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View of River Valley Lodge featuring Rangitikei River
Family Room, also available at River Valley Lodge
Riverside Deluxe Room, also available at River Valley Lodge
River Valley at night
River Valley Lodge
The Rangitikei River
Garden Deluxe Room, also available at River Valley Lodge
Sauna - Also available at River Valley Lodge
Grade 5 White Water Rafting
Grade 5 White Water Rafting
Scenic Rafting
Scenic Rafting
Lodge Restaurant
Scenic rafting experience
Grade 5 White Water Rafting
Harmony with horses

Deluxe Garden Room

River Valley Lodge - Pukeokahu, Manawatu-Whanganui
RAFTING | HORSE TREK | FAMILY FRIENDLY
 
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Sleeps up to 3
From $179 tonight

River Valley is New Zealand's original adventure Lodge! We highly value getting out on both the river and land, exploring, experiencing, normally by raft or horseback, offering grade 5 white water rafting scenic rafting and multi-day river trips. River Valley Stables also offers natural horsemanship training and horse treks for all abilities. WINTER FRIENDLY: All our rooms have electric heaters in the bedrooms and underfloor heating in the bathrooms to keep you cosy.


Highlights

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

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

River Valley Lodge is the ideal central location: about half way between Wellington and the Rotorua/Taupo area. We are also around 2 hours journey from Napier/Hawkes bay, Palmerston North and Whanganui.

We have a range of accommodation options, from backpacker style bunk rooms, to campsites through to deluxe Riverside Suites perfect for a romantic weekend away.

Please note: We are in an area that does not have cellphone coverage, ensuring a strong dose of peace and quiet.

Activities on or nearby this property

Access to: Lakes | Rivers | Streams | Beaches
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Horse Riding | Horse Trekking
Rafting | Kayaking | Canoeing
Swimming

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$189.00 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


$189.00 Per Person

Your adventure starts with a horsemanship session, building a trusting relationship between you and your horse. It does not matter if you are new to horses or they have been a part of your life forever.

Then, ride out into the beautiful countryside so you can explore the epic back country of NZ and enjoy the outstanding vistas looking out to the Ruahine Ranges and beyond. You will be riding over the hills, taking in the spectacular scenery, and if you are up for it, cantering through the fields.

We have rides for all abilities.

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: 3 hours


$189.00 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)


$30.00 Per Person

At River Valley Lodge we major in traditional country style cooking.
This means mostly roast meals, but occasionally casseroles at night, with a mix of fresh seasonal vegetables.

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

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


Room Info

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


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 cell phone coverage, but our deluxe rooms come with complimentary wi-fi access.

Each deluxe room comes with tea and coffee making facilities.

All our rooms have electric heaters in the bedrooms and underfloor heating in the bathrooms to keep you cosy.

Guests in our deluxe rooms have complimentary access to the spa and sauna.


Reviews

We had such a wonderful weekend at River Valley, everyone is still buzzing, especially Mum and Dad. We could not have asked for a more relaxing setting that suited all our needs with the age range from 5 months to 80 years!

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

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


Amenities

Family Friendly
Not Suitable for Children
Property Manager on site
Single Safe

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Eating and Drinking

We have a shared guest kitchen for all guests to use. In the room there are tea and coffee making facilities. 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).

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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.



Essential Room Information

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

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 cell phone coverage, but our deluxe rooms come with complimentary wi-fi access.

Each deluxe room comes with tea and coffee making facilities.

All our rooms have electric heaters in the bedrooms and underfloor heating in the bathrooms to keep you cosy.

Guests in our deluxe rooms have complimentary access to the spa and sauna.



Also Available at River Valley Lodge

Riverside Deluxe Room

From $185 tonight
Sleeps up to 2 people

Family Deluxe / Group Room

From $215 tonight
Sleeps up to 6 people

Camping - NO POWER

From $20 tonight
Sleeps up to 1 people

RV / Motorhomes - NO POWER

From $20 tonight
Sleeps up to 1 people