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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 [...]

Back On The River

Back on the River Being not far away from my 61st birthday, I thought my days of rafting customers on the Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei River were over. Recently, that has proved not to be the case. Winter is always when the older experienced senior guides come out of the woodwork. This [...]

Where Is The Nearest McDonalds?

Where Is The Nearest McDonalds? Here at River Valley Lodge, it is lunchtime. Guests are coming in from morning activities, be that rafting, horse trekking, or simply having been for a walk. Others on warmer days will have spent time swimming or lazing out by the river. Many of course will not have left [...]

Doers or Viewers?

Doers or Viewers? We had a very negative, but short, Trip Advisor review the other day. The issue appeared to be that we would not give out our business Wi-Fi password to a guest while we were upgrading our customer Wi-fi service with new equipment. Of course, if the customer had needed the service [...]

Why Are The Rules Like This?

Why Are The Rules Like This? A few days ago, one of our senior river guides gave us a heads up that he had been offered a more “normal” job, a change of career, and that he was seriously considering taking up the offer. The job comes with a reasonable salary plus a house. [...]

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 [...]

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? [...]