River Valley NZ staff – Brian Megaw
Position at River Valley: Managing Director and Senior River Guide
Rafting or Horse Trekking Guide: River Guide
Hometown/Country: Born and grew up in New Plymouth, but have lived around Taihape, New Zealand since 1978
Background: University drop out (politics and history), worked on gas pipelines, drove big tractors, sheep shearer for a number of years, forestry worker for a little while, raft guide since 1986. Mostly guiding on the Rangitikei here at home, but several other appearances guiding including on the Zambezi and in the USA.
Favourite Music: Country and Rock
Favourite thing about working at River Valley:
- Being a part of something that gets me out of bed and motivated every morning. Something I feel passionate about.
- Still finding joy in being out on the river, especially wilderness overnight trips, and safety catarafting and doing photos over the winter.
- The opportunity to be creative.
Greatest work memory: There are no single ones. A mix though of working with some really good people, and being able to visit some beautiful places (on a regular basis)
Hobbies and Interests: Family, writing, photography and video, catarafting. Still like to be up with the play on current events, and have not lost the interest in history. NZ Warriors fan (Rugby League)
Years as a Guide: Since 1986
Years working at River Valley: Since 1986
Extra Comments: Encouraging people to get outside their comfort zones, whether on a horse or on the river, can for some people be life changing. Another world opens up to them – a more natural world. Seeing this happen can be immensely rewarding.
Is known to comment after some high water cataraft trips – “Sometimes it’s just good for the soul to go and get scared shitless!”
Periodically Brian is available for speaking engagements. His subjects (amongst others) include:
- The River Valley Story
- Rafting the Grand Canyon
- Rafting the Zanskar in India
Each presentation is generally accompanied by a slide show.
If you are interested in Brian speaking to your group then you can contact him by clicking here