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What makes River Valley unique?

Our Story

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.

Unique Riverside Accommodation

River Valley is based in a beautiful and remote setting, beside the Rangitikei River, on the North Island of New Zealand. We have a range of accommodation for you to rest after your day’s adventure.

A Place to Gather

With accommodation , adventure activities, restaurant and bar, all in one stunning location, River Valley is a great place to gather with friends, family or colleagues. Whether you’re looking for a venue for your wedding, family reunion, birthday, a retreat, workshop, conference or corporate function, River Valley can accommodate.

Adventures on the river

Discover the magic and beauty of the Rangitikei, Ngaruroro and Whanganui Rivers, on one of our river trips. We have adventures to suit everyone, including scenic family floats, multi-day rafting trips and wooden dory trips.

Adventures on horseback

Experience the freedom of riding bitless and barefoot horses using natural horsemanship techniques to build connection.  River Valley Stables specializes in “Rides for Riders” – from half-day horse treks to multi-day horse-riding holidays.

Welcome To River Valley – New Zealand’s Original Adventure Lodge

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    What people say

    3 Day Mokai Canyon Rafting Adventure

    3 Day Mokai Canyon Rafting Adventure

    ” The chill spray and rush of the water is instantly energising; and your attention is quickly focused on the river’s flow – wild and white, mildly ruffled, slickly swirling, or calmly clear. When it is quiet, you take in your surroundings: towering cliffs, canyons and hill sides, shoals of fish darting past the rafts, wild ducks and ducklings at the river’s edge, birds of prey wheeling in the vast… Read More


    Sep 15, 2020

    Grade 5 Rafting, Rangitikei River, New Zealand

    Grade 5 White Water Rafting

    “My biggest obstacle in doing a Grade 5 rafting trip with River Valley was a previous negative kayaking experience. As it turned out, if I had had the cash and time I would have done a second trip the next morning!

    Having now done the trip, I find that I have developed a craving… Read More

    Neil Duxbury

    United Kingdom
    Oct 4, 2020

    Horse Trekking in New Zealand with River Valley Stables

    Horse Trekking in New Zealand with River Valley Stables

    “I decided to try River Valley Stables because I really wanted to go somewhere that was going to let me ride how I ride. You know, not go and plod around some field with 10 other people.

    And that is what I actually found with this experience… Read More

    To watch an interview with four beginner Scandanavian Girls on a Two Hour Trek, click here
    How does a new rider rate a Dromgool Horsemanship Clinic? click here

    Alex Hoskins-Smith

    Auckland, NZ
    Oct 4, 2020

    Multi Activity or Multi Sport Experiences at River Valley

    Multi Activity or Multi Sport Experiences at River Valley

    The horse trek was beautiful. The scenery was beautiful. Weather was great. It’s just very relaxing. It’s very nice. The white water rafting, I was a little nervous about it because we’ve never done that before…………………

    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 got to stop by River Valley.Read More

    ** To watch Rick and Jade’s interview, please click here
    ** To watch Paula and Tracy’s interview, please click here
    ** To watch Katja and Juliane’s interview, …

    Neil Duxbury

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