If you are traveling South, turn left at the River Valley signpost, 18km after Waiouru. Look out for a sharp left turn and from there follow the road and signs all the way to the lodge.
If you are traveling North, use the Gretna Hotel in Taihape as your starting point. Turn right and follow the road past the Gretna and Liquorland and over the bridge until you reach a junction with a road on the right. Turn right and follow the road, the drive is signposted from the junction all the way to the lodge.
The 32km drive will last around 35 minutes after taking you through some of New Zealand’s finest and most picturesque hill country. Please follow the regular signs to River Valley (we don’t recommend following Google Maps, Apple Maps or any other GPS).
After turning off State Highway 1, you will cross two bridges coming from Waiouru, and three bridges coming from Taihape.
The last 1.5 km’s are gravel and take you to the Lodge at the end of Mangahoata Road.
We also offer a shuttle service from Taihape. Please contact us to book if you require a pickup.
Cost: $39 per person return trip
Check out the Google map of the area. Follow around to New Zealand and look for the flags!
You can switch from either map view – best for driving, or satellite – best for getting an idea of the topography of the area. The hybrid view is a bit interesting as it shows roads that were never more than surveyed, and do not in fact exist. Don’t use this view as a driving reference!!!!
Here is some importion you may find helpful:
Phone: +64 6 388 1444
Toll Free: 0800 248 666 (NZ only)
Fax: +64 6388 1859
Road RD2, Taihape
New Zealand, 4792