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“White Water Rafting”

River Valley Adventures
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River Valley Rafting - Grade 5 White Water...
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Taihape
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Owner description: 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.
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.

Date of experience: March 2018
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 was the best activity I’ve done in NZ so far. You get a real NZ experience here!

Date of experience: March 2018
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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 the floor heating in the bathroom! The rafting was very fun and my best friend and me felt safe the whole time. Thanks a lot to Justin, who was very friendly and an awesome guide. He explained everything very clearly and was interested in getting to know us. He also had a great sense of humour and every time my best friend and me jumped in the river he always checked it was safe to do so. Derek, the guide in the other boat was cheeky in a good way and made me laugh a lot."
Not a lot to add on- we all had a great time, two of our friends even booked the Grade 5 rafting tour the next day and loved it.
River Valley Lodge is such a lovely and peaceful place to stay- a great spot to relax from work.
The stuff was very friendly and helpful, the food was delicious and we will come back for sure!
Thanks for this wonderful experience- greetings from Wellington!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank StephanieW4238
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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.

Date of experience: March 2018
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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 are swimming a rapid that you fully appreciate the downside literally of what white water can be about.

All the best

Brian

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

We booked a trip, drove down the tortuous 30km track, only to be told the trip wasn't running due to high water levels. No attempt had been made to contact us to cancel despite our phone number being on the booking form and our having emailed that morning with a question. Clearly we did not blame them for weather, we would not even have blamed them for a human error, we did blame them for their pathetic excuses, lack of apology and the fact that they didn't so much as offer us a drink by way of apology.

When we pointed out we had wasted the whole day we were sarcastically told we were only an hour away! By helicopter maybe! There are many other rafting centres, I suggest you choose one that cares about their customers.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank shelovestoeat
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rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2018

Kia ora

First I would like to apologize for your River Valley experience.

I have taken your review very seriously and have talked to reception staff that believe they were on that day. The person concerned is fairly sure it was her and gave me a slightly different version of events.

She had tried unsuccessfully to contact you by phone, but unfortunately did not realise that the email you sent was in fact for you on that particular day. She did apologise and arranged a full refund. She allowed you to yell her at her and call her incompetent, and then demand more money than a full refund. Company policy did not allow her to do this.

I unreservedly stand with my staff who work incredibly hard to give people a great time. They do not deserve to be yelled at or verbally abused.

Brian Megaw

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