River Valley is an adventure centre and lodge about 30km northeast of Taihape (follow the signs from Taihape’s Gretna Hotel). Its popular half-day white-water rafting trip tackles the thrilling Grade V rapids of Rangitikei River ($175). Horse treks are also offered, taking in views of Mt Ruapehu, the Ruahine Range and the Rangitikei River (two hours/half day $129/175).

Lodge accommodation is also available (sites per person $18, dorm $31, doubles $169-175, B&B $199). Meals in the on-site restaurant feature fresh ingredients from the lodge's gardens. Ask about multi-activity holidays.