Everybody on our bus was staying two nights at Taupo, and we were only staying one to try and give us more time elsewhere, so it was a bit annoying as we were just beginning to make friends. It didn't matter too much as the weather was pretty awful but still a bit annoying. We then made our way to River Valley which is basically in the middle of nowhere.
When we got there we decided to book out the hot tub and spent an hour in there, which even though it was raining it was lovely. That night we just chilled really, some people on the bus were getting completely wasted, but as we didn't know them too well, and we didn't really mind anyway, we just made dinner and then chilled.
The next morning we went for a walk around the area, but to get across the river you had to go on this cart on a zipwire which looked a little bit uneasy. We had to pull ourselves along being suspended over this river which was hilarious. The walk itself was good, it had rained so much the day before that it was a little slippery so Holly and I fell over, but it was fine! Some people did White Water rafting that sounded pretty good, so if you go there I would probably say do that!
ACCOMMODATION – River Valley Lodge - $31
The rooms were a pretty good size for a shared room of 6. There were bunk beds but slightly attached (in half a square shape) so I don't know if I would feel a bit weird if I shared with a randomer. The kitchen was pretty small, as I think they would prefer you to eat their dinner. The toilet you had to go outside to get to, but they had a massive bar/dining/chill area which was nice as we spent our night in there. I don't think you would stay there if you weren't on a tour like the kiwi experience, but it was a really nice place right on the river.
Rating – 3.5/5