River Valley Stables

Experience the freedom of riding using natural horsemanship techniques, encouraging communication and connection between horse and rider. All our horses are ridden bitless and barefoot—no metal in their mouths or on their hooves.

River Valley Stables specializes in “Rides for Riders” – from a half-day trek to a multi-day horse riding holiday, and our packages can be tailored to suit you.

Check out your riding ability below to match yourself with one of our horse trekking options.

Alternatively, email our Adventure Consultants on thelodge@rivervalley.co.nz , who can help match your abilities and desires with the right adventure.

Before booking a ride we recommend you check your riding ability using our guide below:

Beginner – reasonably confident riding a horse at a walk, a rising trot, and learning to canter.

Intermediate – confident and in control on a moving horse at all paces outside an arena, but not riding regularly.

Strong intermediate – an intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly (outside an arena) and is comfortable in the saddle for at least six hours per day.

Advanced – a frequent rider who is very fit, has an independent seat and soft hands, and is confident on a forward-moving horse at all paces over rough and variable ground on open terrain.

We offer a world-class half-day white water rafting trip with 10 major rapids, as well as plenty of smaller ones, over 11km. Often deemed one of the best half day white water trips in the world (recently deemed one of the top rafting trips on the planet by Red Bull) , and certainly one of the best in New Zealand. Or if you’d like something a little more relaxing we offer scenic adventures, suitable for the whole family where you will be able to soak up the stunning scenery. Or, for the ultimate river adventure, we also offer multi-day wilderness trips on both the headwaters of the Rangitikei and Ngaruroro Rivers.

Whether you’re looking for a short action-packed trip or something more relaxing and discovery focused, River Valley Rafting can provide an unforgettable experience.

Not sure which trip is right for you? Or have more questions about rafting? Check out this helpful blog post on white water rafting and the answers to some commonly asked questions.

Check out our full range of rafting adventures available below:

Horse Trekking Options

Taihape, New Zealand – Great location

Harmony With Horses

Suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders
A half-day adventure, refining your horsemanship skills and building connection with your horse before riding out into the picturesque countrysid...

Duration: Half Day (3 Hours)

Season: 1st November to 31st May

Riding Ability: Suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders

Burn the Breeze

Suitable for Intermediate to Advanced riders
A ride for experienced riders who want to pick up the pace out in the hills. This is a half-day ride that moves along, exploring longer trails, w...

Duration: Half Day (3 Hours)

Season: 1st November to 31st May

Riding Ability: Suitable for Intermediate to Advanced riders

High Country Enchantment – A Full Day Horse Trek

Suitable for Intermediate to Advanced riders
A full day ride exploring the enchantment of the unique countryside this part of the world has to offer. You need to be comfortable in the saddle...

Duration: Full Day

Season: 1st November to 30th April

Riding Ability: Suitable for Intermediate to Advanced riders

The Sundowner

Suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders
A beautiful evening ride taking in the dusky late afternoon light. Connecting with your horse before riding out in the hills to enjoy a glass of...

Duration: 3 Hours

Season: 1st January to 30th April

Riding Ability: Suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders

Full Day Horsemanship Experience

Suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders
A full day horsemanship adventure, experiencing communication and connection with your horse. Combining a morning horsemanship session with the ...

Duration: Full Day

Season: 1st November to 31st May

Riding Ability: Suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders

Multi-Day Horse Trekking Holidays

Taihape, New Zealand – Great location

Home on the Range

Suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders
Build your own holiday, staying in delightful lodgings and dining on wholesome food. Discover your natural horsemanship skills and explore the sp...

Duration: 2-4 Days

Season: 1st November to 31st May

Riding Ability: Suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders

Lodge to Lodge Ride

Suitable for Intermediate to Advanced riders
A 2-day adventure with a gutsy ride by day, followed by a touch of luxury by night. This ride takes you down into the spectacular Rangitikei Rive...

Duration: 2 Days / 2 Nights

Season: 1st January to 30th March

Riding Ability: Suitable for Intermediate to Advanced riders

The ‘Good’ Kiwi Ride

Suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders
Good on you Kiwis, for telling us what you wanted! Based on your feedback, we have created the perfect adventure on horseback with you. “The G...

Duration: 3 Nights / 2 1/2 Days of Riding

Season: January to April

Riding Ability: Suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders

The River Valley Escape

Suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders
Designed by Kiwis, for Kiwis, here is your chance to discover the secrets of the North Island while you have your backyard all to yourselves....

Duration: 3 Nights / 2 1/2 Days of Riding

Season: February to March

Riding Ability: Suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders

The River Valley Ride

Suitable for Intermediate to Advanced riders
A 7-night, 8-day ride. A firecracker of an itinerary with the feeling of freedom and adventure at its very core – return to mother nature and l...

Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Season: December to March

Riding Ability: Suitable for Intermediate to Advanced riders

More About The Stables

Taihape, New Zealand – Great location

Meet The Horses

We have a variety of personalities at the Stables. Most are crossbred, including the Kaimanawa (NZ Wild Horse). Meet our trekking team here....

Natural Horsemanship Training

Find out more about our philosophy and why Natural Horsemanship is at the core of everything we do at River Valley Stables....

Have any questions?

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

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