RIVER VALLEY GUIDE
One of New Zealand's best kept secrets, River Valley has been sharing unforgettable adventures and stories with Kiwi Experience passengers for over 20 years.
River Valley is New Zealand’s original adventure lodge. The family owned lodge is nestled within the green hills of Taihape on the edge of the wild Rangitikei River. Packed with epic scenery and adrenaline pumping activities, the remote destination is popular with travelers eager to get off the tourist trail.
The team at River Valley highly value getting out on both the river and land, exploring by raft or horseback. The Lodge has been awarded the TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for 5 years in a row (2014 – 2018), making them eligible for the ‘Trip advisor Hall of Fame’.
They are becoming increasingly sustainable at River Valley and looking after their own backyard. Protecting the river and wildlife, and minimizing waste are the key initiatives the team has introduced in River Valley, making a positive contribution to the local environment.
RIVER VALLEY ACCOMMODATION
Kiwi Experience spends a night at the River Valley Adventure Lodge. This unique location is situated right next to the Rangitikei River and the team are passionate about sustainability, and caring for our natural environment.
We stay in the bunk house with native forest and a waterfall cascading down into the Rangitikei River on the doorstep. The room’s sleep 6 and are all supplied with linen and duvets. Camping is also available all year round (BYO tent) for those wanting to enjoy the sound of the river and early morning bird chorus.
Enjoy a delicious, freshly made home cooked roast dinner from the team at River Valley. The food is sourced from the onsite garden and farm, so you know it’s gotta be good for you!
RIVER VALLEY ACTIVITIES
River Valley Rafting
Strap on a life jacket, slap on a helmet and spend a few hours descending the rapids of the Rangitikei River. This particular section of the river is where 10 major rapids, from grade 3 to 5 line up one after another. You will start your adventure with dramatic scenery working your way into the gorge for some steep technical rapids. There are a number of steep waterfall-esque drops, chutes and wild rapids (a good chance you'll end up in the water!).
River Valley Stables
Experience the freedom of riding using Natural Horsemanship techniques on a half-day horse adventure. The team at River Valley Stables train their horses in a unique way, focusing on the partnership between horse and rider and you will start your experience by building a trusting relationship with the horse (don’t worry, no experience is necessary). The horses are ridden freestyle (without Bits in their mouth) as you have the chance to explore the epic backcountry of the Rangitikei Hill Area.
River Valley Spa
If you are seeking a slower pace, then pamper yourself at the River Valley Spa. It is the perfect place to relax (and perhaps nurse a few sore muscles) after a day on the rapids. The spa's facilities include both a wood-fired Finnish sauna, infra-red sauna and hot tub.
Enjoy some beautiful short walks around the Lodge through the native New Zealand forest at your own pace. Ask your Driver Guide for some tips and they will point you in the right direction.