Looking for a multi-day river trip with a touch of luxury? Explore a beautiful section of the Rangitikei river without camping. Instead stay in 2 special riverside lodges.
We have noticed that many of our guests would like to experience several days on the river, as in a multi day rafting trip, but prefer quite a bit more comfort than what a normal camping style experience brings.
Luckily for us, downstream from River Valley Lodge is Tarata Fishaway, a very nicely set up Fishing Lodge, and just the ideal place to spend a second night on the river.
So after a days exploring, this means comfy beds each night in a Lodge type setting, hot tubs overlooking the river, great food, freshly prepared for you, two relaxing days on the river, PLUS, great scenery, and no worries.
In fact a total escape and chill out.
Arrive at River Valley Lodge in time for dinner the night before departure on the river.
The next morning get kitted out in river gear, pack up your clothing onto the raft and say good bye to civilisation for the day.
Spend the rest of the day cruising downstream, discover the spectacular Ohutu Falls, enjoy a picnic lunch on the river bank, arriving mid to late afternoon at Tarata Fishaway.
Hot showers, hot tub, dinner, a bottle of good wine, good company, cosy bed.
The following morning, after a relaxing start, you are back on the river discovering what lies further downstream.
You will journey through the spectacular Mokai Canyon, including having a chance to gaze up at the Gravity Canyon Bungy, Giant Swing, and Extreme Flying Fox set up.
You will also take in some of the canyon that featured in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Again we pause on the riverbank for a picnic lunch, finishing the trip mid afternoon.
Our shuttle vehicle will meet you at this point and transport you back to River Valley Lodge. (Alternatively a helicopter can meet you at the take out and fly you directly back to the Lodge – this is for an additional amount).
From River Valley Lodge you can either journey home, or alternatively stay an extra night.
There is the opportunity the following morning, now that you have a taste for being on the river, to join a Grade 5 Rafting Trip , or use some different muscles and go horse back riding, viewing the Rangitikei River Canyon from a totally different angle. (The extra night and activity is not included in the Lodge to Lodge price)
All meals (including a 3 course dinner with a drink each night)
2 nights in luxury accommodation at 2 different lodges
2 days of guided rafting on the Rangitikei river
All river gear - wetsuits, helmets, lifejackets, thermals, boots
Check in and spend your first night at River Valley Lodge
266 Mangahoata Road
We are 32kms from the nearest town of Taihape/SH1. From Taihape turn down the road by the Gretna Hotel, and keep following the road until you see a turning on the right signposted for River Valley. From there follow the road and signs out to the lodge.
Full refund if cancelled up to 7 days before activity starts.
Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.
There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.
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