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What’s in a Name?

What's In A Name? On every river throughout the world where rafting, canoeing and kayaking takes place, rapids have been named. These names, the origins of which have sometimes been lost, often tell a story of an incident, while others are named after a natural rock or water feature. These stories offer glimpses into [...]

By | 2018-12-12T02:49:04+00:00 December 7th, 2018|Adventure Travel, Blog, Rafting, Tha Rangitikei and Our Area|0 Comments

A River Rescue Workshop

A River Rescue Workshop Going white-water rafting and not sure what safety systems are in place? Read on! You may not know it, but New Zealand has one of the most highly regulated white-water rafting industries in the world. This level of regulation seeks to ensure that people going rafting are [...]

Back On The Horse

Back On The Horse Since the earliest days of River Valley, horse trekking experiences have been an integral part of the overall River Valley offerings, with the first treks offered in the late 1980s. Over this time the culture and practices of offering these rides has changed a good deal. This has [...]

Spring on the Ngaruroro River

Spring On The Ngaruroro River One of my favourite Spring rafting trips is a two-day sojourn on the Ngaruroro River (nah-roo-raw-raw) in sunny Hawkes Bay. This smallish river is born in the Kaweka and Kaimanawa ranges. It’s journey to the sea takes it through native tree lined gorges before it’s mad rush slows down, [...]

By | 2018-12-11T22:54:02+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Adventure Travel, Blog, Multiday trips|0 Comments

Terrôir and Localism. What’s in it for You?

So, what is the terrôir of your adventure? Does it matter? What about the locals. Who are they? Do they matter? Terrôir is a French term that loosely relates to a “sense of place” and is usually applied to wine. In particular it applies to the unique combination of soil, aspect, sunshine and general [...]

Time to Savour And Memories To Be Treasured

Big Days! In fact, Big Big Days! I have always felt that multi-day river trips are to be enjoyed, to be savoured, to be at least as much as possible, unhurried. They are meant to be a highlight experience, rather than something to be endured. And yet the standard three day trip on the [...]

By | 2018-12-11T22:54:24+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Adventure Travel, Blog, Dories, Environment & Food, Multiday trips|0 Comments

Why Do I Feel Like This?

Nature Is So Good For The Brain When we go out into nature, Williams says, “our brains shift in a way that’s really good for our mood and health.” Normally it takes several days to get in the right space. First there is the rigging (boater talk for getting all the equipment sorted and [...]

By | 2018-12-11T22:54:32+00:00 July 3rd, 2018|Adventure Travel, Blog, Environment & Food|0 Comments

The Dictionary and The Eclipse of Nature

The Dictionary and the Eclipse of Nature Did you know that the 2007 Oxford Children’s Dictionary, aimed at seven-year olds, dropped words such as ‘almond’, ‘blackberry’ and ‘crocus’ and replaced them with ‘analogue’, ‘block graph’ and ‘celebrity’? The 2012 edition reinforced this break with nature. This process of writing nature out of young minds. [...]

By | 2018-12-11T22:54:42+00:00 June 26th, 2018|Adventure Travel, Blog, Environment & Food|0 Comments

A Typical Portrait of a Family Business?

A Typical Portrait of a Family Business? A cornerstone of tourism in New Zealand has always been the small, most often family owned, business. While the industry shows signs of some consolidation, with corporate buy outs of a number of previously privately owned operators, small and medium businesses still comprise 85 % of the [...]

By | 2018-12-11T22:54:54+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Adventure Travel, Blog, Environment & Food|0 Comments

Do You Have A Question About White Water Rafting?

For people with limited time, which 1 day rafting experience do we recommend?   River Valley offer two half day or day rafting trips. The first of these is the half day Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei River. If excitement and adrenaline is what you after, then this is the trip for you. This [...]

By | 2018-05-16T23:24:58+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Adventure Travel, Blog, Multiday trips, Rafting|1 Comment