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stunning rangitikei river valley [camp site]

Pukeokahu, Manawatu-Whanganui

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Sleeps up to 11
From $40 tonight
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Tucked away at the base of the Ruahine Ranges and Mt. Aorangi, on the banks of the Rangitikei River, this lodge is the perfect escape from the stress of every day life and engage with nature.

It is the ideal central location: about half way between Wellington and the Rotorua/Taupo area. W...

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Essential Stay Info

Access to lakes, rivers, streams & beaches
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Family Friendly

Check in time: From 3pm
Check out time: 10am

Eating and Drinking
We have a shared guest kitchen for all guests to use. The lodge has an on-site cafe and restaurant, serving tasty and nutritious home cooked food (a lot of which is made using fresh produce from our gardens).

Bedding Configuration
Camp Site - no power

More info about the property

Waking to the sound of the River, and the early morning bird chorus. The camping area is conveniently located adjacent to the Lodge, set among gardens and trees, right next to the river. <...

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Unique kiwi experiences for you

Enjoy a home cooked farm to table meal from our restaurant
Try one of our adventure activities - white water rafting, horse trekking or cycling
Enjoy a swim in the beautiful Rangitikei River, right outside the lodge

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What we love about this property

Restore, Rejuvenate, Re-Create, Regenerate! Embrace solitude, or seek an adventure - River Valley is the perfect place to escape from life and enjoy being blissfully disconnected from the modern world...

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Activities on or nearby this property

Horse Riding and Trekking
Outdoor Bath | Hot Tub
Rafting | Kayaking | Canoeing


2WD caravan accessible
Caravan accessible
Fridge (or cooling facility) available
Hot Water Available
North Island
Picnic Table
Property Manager on site
Rubbish bin
RV/Motorhome accessible
Unsealed Roads
Washing Machine
Wheelchair Access
Wifi Available
Wifi Available (At a charge)

Drive Times

Auckland: 5.5 Hours
Tauranga: 4 Hours
Taupo: 2 Hours
Wellington: 4 Hours

Extras you might like to add

These will be available to select during the booking progress

Addon - Grade 5 White Water Rafting

$215.00 Per Person

Our grade 5, white water rafting trip is often recognised as one of the best half day trips in the world!

With 10 major rapids on this 11 km run, plus numerous smaller rapids, there is plenty to get excited about.

This half day trip starts at the lodge, we drive approximately half an hour to the put in point and then raft back down (approximately 2-3 hours on the water) to the lodge.

We are one of the few companies in New Zealand to run our white water trip all year round.

Activity Length: 3 hours

Addon - Harmony With Horses - Half Day Horsemanship & Trek

$215.00 Per Person

Your adventure starts with a horsemanship session, building a trusting relationship between you and your horse.

Then, ride out into the beautiful countryside so you can explore the epic back country of NZ and enjoy the outstanding vistas looking out to the Ruahine Ranges and beyond. You will be riding over the hills, taking in the spectacular scenery, and if you are up for it, cantering through the fields.

Experience the freedom of riding using Natural Horsemanship techniques. At River Valley Stables we train our horses using natural horsemanship techniques and choose to ride our horses bit-less and barefoot (no metal in their mouths, or on their hooves).

Activity Length: 3 hours

River Valley Stables offers rides for riders. Therefore some previous riding experience is needed - you must be confident riding at a walk and a trot to take part in one of our rides.

Addon - Scenic Rafting

$215.00 Per Person

With over 30 Grade 2 (easy) rapids, amazing scenery and a riverside lunch, the 13 km section of the Rangitikei River downstream from the Lodge is perfect for all ages.

On the way down, immense cliffs cradle the river canyon. It is in one of these sections that we stop and have a picnic lunch. From there it is a relaxing float out to the take out, followed by a scenic drive back to River Valley Lodge. For those wanting more excitement, we can take inflatable kayaks as well as rafts.

The trip includes lunch, transport and all equipment.

Activity Length: Full day (approx)

$35.00 Per Person

At River Valley Lodge we major in Farm-To-Table style cooking.
This means mostly roast meals, but occasionally casseroles at night, with a mix of fresh seasonal vegetables.

Our meat is locally sourced and free range, organic or grass-fed.

Our on site organic vegetable gardens supply many of our vegetables, ensuring freshness and taste.

We do require pre-booking for dinner, and can cater for vegetarian or other dietary requirements if told in advance.


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 have got to stop by River Valley

A great trip for taking the children along. You just don't feel that you have to keep your eye on them the whole time

About your host, Danielle

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Whether you are looking for a scenic weekend retreat, an adventure holiday or simply a beautiful place to put your head for a night we would love to invite you to come and stay with us, but be warned: once you experience the valley, some people never leave!

Within our extended family we can lay claim to three generations of Rafting and Horse Trekking Guides. Unique amongst adventure operators. Experience, knowledge and insights, that have not been lost with each change of staff, but rather treasured and added to over decades by the family.

The business has always been family owned and run, and started out on the family farm. Being away from the main tourist centres, we have tended to develop systems and ways of doing things that are often unique to us. This approach is quite holistic, whether it be Natural Horse Training at the Stables, growing our own vegetables for the Lodge kitchen, having an extended family relationship within the staff, or doing practical things for the natural environment.

From the very beginning our focus has been on delivering a quality, fun experience to our guests, maintaining good relationships with our local community, and operating with a minimum footprint in our natural environment.

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