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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 [...]

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 [...]

Does Anyone Really Care?

Does Anyone Really Care? I recently read some disturbing comments made by Sudima Hotels director Les Morgan. These were published in the tourism trade newsletter, Inside Tourism. He had been asked if his company had addressed sustainability issues. His reply was that first, the business had to be sustainable economically. He then went on [...]

The Bigger Better Vegetable Garden

The Bigger, Better, Vegetable Garden If you have either visited River Valley in recent years, or been following us online, you will know that a strong part of our ethic is attempting to be a regenerative business. A business that has a primary aim to benefit the land, nature, local community, family, [...]

By | 2019-01-02T21:53:13+00:00 October 14th, 2018|Blog, Environment & Food, Permaculture|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 | 2018-12-30T23:32:00+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

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 [...]