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More Than Navel Gazing

More than Navel Gazing 80% - 90% of our customers at River Valley, before Covid-19 were from overseas. That is a significant statistic when you are planning on how to survive with the current closure of borders. Added to this is the question of no one knowing when they are likely to reopen. In [...]

Transforming a Tourism Business Post COVID-19. What Needs to Change?

Transforming a Tourism Business Post COVID-19. What Needs to Change? River Valley, our adventure company and Lodge, has a long history. It all started way back in the early 1980s at the back of the family farm. The farm boundaries the Rangitikei River, 32kms east of the central North [...]

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, [...]

What Do You Value?

What Do You Value? Do you feel like giving us some help? We would really appreciate it if you could. As a society, we are even now being prepared for what happens after we come out of lockdown, following the COVID-19 pandemic. Words and statements such as “unprecedented”, “massive economic impact”, “could be like [...]

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 [...]

River Valley Happenings of 2019

River Valley Happenings of 2019 So much of our lives, we are constantly looking forward. Planning this, building that, New Year's resolutions, this year is going to be much better than the previous year. And so on. However, how often do we spend time looking back? Treasuring the highlights, remembering the low points, and [...]

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 [...]

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Like Good Cheese and Fine Wine. It All Takes Time

Like Good Cheese and Fine Wine. It All Takes Time Last week we had a meeting with an architect friend of Janey’s. Up for discussion were some ideas around changes to the main Lodge building. These proposed changes include a revamp of the kitchen and bar working areas, and also changes to the customer [...]