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Will 2019 See a Return of the Duckie?

Will 2019 See a Return of the Duckie? It was once a regular occurrence, Duckie season. Not for the last couple of years though. Changing weather patterns with wetter summers had almost appeared to make Duckie season extinct. No more people ringing and asking whether they could book a Duckie trip but cancel it [...]

The River Valley Extended Family

The River Valley Extended Family Ripples Have you ever thrown a small stone into a pond of clear water and watched the ripples spread outwards? Just a small stone can send those ripples out to the far reaches of the pond. None of the surface of the pond is unaffected. From time to time [...]

With The Grand Daughters On The Whanganui River

With the Grand Daughters on the Whanganui River I tossed and turned that night after making the offer. An offer which was immediately accepted I might add. What was that offer? What had started as a very cruisy commercial four day dory trip on the Whanganui River, with me basically offering [...]

What’s In A ‘Job’?

What’s in a “Job”? Last Sunday I guided a relaxing day rafting trip on the section of the Rangitikei River we call “The Awesome Scenic Adventure”. The sun was shining, the water warm, the two families were nice people. Life was good. Did I make a fortune from being a river guide that day? [...]

The Role of Corporates in the Tourism Industry

The Role of Corporates in the Tourism Industry What is the role of big (by New Zealand standards) corporate companies in the New Zealand Tourism scene? I think this subject needs some thinking about as we see the slow buy up and consolidation of smaller private and family owned enterprises by bigger enterprises. These [...]

Speaking from The Heart?

Speaking from The Heart? Why is there an issue for anyone around speaking out about what is ethical and fair for people and the planet? Why by speaking out do you pick up a brand of being somehow a greenie loopy? That by speaking out, or writing about these issues you are being unrealistic, [...]

So, What Is in These Names?

So, What Is in These Names? Following last weeks blog which gave a brief history of some of the rapid names on the popular Grade 5 white water section of the Rangitikei River, I have had some feedback about my understanding of the history of those names, and some clarification on who and why [...]

By | 2018-12-22T02:44:26+00:00 December 17th, 2018|Adventure Travel, Blog, Rafting, Tha Rangitikei and Our Area|0 Comments

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 [...]