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Photo of property: The lodge is located right next to the Rangitikei River
The lodge is located right next to the Rangitikei River
Photo of property: Amazing views of NZ hill country
Amazing views of NZ hill country
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Garden Deluxe Room
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Hire an E-bike to explore our beautiful surroundings
Photo of property: The drive in to River Valley Lodge is very scenic
The drive in to River Valley Lodge is very scenic
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Photo of property: River Valley Lodge
River Valley Lodge
Photo of property: The lodge has a wood-fired and an infa-red sauna
The lodge has a wood-fired and an infa-red sauna
Photo of property: The spa area has a hot tub and 2 saunas
The spa area has a hot tub and 2 saunas
Photo of property: Grade 5 White Water Rafting
Grade 5 White Water Rafting
Photo of property: View featuring Rangitikei River
View featuring Rangitikei River
Photo of property: Scenic rafting experience
Scenic rafting experience
Photo of property: Grade 5 White Water Rafting
Grade 5 White Water Rafting
Photo of property: Scenic Rafting
Scenic Rafting
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Lodge Restaurant
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Harmony with horses

rangitikei river rooms - garden suite

Pukeokahu, Manawatu-Whanganui
LODGE | RAFTING | HORSE TREK | FAMILY FRIENDLY

 
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Sleeps up to 3
From $190 tonight
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Sleeps up to 3
From $190 tonight

Tucked away at the base of the Ruahine Ranges and Mt. Aorangi, on the banks of the Rangitikei River, this lodge is the perfect escape from the stress of every day life and engage with nature.

It is the ideal central location: about half way between Wellington and the Rotorua/Taupo area. W...

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Essential Stay Info

Lodge
Private Room
Breakfast Available
Dinner Available
Lunch Available
Access to lakes, rivers, streams & beaches
Children Welcome
Digital Detox
Family Friendly
Rural Views
RV/Motorhome Camping
Shared Living Area
Solitude
Sustainable Stays
Unique Accommodation


Check in time: From 3pm
Check out time: 10am


Eating and Drinking
The lodge has an on-site cafe and restaurant, serving tasty and nutritious home cooked food (a lot of which is made using fresh produce from our gardens). We have a shared guest kitchen for all guests to use. In the room there are tea and coffee making facilities.

Bedding Configuration
1 x King size bed OR 2 x Single beds An additional single bed can be added on request.


More info about the property
Enjoy a high standard of comfort after your day of adventure!
Each room features it’s own unique decor with unique tiling reflecting the local environment.

The lodge is out of c...

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Unique kiwi experiences for you


Enjoy a home cooked farm to table meal from our restaurant
Try one of our adventure activities - white water rafting, horse trekking or cycling
Enjoy a swim in the beautiful Rangitikei River, right outside the lodge



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What we love about this property

Restore, Rejuvenate, Re-Create, Regenerate! Embrace solitude, or seek an adventure - River Valley is the perfect place to escape from life and enjoy being blissfully disconnected from the modern world...

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Activities on or nearby this property


Cycle Tracks
Farm Animals to Meet
Horse Riding and Trekking
Mountain Biking
Outdoor Bath | Hot Tub
Rafting | Kayaking | Canoeing
Relaxation
Swimming



Amenities


2WD caravan accessible
Caravan accessible
Clothes Dryer
Drinking Water
Fridge (or cooling facility) available
Heating (electric, gas or fireplace)
Hot Water Available
Jug/Kettle
Linen Provided
No Mobile Service
North Island
Picnic Table
Property Manager on site
Rubbish bin
RV/Motorhome accessible
Shower
Toilet
Towels Provided
Unsealed Roads
Washing Machine
Wheelchair Access
Wifi Available



Drive Times

Auckland: 5.5 Hours
Tauranga: 4 Hours
Taupo: 2 Hours
Wellington: 4 Hours



Extras you might like to add


These will be available to select during the booking progress

Addon - Grade 5 White Water Rafting

$230.00 Per Person

Our grade 5, white water rafting trip is often recognised as one of the best half day trips in the world!

With 10 major rapids on this 11 km run, plus numerous smaller rapids, there is plenty to get excited about.

This half day trip starts at the lodge, we drive approximately half an hour to the put in point and then raft back down (approximately 2-3 hours on the water) to the lodge.

We are one of the few companies in New Zealand to run our white water trip all year round.

Activity Length: 3 hours


Addon - High Country Enchantment - Full Day Horse Trek

$350.00 Per Person

A full day ride exploring the enchantment of the unique countryside this part of the world has to offer. You need to be comfortable in the saddle at all gaits over all-terrain to really enjoy this.

River Valley Stables operates at some of the highest elevations of any trekking operation in New Zealand; consequently, weather conditions can change quickly. This can alter our choice of trails used on any given day. If the weather is looking okay, then the ride will be to the top of Pukeokahu (1000 metres above sea level), what we call a hill, but many would call a mountain. Many of the trails are steep; however, the views from the top are incredible – you will just have to take our word for it and check them out yourself! The top of Pukeokahu is an excellent place for your lunch stop on a lovely summers day.

Experience the freedom of riding using Natural Horsemanship techniques. At River Valley Stables we train our horses using natural horsemanship techniques and choose to ride our horses bit-less and barefoot (no metal in their mouths, or on their hooves).

Activity Length: Full day 10AM-3PM

River Valley Stables offers rides for riders. Therefore some previous riding experience is needed - you must be confident and in control on a moving horse at all paces outside an arena for this ride.


Addon - Full Day Scenic Rafting

$230.00 Per Person

With over 30 Grade 2 (easy) rapids, amazing scenery and a riverside lunch, the 13 km section of the Rangitikei River downstream from the Lodge is perfect for all ages.

On the way down, immense cliffs cradle the river canyon. It is in one of these sections that we stop and have a picnic lunch. From there it is a relaxing float out to the take out, followed by a scenic drive back to River Valley Lodge. For those wanting more excitement, we can take inflatable kayaks as well as rafts.

The trip includes lunch, transport and all equipment.

Activity Length: Full day (approx)



$65.00 Per Person

At River Valley Lodge we major in Farm-To-Table style cooking. We don't publish a menu, as we do not have one! Our menu changes each day and our chef creates fresh and delicious dishes with whatever produce is freshly harvested from the gardens that day.

Our meat is locally sourced and free range, organic or grass-fed.

Our on site organic vegetable gardens, River Valley Acres, supply many of our vegetables, ensuring freshness and taste.

All our meals are augmented with relishes and chutneys again produced from ingredients sourced from our gardens.

We do require pre-booking for dinner, and can cater for vegetarian or other dietary requirements if told in advance.

The dinner price includes a 3 course Farm to Table dinner - starter, main and dessert



$100.00 Per Person (bike)

River Valley Lodge sits within a beautiful part of New Zealand. While many guests prefer to explore the, often dramatic scenery, by raft or horse, there is also another way, and that is by E-bike. The backcountry roads in the local area, combined with the ease of travel offered by an E-bike, makes exploring fun and doable. Who Can Ride? We have a range of bike sizes, from S to XL. Our policy is that if you can comfortably fit and control the bike, you can ride it. Where To Ride The roads around River Valley are backcountry gravel roads and would be Graded 2 – 3. You will be sharing the road with other traffic, though you will most likely encounter very few other vehicles. When you hire an E-bike through us we will provide you with access to a .pdf file with marked rides, such as “High Point” and the “Tour de Moawhango”, or you can do your own thing. We encourage you to ride to the conditions and your ability.





Reviews

If someone was interested in coming to New Zealand, I would definitely recommend River Valley. That would be one of the first things I would say. You have got to stop by River Valley

A great trip for taking the children along. You just don't feel that you have to keep your eye on them the whole time



About your host, River Valley

River Valley's Photo


Whether you are looking for a scenic weekend retreat, an adventure holiday or simply a beautiful place to put your head for a night we would love to invite you to come and stay with us, but be warned: once you experience the valley, some people never leave!

Within our extended family we can lay claim to three generations of Rafting and Horse Trekking Guides. Unique amongst adventure operators. Experience, knowledge and insights, that have not been lost with each change of staff, but rather treasured and added to over decades by the family.

The business has always been family owned and run, and started out on the family farm. Being away from the main tourist centres, we have tended to develop systems and ways of doing things that are often unique to us. This approach is quite holistic, whether it be Natural Horse Training at the Stables, growing our own vegetables for the Lodge kitchen, having an extended family relationship within the staff, or doing practical things for the natural environment.

From the very beginning our focus has been on delivering a quality, fun experience to our guests, maintaining good relationships with our local community, and operating with a minimum footprint in our natural environment.



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