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Spring 2020. The Return of the Weekend Warrior

Spring 2020. The Return of the Weekend Warrior 1988 and the rafting season was pumping. Well, pumping (busy) that is, for that time and place. Set out below is what a typical week looked like for a rafting and adventure lodge business in those times: Monday – housekeeping, cleaning up after the [...]

What Constitutes Value

What Constitutes Value? Something I was concerned about when we set up the recent survey we sent out was, how do people perceive value? What concerned me was, would respondents understand that value was not necessarily price, though it could be. As the point of the survey was to find out just what our [...]

Your Thoughts on What River Valley Provides – Survey Results

Your Thoughts on What River Valley Provides – Survey Results Firstly, I would like to thank everyone, several hundred; in fact, who contributed to the recent survey we put up. The purpose of the survey was to help us understand better what you, our guests and customers, really valued about a River Valley experience, [...]

The River Valley Ride

Doubting Thomas Eats Humble Pie After several years of planning, more than a few doubts – as much from husbands (such as me) as anybody else, the first River Valley 8 Day Ride concluded on Monday with many a very happy rider. This multi-day horse trek, which has been my wife, Nicola’s, project, has [...]

An Early Season for the Duckie

An Early Season for the Duckie A good seasonal indication for the amount of rain we have had here at River Valley, and more importantly, how much there has been in the headwaters of the Rangitikei River up in the Kaimanawa ranges is the date that we roll out the duckies. Our duckie trips [...]

By | 2020-08-05T00:05:38+00:00 January 26th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Duckies, Guides and Guiding, Rafting, River Valley Adventure|0 Comments

Who Works at River Valley?

Who Works at River Valley? I often get asked, well almost told that most of our staff would be transitory backpackers, wouldn’t they be? The person making the query is most surprised when I tell them, that no, other than the occasional wwoofer, (we call them cuzzies), all the staff are paid employees, and [...]

By | 2020-08-05T00:05:38+00:00 December 1st, 2019|Articles, Blog, Guides and Guiding, Lodge, River Valley Adventure|0 Comments

Is This Just A Load of Red Bull or Is It a Case of World Famous in Taihape?

Is This Just A Load of Red Bull or Is It a Case of World Famous in Taihape? A traveller went rafting with us the other day. The trip he did was on the Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei River. He was probably in his mid-30s and travelling alone. Often, people travelling alone [...]

By | 2020-08-05T00:05:39+00:00 October 25th, 2019|Adventure Travel, Articles, Blog, Guides and Guiding, Rafting|0 Comments

A River Dance

A River Dance Come to the end of autumn all our summer seasonal guides have left for other, normally warmer climes. This departure means the rafting guide crew is predominately family and local guides. This time of year is also when I seem to do most of my raft guiding. Being winter, I am [...]

By | 2020-08-05T00:05:51+00:00 June 27th, 2019|Articles, Blog, Guides and Guiding, Rafting|0 Comments

Farewell Indian Summer

Farewell Indian Summer The month of May is the last month of our horse trekking season. May 2019 has been a phenomenal amazing month of dry weather and warm sunny days, with gorgeous vivid hues of blues, greens and gold, painting the landscape, highlighted by the soft light cast low on the [...]

River Lessons – What I Have Learned From A Lifetime On The River

River Lessons – What I have Learned from a Lifetime on the River Having spent a good deal of my working life either guiding on rivers, mostly the Rangitikei, or working in some other way associated with that pursuit, I thought it might be a good time to reflect a little on what those [...]