Embracing Seasonality

By Brian Megaw | May 26, 2024

Embracing Seasonality For much of River Valley's existence, we have fought the problem of seasonality. Why is seasonality a problem? Tourism, and adventure tourism, in particular, is generally a seasonal business. That holds true whether it is winter pursuits such as skiing or the myriad of summer outdoor activities that can be on  offer. For [...]

A More Normal Summer

By Brian Megaw | January 19, 2024

A More Normal Summer A more normal summer at River Valley Lodge on the Rangitikei River? I think so. We have been experiencing some beautiful warm and hot days of late, though today we have needed warm rain, replenishing pastures that had started to burn off and, no doubt, topping up the river by tonight. [...]

Can Tourism Help Small Communities?

By Brian Megaw | May 3, 2023

Can Tourism Help Small Communities? Here are a few thoughts and observations regarding the effects of tourism on small communities after having just ridden the Alps to Ocean Cycleway. The Alps to Ocean Cycleway is one of New Zealand’s Great Rides. It starts at either Aoraki/Mt. Cook or at Tekapo. Over the following days of [...]

Fresh Eyes: What a Fantastic Country We Live In

By Brian Megaw | April 6, 2023

Fresh Eyes: What a Fantastic Country We Live In Some friends recently stayed at home with their motorhome for a few days. From Taihape, they journeyed south to explore Cape Palliser, Castle Point and Riversdale Beach, all on the Southeast Coast of the North Island. Amongst the messages, I got from them was this one. [...]

Picking Yourself Up Again

By Brian Megaw | February 21, 2023

Picking Yourself Up Again Picking Yourself Up Again I can only barely comprehend the scale of damage that Cyclone Gabrielle has wrought on parts of the North Island, especially just over the Ruahine Range in Hawkes Bay. There will be a staggering cost in money, materials, time and mental health before the devastation is remotely [...]

To Take That Photo or Not?

By Brian Megaw | February 9, 2023

To Take That Photo or Not? Over the last few years, farming and farmers have taken a bad rap. Most of this bad rap has been driven by the impact farming practices have on the environment. These impacts range from methane emissions from bovine animals, cattle in particular, contributing to global climate change, to the [...]

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