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Tongariro National Park, River Valley – River Valley, New Zealand (Day 10)

We left Taupo on our way to River Valley. Today was actually the day we visited Tongariro National Park and not Day 8. I knew something was wrong because we played rugby in the park and we didn’t get a rugby ball until Taupo…moving right along. It was a lot of driving, but we finally made it to River Valley. After unpacking, we went on a hike to the top of the valley ridge and got some good views of the lodge and the river.

The lodge from the ridge

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The lodge is very cosy and has a golf course, white water rafting, horseback riding and a huge jenga. Got in some good games of jenga while waiting for dinner. The dinner was a lamb roast with all kinds of vegetables and sides. It was amazing and the best meal I’ve had in New Zealand.

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The dorm rooms are two massive beds!

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A nice fireplace resides in the middle of the living/dining area.

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Our lodge from ground level.

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At the River Valley lodge you can work for your accommodation and food. I considered staying there and working for a while and still do some days.

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