River Valley Stables

River Valley Stables


14 Rankers Reviews

9 Face-to-Face

5 Horse Trekking

1 Taihape

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Inquisitive Deer giving a group of riders a hard look
What a backdrop - the Ruahine Ranges
River Valley Lodge - our base


Horse back riding, horse trekking and trail riding in the northern Rangitikei, a particularly beautiful part of New Zealand. Rides from two hours to full day, with multi day riding and accommodation packages available.

River Valley is a place that is our home, where we have put down deep roots. It is a place where we feel that the spirit in which we do something, is an essential part of any experience. We actively search for ways in which we can offer you, our guests, experiences that are more meaningful and personal. Experiences that are creative, where you feel uplifted, where we can share our stories, and you can share yours. Yes, we go rafting, horse back riding, inflatable kayaking, and hiking, but what is adventure without living the emotion of every moment!


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River Valley Ventures Ltd.

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North IslandManawatu - WanganuiTaihape


  • Horse Trekking


Showing 8 reviews of 14.

Dave Lamb's avatar

Dave Lamb


Ranking: 10/10

Liz welcomed the experienced and inexperienced riders with open arms. Amazing horses, unbeatable terrain and unbelievable views. A must do in the North Island!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Max Power


Ranking: 10/10

We recently spent 2 wonderfull weeks in NZ and River Valley Lodge & Stables was the highlight of a country of highlights!

The location is off the beaten track.... but don't worry, take your time because it is all worth it.

We stayed in our camper the night before our horse trek, next to the rushing river and awoke as the sun started to creep over the valleys edge.

We availed of the 2hr beginners horse trek. Huge appreciation goes to Lizzy and her colleagues. The horses are exceptionaly well trained and very easy to manage even for a beginner.

One word for the scenery on view....... Wow!

We also enjoyed a massage in the spa (highly recommended) and had access to the hot-tub.

All staff were friendly and attentive and as we arrived went above and beyond providing a treat on our over-night.

I don't want to sound too gushing, the prices are on the higher side, however the staff and location deliver good value for your buck.

We honestly couldnt fault our stay.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10


Reviewed over 10 years ago

deb2603's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience wonerful scenery friendly staff highly recommend would go regularly if didn't live in uk

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in December 2011

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Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful area, nice rafting and horseriding, nice people.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Beth Jobin

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Being an experienced rider I detest riding establishments but this one was exceptional. Stunning scenery and superb match of horse to rider - highly recommended.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in July 2008

danam's avatar


United States

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful scenery. Excellent match of rider to horse and experience. A pleasurable experience.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

kiwibrit86's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Gorgeous surroundings and good instructor... my horse was called Turk and seemed to like going at a snail's pace but other than that very enjoyable! :)

Reviewed over 13 years ago