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. [...]

Are The Goal Posts Moving Again?

By Brian Megaw | December 16, 2023

Are The Goal Posts Moving Again? Operating a business such as River Valley is one in which the goalposts are constantly moving. This is certainly true of the last four years. Two years of COVID, Cyclones, A summer without a summer, A Cost of Living Crisis, and a giant slip into the Rangitikei River on [...]

The last ride for the 2021/22 season

By Dani | April 29, 2022

Yesterday was the last ride for the 2021/22 season. River Valley Stables is now closed for the next 6 months.  We are opening for the 2022/23 season on the 1st of November this year.  River Valley Lodge and the lodge kitchen remain open, (except between the 4th and 28th July). Last month I was sitting [...]

Come 1st May 2022, River Valley is Open to the World

By Brian Megaw | March 24, 2022

Come 1st May 2022, River Valley is Open to the World If you plan on a journey to New Zealand, the biggest news in the last couple of weeks has to be the long awaited reopening of New Zealand’s borders to international travellers. This stage of the phased reopening will occur on 1st May 2022. [...]

The River Valley Ride

By Brian | February 22, 2020

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 taken [...]

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