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266 Mangahoata Road Pukeokaku, RD 2, Taihape 4792 New Zealand See on map
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Breakfast Available
Non-Smoking Hotel
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3 Star accommodation
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The basis of the River Valley Experience is what happens outside the Lodge. A family run business now into its 3rd generation of raft guides, River Valley started as a rafting company on a family farm, in the More back blocks of Taihape. With one of the world's top half day Grade 5 rafting trips literally on the doorstep, it was a natural progression. A horse trekking stables was added over time, and it is these two adventurous activities, rafting the beautiful Rangitikei River, and exploring the magnificent hill country which is at core of River Valley. River Valley Lodge is an Adventure Lodge. It was built as a base for rafting and horse back riding, and this has not changed. What has changed is the clientele! The Lodge caters for young backpackers after an adrenaline fueled Grade 5 rafting trip, through to veteran mature adventurers, with an accommodation mix from bunk rooms to en-suited riverside suites. The Lodge restaurant and cafe serves a selection of fresh country style food, much not only prepared on site, but also grown in the extensive vegetable gardens. If shopping and cell phone reception are critical to your daily existence, then River Valley is certainly not the place for you. Less
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Free Parking
Breakfast Available
Non-Smoking Hotel
Self-Serve Laundry
Room Service
Breakfast included
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Certificate of Excellence
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New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Rangitikei District > Taihape
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266 Mangahoata Road Pukeokaku, RD 2, Taihape 4792 New Zealand
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Hawkes Bay Airport74 km
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Reviewed 29 July 2018

Least favorite stop on the Kiwi Experience so far. Had our bags thrown out of the bus with no rhyme or reason. Opted for the cheaper accommodation and regretted it right away. We opted to spend our nightly budget on food instead of beer but...More

Thank RossPeck
Response from rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley LodgeResponded 14 August 2018

Kia ora Ross I am sorry that your stay at River Valley did not meet your expectations. I have followed up with the chef about the meal that night, and she seemed to be aware there was some sort of issue. Our apologies if the...More

Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

Stayed here for 1 night as part of the kiwi ex. Kitchen under stocked and dirty - even before everybody started cooking. Common area/dining room was cold despite there being a fire (which wasnt lit even after requests) and it was the start of winter....More

Thank MichelleShellD
Response from rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley LodgeResponded 8 May 2018

Kia ora Michelle Thanks for your review. The customer kitchen is cleaned at least once per day, and given a thorough clean each afternoon. I am afraid that many people who use it do not exhibit the same care and it only takes one or...More

Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

WOW! Me and two of my friends decided to stay at this place for one night and ended up staying three! The staff were incredible, so approachable and fun to be with, the vibe they have there is wonderful, not to mention they are all...More

Thank tcamp48
Response from rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley LodgeResponded 8 May 2018

Kia ora When I first read this review I thought WOW! It was so much fun to read such a positive review, especially one that summed up so much of the River Valley experience. I couldn't help but wonder just who you were. However after...More

Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

We only stayed here one night as it was part of our kiwi experience tour but it was brilliant, we stayed in the 6 bed dorms out the back which were great and we had booked to do the white water rafting the next morning....More

Thank gilly1878
Response from rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley LodgeResponded 8 May 2018

Kia ora Nathan and Stacy Thanks for your review. It is always so positive for us to read reviews from people who appreciate the whole River Valley experience, and also appreciate people, like Daniel, who only make it better. All the best on your travels...More

Reviewed 19 April 2018

We only visited River Valley Lodge for one night, but had a fantastic time. We had a camper van so I cannot say anything about the rooms, but the lodge is secluded and the main dining hall beautiful. Kirk was our guide for the Rangitikei...More

Thank nicola s
Response from rivervalley1, Owner at River Valley LodgeResponded 8 May 2018

Kia ora Nicola Thanks for your review. We are indeed very lucky to have such incredible staff and live in this beautiful location. Of course the river is a bonus! Yes, cleaning up the customer kitchen is a thank less chore. The house keeping staff...More

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Hi There I have been away for several days, so will follow up about why you have not yet received an answer. Thanks for your enquiry. Kind regards Brian
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"Anything that isnt part of the lodge should be much more peaceful"
28 Jul. 2018
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"The riverside guest rooms are quiet and secluded. Rooms closer to, or in, the lodge are more 'in the..."
9 Apr. 2018
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"wish I could put more than 5 stars on the location .. it was better than awesome... ."
6 Aug. 2017
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"If you chose to sleep in one of the bunk houses, pay a little extra for the 4-bed dorm--It's quieter..."
1 Mar. 2017
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