily Thanks for your review, and really appreciate that you rated your trip right up there amongst the other rafting trips you have done. All the best Brian

Reviewed 23 October 2015

Epic. The lodge itself is secluded and nestled in a valley alongside the river. All staff were helpful, friendly and fun. Fantastic food (the roast and lasagne were amazing). It was our first time white water rafting and we would 100% go back here and...More

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2015

Kia Dan Thanks for your review. Daniel can certainly be a fun guide, though not always, as you allude to, politically correct. Great to read that you had a fun time. Kind regards Brian

Reviewed 17 October 2015

I read that this is one of the best if not the best whitewater rafting in NZ. I don't have any comparison, but I had one of the best activities so far for the month I've been in NZ. Tom was very skilled I would...More

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2015

Kia ora Suryadi Thanks for your review. You are quite right. Tom is an exceptional guide and would have made the challenges involved in the trip appear easier than what they really are. Love hearing that rafting with River Valley was one of the highlights...More

Reviewed 23 September 2015

My girlfriend and i were here with Kiwi Experience tours. She did the horse back riding and i did the riiver rafting. The adventure activites and the guides were terrific, but the facilities themselves are poor and we left feeling the owner/opperators are penny pinching...More

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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2015

Kia ora Dave I am sorry your stay at River Valley left you feeling underwhelmed. It is certainly not the experience of most people who stay with us. We do take exception to being called money grubbing cheapos, as all of us here work hard...More

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footlooseplus1
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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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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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