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Food From a Micro Farm

Food From a Micro Farm Last weekend I attended a workshop about market gardening on a micro scale. As you may be aware, we grow as much of the fresh vegetable produce as we can that is used in the Lodge kitchen. I attended because I was interested in how we could grow more [...]

Ours By Right

Ours By Right This last summer, new signs went up by the popular swimming spot on the Rangitikei River outside River Valley Lodge. The signs are part of a nationwide initiative set up throughout New Zealand and administered by Regional Councils, in our case Horizons. Regional Councils in New Zealand, amongst their other roles, [...]

There is Something Fishy in This Picture

There is Something Fishy in This Picture A fisherman stands thigh deep in a crystal-clear mountain fed stream. He casts, sending his line to softly settle on the stream surface. The fly, an imitation of an insect, floats enticingly, daring any hungry trout to rise and strike. Strike the fish does. A [...]

Memories of Starlings and Streams. Why Are They Important?

Memories of Starlings and Streams. Why Are They Important? One of the most vivid memories I have from my childhood was each evening watching the waves of Starlings coming home to roost. Their roost was a stretch of old bamboo, probably about 50 metres in length. The noise of calls, chirps, general greetings, squabbling [...]

Why Are The Rules Like This?

Why Are The Rules Like This? A few days ago, one of our senior river guides gave us a heads up that he had been offered a more “normal” job, a change of career, and that he was seriously considering taking up the offer. The job comes with a reasonable salary plus a house. [...]

Topsoil By Another Name?

Topsoil by Another Name? Christmas Eve night was wet here in Pukeokahu, east of Taihape on the central North Island of New Zealand. The rain was part of a weather pattern that had hung around for a few days. This weather pattern consisted of heat build ups during the day followed by afternoon or [...]

Speaking from The Heart?

Speaking from The Heart? Why is there an issue for anyone around speaking out about what is ethical and fair for people and the planet? Why by speaking out do you pick up a brand of being somehow a greenie loopy? That by speaking out, or writing about these issues you are being unrealistic, [...]

Thoughts on Using Holistic Grazing Management with a Horse Trekking Herd

Thoughts on Using Holistic Grazing Management with a Horse Trekking Herd As I write this it is the 18th December here at Pukeokahu on the central plateau hill country of the North Island of New Zealand. This is early summer, with the long days really starting to heat up. Out on the horse pasture, [...]

So, What Is in These Names?

So, What Is in These Names? Following last weeks blog which gave a brief history of some of the rapid names on the popular Grade 5 white water section of the Rangitikei River, I have had some feedback about my understanding of the history of those names, and some clarification on who and why [...]

By | 2018-12-22T02:44:26+00:00 December 17th, 2018|Adventure Travel, Blog, Rafting, Tha Rangitikei and Our Area|0 Comments

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