The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

River Valley

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Brian and Nicola Megaw
Mangahoata Rd, Pukeokahu, Taihape, Wanganui and Manawatu

Tel: + 64 (0)6-388-1444
No cell number available
Fax: + 64 (0)6-388-1859

Long ago, when giant Moa birds stalked New Zealand’s shores, a Maori adventurer named Hau went in search of his errant wife. The journey was long with many arduous river crossings.....

.... But most challenging of all was a torrent of water, which rose in the volcanic country of Ruapehu; Hau named the river Rangitikei, the day of the long walk. Fast forward to the late 20th century when in the spirit of Hau, Kiwi adventurers discovered that a lot of fun could be had hurtling down the Rangitikei in a rubber dinghy. These white-water rafting fanatics needed somewhere to stay, so River Valley was born. On the evening I stayed, damp-haired twenty-somethings drank with their rafting guide in the cavernous bar and restaurant, whilst the week-long art-course students discussed life drawing's finer points. After a meal of local chicken and warm chocolate and raspberry muffin, I walked back to my clutter-free room, with its rough-hewn furniture and neutral walls the colour of river pebbles. I climbed into my huge bed and dozed off with the gushing Rangitikei only metres away. Next morning was riding time. My pony was a feisty Arab... and it could go! Galloping up an escarpment overlooking the eternity of wild, volcanic country I felt a bit like Arwen from Lord of the Rings... except without the unearthly beauty or the fluent Elvish. After my GG visits I often hope to return; after one night at River Valley I am determined. Golf, fly-fishing, Maori cultural walks and spa complex also available.[i/]





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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Meals Can Be Provided    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Wifi Available    Self-catering Option    Owners are Garden Enthusiasts    Horses available    Township Visits or Cultural Experiences    Gourmet Cuisine Available    Canoeing    Bird-watching Enthusiasts    White-water Rafting    
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Rooms: 8: 2 triples, 5 twins/doubles, 1 family with 2 bunks and 1 double. All with en-suite shower.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Continental and cooked breakfasts. Continental breakfast $10; cooked breakfast $15. Evening meals $45 for 3 courses and $32 for 2.
Directions: See website.


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