Adventure Activities at River Valley

The incredible location of River Valley lodge allows us to offer our guests a host of adventure activities. Take advantage of our unique location by taking in the natural surroundings in an exciting, unique experience that you are sure not to forget any time soon. See New Zealand’s world famous landscapes and greenery from a completely new perspective, with a sprinkle of adrenaline to really put the icing on the cake.

Experience the Rangitikei and Ngaruroro rivers

One of the biggest draws to River Valley is our passion for exploring our local rivers. Our business is built on a rich history that stretches multiple generations of people that have spent their lives navigating through the world-renowned Rangitikei and Ngaruroro rivers, discovering every nook and cranny, and appreciating these magnificent bodies of water right on our doorstep.

Our culmination of experience, which dates all the way back to 1982, means we are able to bring these incredible rafting experiences to you. Our range of packages cater to whatever experience suits you. Whether you’re after some family fun, or consider yourself an adrenaline junkie, we have a range of river rafting activities that are bound to provide the adventure you’re after. It doesn’t matter if you’re after an action-packed half -day on the river or a full 5 day excursion, the team at River Valley will keep you safe, entertained, and itching for more. So if you’re ready to put paddle to water, find out more about our range of river rafting activities, and be part of the 4000+ people that find their way down the Rangitikei every year!

Trot And Gallop To Your Heart’s Content

If staying dry is more your style, you can still experience the wonder the Rangitikei has to offer from horseback. Whatever your riding experience is, River Valley Stables have a horseback package that is sure to be a highlight of your trip. We believe in using natural horsemanship techniques that encourage a bond and communication between horse and rider. This is why all of our horses are ridden bitless and barefoot, with no metal in their mouths or on their hooves. A truly freeing experience for both the rider and their faithful horse.

So if you’re a beginner or experienced rider, after a half-day trek or a 7 day horseback holiday, River Valley can ensure that the experience is a memorable one. We have riding holidays and packages tailored to suit your needs, view all of our horse treks for more information.

Enjoy a River Valley Adventure, Stress Free.

We want you to be able to focus on enjoying the adventure. This is why River Valley provides everything you need (aside from a few personal belongings) so that you are well equipped and comfortable to enjoy the ride, whether that’s on a raft careening through rapids or on horseback with the wind blowing through your hair.

The team are all highly experienced and well trained so that we can assure that you are safe at all times. So get ready to set off on your action-packed experience with River Valley, and book an adventure today.

Types of activities


River Adventures

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Grade 5 White Water Rafting NZ

This is a world class, half-day white water rafting trip on the Rangitikei River. With 10 major rapids on this 11 km run, plus numerous smaller rapids....

The Awesome Scenic Rafting Adventure

With over 30 Grade 2 (easy) rapids, a side hike to a spectacular waterfall (weather dependent) and a riverside lunch, the 13 km section of the Rangitikei....

Inflatable Kayaking – Fun Family Day Trip

A family rafting adventure on the Scenic section downstream from River Valley Lodge sounds just the ticket. A heap of fun...

grade 5 inflatable kayaking / duckies
grade 5 inflatable kayaking / duckies

Inflatable Kayaking – Grade 5 Rapids Half Day

It is summer time. Days are hot, the water is warm, and just the time to go white water rafting. Right? Now is the opportunity to try your...

The Epic Rangitikei

A 3-day adventure rafting trip, featuring the highlights of the Rangitikei river. Experience the thrill of the Grade 5 white water....

Mokai Canyon Three Day River Trip

A 3 day river holiday, suitable for all the family. Tear the children away from the TV and head off for 3-days of riverside...

The Lodge to Lodge

Looking for a multi-day with a touch of luxury? Explore a beautiful section of the Rangitikei river without camping...

Mountains to Vineyard

An Overnight Rafting trip on the Ngaruroro River in Hawkes Bay. Wilderness scenery, riding rapids, sumptuous food...

rangitikei river explorer multi day raft trip
rangitikei river explorer multi day raft trip

Rangitikei River Explorer

Totally immerse yourself in nature – a six-night multi-day rafting and riverside camping holiday on the Rangitikei River....

The Rangitikei Headwaters Expedition

Have you done a few rafting trips and experienced everything that short duration rafting can offer you....

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Harmony with horses

This ride is for all abilities. It’s a good place to start if you’re new to horses. A half day adventure, honing....

Burn the breeze

At last a ride for experienced riders! Now you can get out and have some real horse time fun. This is a half day ride....

High Country Enchantment

A full day ride exploring the enchantment of the unique countryside this part of the world has to offer.

The Sundowner

A beautiful evening ride taking in the dusky light fading over the hills. Enjoy a glass of bubbles and a picnic along....

Full Day Horsemanship Experience

A full day horsemanship experience. Combining a challenge packed horsemanship arena session with the opportunity....

The ‘Good’ Kiwi Ride

Good on you Kiwis for telling us what you wanted! Based on your feedback we have created the perfect adventure on....

Home on the Range – A Horse Riding Holiday

Build your own riding holiday, staying in delightful lodgings and dining on wholesome food. ...

Lodge to Lodge Multi-Day Horse Riding Holiday

A 2-day adventure with a demanding ride by day, followed by a touch of luxury by night. This ride takes you down....

The River Valley Ride

A 7 night, 8 day ride. A fire-cracker of an itinerary with the feeling of freedom and adventure at its very core...

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Stay & Play

This package is available to book all year round. Please note not all activities operate year round, and some have restrictions....

brian rafting on the grade 5 section of the rangitikei river

River Wild, Mountain High

In our experience, many of our customers would like to try a variety of the adventures that we offer....

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Speak to one of our friendly adventure consultants who would love to help you out. / 0800 248666 / +64 6 38 81444

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