NZ’s Unique
Escape to a Real
Life Adventure
Come and experience a regenerative
and authentic hands on connection with nature. Escape to real life with a sense of adventure.
NZ’s Unique
Escape to a Real
Life Adventure
Come and experience a regenerative
and authentic hands on connection with nature. Escape to real life with a sense of adventure.
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Escape to a Real
Life Adventure
Come and experience a regenerative
and authentic hands on connection with nature. Escape to real life with a sense of adventure.
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Escape to a Real
Life Adventure
Come and experience a regenerative
and authentic hands on connection with nature. Escape to real life with a sense of adventure.
NZ’s Unique
Escape to a Real
Life Adventure
Come and experience a regenerative
and authentic hands on connection with nature. Escape to real life with a sense of adventure.
NZ’s Unique
Escape to a Real
Life Adventure
Come and experience a regenerative
and authentic hands on connection with nature. Escape to real life with a sense of adventure.

Due to Covid-19

we have made some changes to our opening times.

  • We are currently closed on Monday & Tuesday nights for accommodation / Tuesdays & Wednesdays for activities.
  • We are still taking bookings from large groups on these days - please get in touch to book.

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

Witness remarkable landscapes
in the safe hands of a highly
experienced team.

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Grade 5 white
water rafting

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.

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 using Natural Horsemanship techniques. River Valley Stables has something for everyone – from a half day horse trek, to a multi-day horse riding holiday. We have rides for all abilities.

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.

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.

A River Valley trip will be something to talk about for years to come, and make your adventure seeking friends wish they were there.

What people say

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

Grade 5 Rafting, Rangitikei River, New Zealand

3 Day Mokai Canyon Rafting Adventure

“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

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

Richard

Have any questions?

Speak to one of our friendly adventure consultants who would love to help you out.
thelodge@rivervalley.co.nz / 0800 248666 / +64 6 38 8144