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It’s Early October – What’s Happening at River Valley

It is time for another River Valley update. What a busy couple of weeks it has been! We have certainly gone up several gears in a short time. Here are a few of the highlights of what has been happening (in no particular order). A wedding. Yes, there [...]

What Are the Booking Trends at River Valley for the Coming Season?

What have you to look forward to at River Valley these coming warmer months? It is that time of year when our forward bookings really start to pick up. Whether by phone, email or direct from the website, increasing numbers of people are planning and booking their River Valley experience. So [...]

Doers or Viewers?

Doers or Viewers? We had a very negative, but short, Trip Advisor review the other day. The issue appeared to be that we would not give out our business Wi-Fi password to a guest while we were upgrading our customer Wi-fi service with new equipment. Of course, if the customer had needed the service [...]

With The Grand Daughters On The Whanganui River

With the Grand Daughters on the Whanganui River I tossed and turned that night after making the offer. An offer which was immediately accepted I might add. What was that offer? What had started as a very cruisy commercial four day dory trip on the Whanganui River, with me basically offering [...]

The Role of Corporates in the Tourism Industry

The Role of Corporates in the Tourism Industry What is the role of big (by New Zealand standards) corporate companies in the New Zealand Tourism scene? I think this subject needs some thinking about as we see the slow buy up and consolidation of smaller private and family owned enterprises by bigger enterprises. These [...]

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

Spring on the Ngaruroro River

Spring On The Ngaruroro River One of my favourite Spring rafting trips is a two-day sojourn on the Ngaruroro River (nah-roo-raw-raw) in sunny Hawkes Bay. This smallish river is born in the Kaweka and Kaimanawa ranges. It’s journey to the sea takes it through native tree lined gorges before it’s mad rush slows down, [...]

By | 2018-12-11T22:54:02+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Adventure Travel, Blog, Multiday trips|0 Comments

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 [...]

Time to Savour And Memories To Be Treasured

Big Days! In fact, Big Big Days! I have always felt that multi-day river trips are to be enjoyed, to be savoured, to be at least as much as possible, unhurried. They are meant to be a highlight experience, rather than something to be endured. And yet the standard three day trip on the [...]

By | 2018-12-11T22:54:24+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Adventure Travel, Blog, Dories, Environment & Food, Multiday trips|0 Comments