Outdoorsy types who enjoy a bit of comfort at the end of the day will love it at River Valley’s award-winning adventure lodge located on the banks of the Rangitikei River in a sheltered papa-cliff canyon.
Set amongst mature trees, the riverside guestrooms are extremely comfortable and well equipped, with tiled ensuite bathrooms, king-size beds, and quality linens. Skylights provide natural light and a view of stars at night, and thoughtful touches include a choice of tea tree or lavender soap, hot water bottles, magazines, an extensive range of teas, and coffee-making facilities. Alternatively, if you’re looking to get right back to nature, you can camp in an allocated area along the river and make use of the self-catering facilities and laundry area.
All guests have access to the main lodge building. Cleverly constructed from river stones and natural timbers, it is perfectly in keeping with the environment. It provides a meeting place to chat with fellow guests or enjoy a home-cooked meal or snack at the onsite café/restaurant and licensed bar. Outside, terraced courtyards with tables sprawl like individual ‘rooms’ between large river rocks and pebbled gardens filled with rhododendrons, hebes, kowhai, lancewood, and moss-covered punga.
River Valley is hosted by all three generations of the Sage and Megaw families and everyone has a role. Even old Mr Sage takes part, driving the shuttles to and from the rafting departure point. Scenic rafting trips run from October to April but Grade Five raft trips run year round, subject to water levels and weather conditions. Then there’s river sledging, kayaking, or riding a flying fox or trolley over the river; horse-riding, hiking in the local forests, or playing a round of golf. Or treat yourself to a sauna, spa, or massage at River Valley Spa, then simply enjoy a good book beside the river.