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“Favorite Part of our NZ Adventure!”

River Valley Adventures
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Taihape
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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 the rafting itself was the most intense, hilarious, relaxing, invigorating experience, all at once! This is the one place in New Zealand that I would recommend to anyone making the trip. The owners of the lodge, the guides for the rafting, everyone there is an expert and is incredibly kind. 5 stars!

Thank Danielle C
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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

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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 horse riding the next day and it's been so good to get back on track with a proper lesson. I learnt a lot in such a short time. Thank you guys!

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 and lots of fun - big thank you to Nathan, Eddie, Justin and Kurt.

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 adventure with their partners, children and friends.

All the best

Brian

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

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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