Explore, Relax And Unwind

discover big skies, dramatic landscapes, clear waters and warm Country-Style hospitality. Welcome to our home.
Tucked away at the base of the Ruahine Ranges and Mt. Aorangi, on the banks of the Rangitikei River, River valley lodge is the perfect escape from the stress of every day life. We have a range of accommodation options from backpacker style bunk rooms, to campsites through to deluxe Riverside Suites perfect for a romantic weekend away.

Whether you’re looking for a scenic weekend retreat, an adventure holiday or simply a beautiful place to put your head for a night we would love to invite you to come and stay with us, but be warned: once you experience the valley, some people never leave.

A River Valley Lodge stay, need not be just about rafting or riding horses. The Lodge is also a great place to relax. There are several short walks, a great swimming hole in the river, two saunas and a spa, and plenty of places to just relax with a book and enjoy the peace and quiet. Below are some suggested things to do during your stay.

The Spa

Treat yourself to a relaxing session in our sauna or hot tub. We have two saunas for you to choose from, either a traditional wood-fired sauna or the infa-red sauna. Take a soak under the stars in our riverside hot tub, and finish off with a refreshing rainfall shower. Use of the spa is complimentary for any guests staying in our deluxe ensuite rooms.

The River

It wouldn’t be a visit to River Valley without taking a dip in the river! There is a small beach with a great natural swimming hole right outside the lodge. The Rangitikei is one of the cleanest rivers in New Zealand, and there is nothing better to do in Summer than to go for a swim. You can also use the trolley to get to the other side of the river which is a great jump spot.

Short Walks

Take a walk up the road for a beautiful sunrise and stunning views out over the rolling hills.  Or go for a stroll with the kids and say hello to our cows, chickens, sheep and horses.


Challenge your friends to a game of volleyball on our volleyball court in the lodge gardens.

Giant Chess

Down by the river you’ll find a giant chess set. Take in the beautiful view of the river while you enjoy your game.


Play a game of petanque on our petanque court – fun for the whole family!

Volleyball Court
Giant Chess

Have any questions?

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