River Valley Adventure Lodge Taihape, New Zealand
River Valley is a New Zealand adventure lodge situated "away from it all" by the breathtaking Rangitikei River. We specialise in white water rafting, multi-day river trips and horse trekking. Our lodge is equipped with a cosy bar and restaurant

Surrounding Area

River Valley is an adventure lodge situated in a stunningly beautiful location beside the Rangitikei River on the Central North Island of New Zealand. It is one of the original homes of New Zealand white water rafting, with a Grade 5 section finishing outside the front door, and a fun family rafting section starting at the same place.

River Valley Stables, the base for a range of NZ Horse Treks, perfectly compliments the other outdoor adventures on offer.

River Valley also offers multiday trips for both rafting and horse riding, from 1 night to 5 nights. Furthermore, River Valley Lodge is the first place to offer wooden dory trips in all of Australasia. Dory trips run down the Whanganui River and 4,5,6 day trips are on offer.

The expertise, knowledge and insights accumulated since 1982 over three generations of guides, will ensure that there is just the right adventure for you.

River Valley is not all about adventure however. With the addition of the River Valley Spa, some indulgence in the way of massage, sauna and hot tub.

River Valley is unique in this combination of family, multi generations, location, and great things to see and do.

White Water Rafting


Accommodation facilities at River Valley lie within stunning scenery, green clad hills, the tree covered ranges, and the magnificent river canyons. Lodging Options vary from luxurious riverside guest rooms with private facilities to budget accommodation for adventure seeking backpackers The lodge in general has a rustic cabin style.

Mokai Canyon 3-Day Rafting Trip

Map & Directions

River Valley Lodge, Taihape, New Zealand 4792

River Valley is situated in the Rangitikei District of the North Island of New Zealand. It is near the central North Island town of Taihape. If you are traveling South, turn left at the River Valley signpost, 18km after Waiouru.

If you are traveling North, use the Gretna Hotel in Taihape as your starting point, 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 River Valley, yellow finger signposts.

After turning off State Highway 1, you will cross two bridges coming from Waiouru, and three bridges coming from Taihape. The last 5km's are gravel and take you to the Lodge at the end of the road.

Points of Interest
River Valley - Award Winning Adventure Lodge
New ZealandTaihape,

Nearby Attractions and Services

15 kmsMokai Gravity Canyon - Bungy
1 kmAorangi Experiences - Guided walks
80kms approxMt Ruapehu


Restaurant:At River Valley Lodge we major in traditional country style cooking. This means mostly roast meals, but occasionally casseroles at night, with a mix of fresh seasonal vegetables. Entrees are normally soups, fresh salads, or selections of local cheeses and spreads. Dinner is set menu, and served at a fixed time. Our meals are based around fresh salads from the Lodge gardens and locally sourced meat. Our meat partners are Bostock's Organic Chicken Farm and Mangarara Free-Range Beef Station both located near Hastings over the Ruahine Ranges.

Our cooks certainly know how to prepare extremely delicious desserts. Make sure to check out the dessert menu board, and prepare to indulge.

The Fulcrum Pit Bar:Some great stories get told here. After a hard days adventuring, or an even harder one relaxing, this is the place to settle down for a couple of "quiet" ones. An extensive range of beers, wines and spirits are carried. Check the "Shooter Board" for daily specials.

River Valley Spa:Our spa pool overlooks the river, set amongst native beech trees. This could be the perfect place to start. Spa pools unlike many of the other River Valley Spa services are all about leisure and relaxation.

Alternatively you could let tension melt away in our JUMBO Scandanavian sauna. This wood fired sauna is the traditional deal. With room for up to 6 people and a wood fired stove, this is just the place to sweat out a few toxins while socialising with friends or family. Very much a social event.

For more information on traditional saunas, click here.For the ultimate detox you could choose the Far infra-red Sauna, medically approved approach to more efficient sauna. For more information on infra-red Saunas, click here.

Facilities are available for smaller groups up to 14 for conference or retreat purposes. Conference or retreat facilities are available from early May to mid October. Our meeting room is situated in a beautiful setting overlooking the river at the water’s edge.

If your group has specialist requirements, please contact us so we can put a package together that meets your specific needs. To break up your sessions consider one of the activities that we have on offer. These can range from a simple game of golf, to a Grade 5 rafting trip, to an interpretive bush walk. These activities can be structured to get a Team Building benefit from them.

Internet facilities are available if required.

Room Amenities
  • High Speed Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Room Service

  • Bar
  • Conference Rooms
  • Fax Machine
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet Access
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Breakfast
  • Available
  • Free
  • Laundry
  • Massages
  • Shuttle Service - Available


Enjoy a high standard of comfort after your day of adventure! Our Deluxe Guest Rooms are positioned along the beautiful Rangitikei River and in the gardens with private bathrooms. These rooms are comfortable and stylish and each room features it's own unique decor.

Each bathroom is tiled in a own distinctive pattern reflecting the local environment. All bathrooms have under floor heating. Each room has a king size bed tea and coffee making facilities.Two of these rooms have an extra single bed meaning the room can also be used a treble.

We also have a family size ensuite room, perfect for families of up to six!All our guest rooms with private bathrooms (ensuited), are within our wireless hotspot range.We are in an area that does not have cellphone coverage, ensuring a strong dose of peace and quiet.

Sheperd's Trail Half-Day Horse Trek

Policies & Restrictions

River Valley has a no pets and no smoking policy in rooms.

Riverside Hike by the Rangitikei River


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Listing # RA-1023567

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USD $22.75 per night
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