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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

Life on the road to River Valley Lodge. How did that happen?

Life on the road to River Valley Lodge How did that happen?   If you asked me whether I thought I’d end up here, at River Valley, 18 years ago, I'd honestly have said no, but after thinking about it, my journey here began in the 70’s when on one [...]

By | 2017-08-21T02:56:02+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Blog|1 Comment

Is this the Year you Experience a Multi-Day Rafting Trip?

Is this the Year you Experience a Multi-Day Rafting Trip? Over the last few weeks we have been busy plotting out the departure dates for multi-day trips for next season (2017/2018), which are now all available for booking on the website. Excitingly, we have opened up more multi-day departure dates than ever before! Most [...]

By | 2017-06-12T02:55:57+00:00 April 29th, 2017|Blog|1 Comment

The Great PukeokaHu man vs Horse Marathon – A Recount

The Great PukeokaHu man vs Horse Marathon – A Recount The annual Human vs Horse marathon took place a week ago now; the great endurance race between two legs and four. Severe flooding from Ex Cyclone Debbie throughout the North Island the week before had the committee organisers of the event a bit worried [...]

By | 2017-06-11T20:44:24+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Rafting – Not just for the Thrill Seekers

We often overhear discussions by visitors around the lodge that suggest rafting is only for the young and adventurous thrill-seekers. This year has proven this statement to be not only untrue, but in many cases not even the norm. Rafting attracts such an array of people; all ages, diverse backgrounds, varying abilities and assorted [...]

By | 2017-06-11T20:49:02+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Saying Goodbye to our Summer Family

This week is a particularly sad one for us. As the quieter seasons approach we wave off about half of our summer staff over the next couple of days. River Valley seems to attract all sorts; a handful of the seasonal staff from around New Zealand and the rest from all around the world. Many [...]

By | 2017-06-11T21:14:45+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

River Recipes No. 2: Courgette Chutney

River Recipes No. 2: Courgette Chutney So sticking with our theme of cooking what we are getting out of the garden currently, this week’s recipe is Melissa’s Courgette Chutney. However, really what we are using at the moment are Marrow now as they have grown so large… Melissa’s Courgette Chutney This recipe is so [...]

By | 2017-05-04T18:45:35+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Women of the Whitewater

Women of the Whitewater Its International Women’s Day today, an important day particularly given the current political climate. On this one day of the year we celebrate the achievements of great women who have paved the way against adversity, but also to recognise that there is still inequality among so many facets of society. [...]

By | 2017-05-30T04:51:02+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Which Month Should You Take A Multi Day River Trip?

Here we are in early March. We are presently enjoying some beautiful settled warm weather. This got me to thinking about enjoying this weather out on the river. But a step back first. This summer season we had the busiest multi day rafting season we have ever had. Each year it seems more people [...]

By | 2017-05-04T18:37:32+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments