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What’s in a Name?

What's In A Name? On every river throughout the world where rafting, canoeing and kayaking takes place, rapids have been named. These names, the origins of which have sometimes been lost, often tell a story of an incident, while others are named after a natural rock or water feature. These stories offer glimpses into [...]

By | 2018-12-12T02:49:04+00:00 December 7th, 2018|Adventure Travel, Blog, Rafting, Tha Rangitikei and Our Area|0 Comments

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 [...]

Customer Feedback Award for Accommodation of the Year

Customer Feedback Award for Accommodation of the Year This is a time of year when I really struggle to discipline myself to write. As I sit here in my office and look outside, the garden with a myriad of brightly coloured flowers and the lush green of the lawn are glowing in beautiful spring [...]

By | 2018-12-11T22:51:47+00:00 October 9th, 2018|Blog, Lodge, social media, Tha Rangitikei and Our Area|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 [...]

Exploring the Rangitikei River, North Island, New Zealand

You Know - It's All About The Meaning of Life and What to Cook for Dinner The section of the Rangitikei River from River Valley Lodge to the sea does not exceed Grade 2 (very easy), with long stretches with no rapids worth the name at all. After the first 50 [...]