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It’s Early October – What’s Happening at River Valley

It is time for another River Valley update. What a busy couple of weeks it has been! We have certainly gone up several gears in a short time. Here are a few of the highlights of what has been happening (in no particular order). A wedding. Yes, there [...]

What Are the Booking Trends at River Valley for the Coming Season?

What have you to look forward to at River Valley these coming warmer months? It is that time of year when our forward bookings really start to pick up. Whether by phone, email or direct from the website, increasing numbers of people are planning and booking their River Valley experience. So [...]

That Time of Year

The wild weather of early Spring is truly here. When the sun is out, and the wind tends to the north, the days are warm. When the sun is not out, and the wind tends to the south, temperatures plunge. The ground quickly becomes sodden, but also quickly dries, as we experience [...]

The Family and New Blood in the Business of River Valley

What was in many ways a fairly momentous change for the future of River Valley recently occurred at the local Taihape Solicitors office. This change felt a long time coming. It had been worked on and talked about for three years, if not longer. The change that took place is that Nicola [...]

Somewhere Far Away – a beguiling place where everything is available all the time

Somewhere Far Away – a beguiling place where everything is available all the time Have you ever heard of this place? That “Somewhere Far Away” place. You know, the place where tomatoes and cucumbers come from in the middle of winter. The place where pineapples and exotic off-season fruits come from [...]

Winter, and the Flow of Months at River Valley

Winter, and the Flow of Months at River Valley April is the month towards the end of our busy season, where we first really notice the flow of customers slowing down. Going into May, the weather starts turning bringing with it cooler temperatures and often more rain, (not this year though, where May was [...]

Connection Is Real

Connection is Real Chickens, Horses, Cows, Guinea fowl, Sheep, vegetable gardens and finally people. Does that make River Valley a farm as well a tourist operator? Many would say, especially in our part of the world where most land holdings are hundreds or even thousands of hectares, that the relatively small area of land, [...]

The Elephant in the Sky

The Elephant In The Sky Tourism Industry experts love trotting out forecasts. Forecasts of visitor arrivals. Forecasts of how much they are going to spend. Forecasts of the, always positive, impacts all these people will have on New Zealand. More employment. Economic growth in the regions and so on. And yet the elephant in [...]

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 [...]