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. With its rustic charm, River Valley can provide you with the perfect exclusive venue for your special occasion.

We are a small, family run business and this allows us to offer you a more personal service. We want to help you make your wedding a memorable experience, and understand that every wedding is different. We can offer youexclusive use of the venue for the full day, allowing you to customise things to your needs. And if you have any special requests, no matter how big or small, we can work with you to tailor make the wedding you’ve always wanted.

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Our Wedding Package



Planning a wedding can be a stressful time, and we know budgets can be tight, so we wanted our package to be great value and include everything you’ll need to get started.

The Package Includes:

  • Your wedding ceremony and reception at River Valley
  • Exclusive venue hire from 9am the day of your wedding, until 9am the next
  • 2 nights accommodation for the bride and groom in one of our Riverside Deluxe ensuite rooms.
  • A 3 course dinner for the bride and groom.
  • Cooked breakfast for the bride and groom both days they are staying.
  • An adventure activity for the bride and groom. Choose from our grade 5 white water rafting, scenic rafting or a Harmony With Horses ride (please note some of these activities have seasonal restrictions).
  • Complimentary use of our spa and sauna facilities.


  • Guest accommodation
  • Food and drinks (we are a licensed premises so you cannot BYO)
  • Extra adventure activities
  • Hire of horses or rafts for the ceremony


We aim for you to have River Valley exclusively to yourselves from 9am on the day of your wedding, to 9am the morning after. Unlike other venues you will have exclusive use of the lodge, grounds, and all the facilities for the day.


Before booking we recommend you read our full Weddings Portfolio, or call in for a visit. When you have a date in mind please contact us and our experienced team can take care of the rest for you.

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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