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 [...]

Seasonal Outlooks

By Brian Megaw | October 16, 2023

Seasonal Outlooks Over the years, I have listened to so many seasonal forecasts. I distinctly remember attending a concessionaires meeting in Spring 2022 and being told that the outlook was for drought the coming summer and that we should gear up on that assumption. Of course, what did eventuate? The wettest summer in living memory. [...]

Unprecedented Summer River Flows mean Great Rafting

By Brian Megaw | January 22, 2023

Unprecedented Summer River Flows mean Great Rafting A typical summer rafting season on an undammed free flowing North Island, New Zealand river such as our home river, the Rangitikei, works something like this. Spring – September to mid-November – plenty of water, but overall, river flows tend to taper off by late November, but even [...]

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. [...]

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