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Does Anyone Really Care?

Does Anyone Really Care? I recently read some disturbing comments made by Sudima Hotels director Les Morgan. These were published in the tourism trade newsletter, Inside Tourism. He had been asked if his company had addressed sustainability issues. His reply was that first, the business had to be sustainable economically. He then went on [...]

A Whole Viewpoint of Combating Climate Change

A Whole Viewpoint of Combating Climate Change Imbalance in one element effects other related elements. This would seem to be self-evident, however when we look at our response to the unfolding climate and ecological dramas that beset us it does not appear obvious at all. New Zealand has committed to planting one billion trees [...]

Building A Community?

Building a Community? That healthy communities, and recognition of the interconnectedness of communities, is critical as we go on as a human civilisation I would have thought is a given. But first, let me make it clear that when I say communities I mean all communities, both human and non-human. As far as this [...]

The Bigger Better Vegetable Garden

The Bigger, Better, Vegetable Garden If you have either visited River Valley in recent years, or been following us online, you will know that a strong part of our ethic is attempting to be a regenerative business. A business that has a primary aim to benefit the land, nature, local community, family, [...]

By | 2018-10-23T22:06:31+00:00 October 14th, 2018|Blog, Environment & Food, Permaculture|0 Comments

Extreme Weather Events

Extreme Weather Events In what increasingly appears to be the new order of things, last week (4th & 5th September 2018) the Ruahine Range on the central North Island of New Zealand was hit by another weather bomb. Originally the weather forecast only mentioned snow to 800m or 900m. This spring snowfall was only [...]

By | 2018-12-11T22:51:53+00:00 September 13th, 2018|Blog, Environment & Food, Lodge, Tha Rangitikei and Our Area, Weather|0 Comments

Whio Whio

Whio Whio Picture in your mind a land, the last major habitable land mass on earth that had not been settled by human beings. These forest covered islands had been isolated for millions of years. They were geologically young, part of the Pacific ring of fire, with volcanoes and earthquakes bringing land up from [...]

By | 2018-12-11T22:52:01+00:00 September 9th, 2018|Blog, Conservation, Environment & Food, Tha Rangitikei and Our Area, Whio|0 Comments

You “Liked” That? So What!

You “Liked” that? So What! Social Media is a great platform for articulating your views. But think about this. How often do you click the “like” button for things that resonate with you. How often do we show our support or agreement by clicking a thumbs up, or when we really like something, we [...]

Harbingers of Spring

Harbingers of Spring When it gets towards the end of winter, what a change a couple of warmer drier weeks can make. What stood out in May, June and a great deal of July here at Pukeokahu on the Rangitikei River in the central North island of New Zealand, was rain, rain and more [...]

By | 2018-12-11T22:52:24+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Blog, Environment & Food, Tha Rangitikei and Our Area|1 Comment

Terrôir and Localism. What’s in it for You?

So, what is the terrôir of your adventure? Does it matter? What about the locals. Who are they? Do they matter? Terrôir is a French term that loosely relates to a “sense of place” and is usually applied to wine. In particular it applies to the unique combination of soil, aspect, sunshine and general [...]

Time to Savour And Memories To Be Treasured

Big Days! In fact, Big Big Days! I have always felt that multi-day river trips are to be enjoyed, to be savoured, to be at least as much as possible, unhurried. They are meant to be a highlight experience, rather than something to be endured. And yet the standard three day trip on the [...]

By | 2018-12-11T22:54:24+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Adventure Travel, Blog, Dories, Environment & Food, Multiday trips|0 Comments