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A Fun Adventure Rafting & Riding Vacation New Zealand

In River Valley's experience, many customers would like to try a variety of adventures that they offer. In particular, a rafting trip and a horse trek, combined with comfy accommodation and all meals taken care of. If this is you, a person who likes some indulgence with their adventure, then read on. This type of short holiday package is ideal for a weekend or just a couple of fun-filled days if you are traveling. It is an adventure breakaway to recharge the soul, lift the spirits, have some fun, breath some fresh air, and have a chance to laugh and smile.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 220 pounds / 100 kilograms
  • Not suitable for beginner riders
  • Tack type: Western and English tack
  • Horse breed: mix of horses

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  • A half day horse trek
  • All equipment for riding and rafting
  • Learn natural horsemanship techniques
  • Exhilarating grade 5 white water rafting trip or a scenic float
  • Free use of the saunas and hot tub
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodation
  • All meals included

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


2 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball court
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

During this holiday, you will stay in a private deluxe ensuite room at River Valley Lodge. All rooms can be made as a double or twin share. The deluxe rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee. The deluxe ensuite rooms come with complimentary use of the spa, this includes a hot tub, wood-fired sauna, and infra red sauna.


Arrive anytime after 3:00 p.m. on the first day, check in to your accommodation in one of the deluxe ensuite guest rooms, and enjoy a three-course dinner at the lodge.

On the second day, get up late, have breakfast in the main lodge. River Valley does not want you to get too carried away with the adventure stuff yet! That afternoon, explore the beautiful hill country of the Northern Rangitikei on horseback (half-day trek). Enjoy another three-course dinner at the lodge.

On the third day, choose from either a half-day grade 5 rafting trip or a relaxing float down the scenic section of the Rangitikei River.

Included excursions

  • A half day horse trek
  • A choice of either a full day of scenic rafting, or a half day, grade 5 rafting trip


Nicola Megaw


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. River Valley Lodge is the ideal place to break a journey from the Rotorua / Taupo area to Wellington, being about halfway between.


  • Napier / Hawkes bay - 2 hours
  • Palmerston North - 2 hours
  • Whanganui - 2 hours



  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball court


  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace


  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries
  • Wireless internet


A River Wild, Mountain High package includes:

  • 2 three-course dinners
  • 2 breakfasts (choose from any item off the breakfast menu)
  • 2 lunches (choose from any item off the lunch menu)

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • A half-day horse trek
  • Either a half-day, grade 5 white water rafting trip or a full day scenic rafting trip
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodation (garden or riverside deluxe room with own bathroom)
  • Cooked breakfast each morning
  • 3-course dinner each night, including the night of arrival
  • Trekkers lunch each day
  • All equipment: riding boots, helmet, leather chaps, and long oilskin riding coats for changeable weather
  • Wetsuit, boots, gloves, thermals, and helmets for rafting
  • Free use of the saunas and hot tub

What's not included

  • Additional days
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Transport to / from River Valley Lodge
  • Any food or beverage purchases that are not part of the package

How to get there

Driving directions from the South

  • Turn left at the River Valley signpost, 18 kilometers after Waiouru.

Driving directions from the North

  • Use the Gretna Hotel in Taihape as your starting point, with the Gretna Hotel on your left.
  • The 32 kilometers 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.
  • After turning off State Highway 1, you will cross two bridges coming from Waiouruand three bridges coming from Taihape.
  • The last 1.5 kilometers are gravel and take you to the Lodge at the end of Mangahoata Road.

Arrival by shuttle

  • River Valley offers a shuttle service from the nearest town of Taihape for 39 USD return per person.


  • South 39°37-800
  • East 176°02-583

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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The season for this package runs from November 1 to May 31.  The stables are closed between these dates to give horses a break and to avoid the wet, slippery slopes over winter.

The scenic rafting trip only runs between October 1 and April 30. River Valley do not run this trip in May.

We do need a minimum number of 2 participants to run a scenic raft trip, or 4 to run the grade 5.  If you have a smaller group we will try and rearrange the itinerary so that we can fit you in with some other people.

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