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Desolation, Rugged Beauty, a Potential Train Crash. The Headwaters of the Rangitikei River

Desolation, Rugged Beauty, a Potential Train Crash. The Headwaters of the Rangitikei River   Isolation, quiet, nature, wilderness, no people, crystal clear water, monster trout, eels, bird song (especially the beautiful notes of the Korimako/Bell Bird), rugged scenery, spectacular rock formations, tight technical rapids, no cell phone coverage. All these words, and so many [...]

By | 2017-12-26T23:27:49+00:00 December 26th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

What River Trips Are Best For A Family? It All “Depends”

 What River Trips Are Best For A Family? It All "Depends" As the hot days of summer start to roll in, in New Zealand, our thoughts invariably turn to having fun on and in the water. This may involve riding waves into a sandy beach, or the feel of fresh clean water as you [...]

By | 2017-12-10T21:01:51+00:00 December 10th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Life Returns

Life Returns The neighbours look over the fence with bemusement and shake their heads. They wonder what on earth we are doing, and why shouldn't they wonder. The grass is long in our paddocks, in some places almost going to seed, while the horse herd tramples as much grass in each electric fenced daily [...]

By | 2017-12-03T21:23:46+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

It Is No Simple Business Naming a Dory

It Is No Simple Business Naming a Dory In November 2015, boat builders Brad Dimock and Andy Hutchinson built our two beautiful, wooden, Briggs style river dories. For the first 12 months of their existence, these two dories were essentially nameless (though they did have working names, Zsa Zsa and Eva after the Gabor [...]

By | 2017-11-27T00:51:47+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

What Makes The Grade 5 Section of the Rangitikei River Such A Great Rafting Trip?

What Makes The Grade 5 Section of the Rangitikei River Such A Great Rafting Trip? The Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei River on the central North Island is often called New Zealand's best half day white water rafting trip. Why? Lets have a look at the main features: The section is 11km in [...]

By | 2018-06-06T21:58:02+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Blog|5 Comments

My Imagining Will Become Reality. Will Yours?

Hail beats down on the roof as yet another thunder shower passes over. The temperature drops quickly from get your jacket off warmth to getting the jacket and a raincoat back on. Puddles quickly refill and the ever present mud gets new life. Horses turn their backsides into the wind, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T20:55:49+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Blog, Rafting|0 Comments

Rafting and Horse Treks are not the only things we’re good at.

Great Food, Great Wine, Great Coffee in a Great Location. If your ask around town about River Valley lodge usually the answer is that's where you go for rafting. What most people don' t know is you can come visit us just for some great food and wines. [...]

By | 2017-09-28T22:56:00+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Blog|3 Comments