Embracing Seasonality

By Brian Megaw | May 26, 2024

Embracing Seasonality For much of River Valley's existence, we have fought the problem of seasonality. Why is seasonality a problem? Tourism, and adventure tourism, in particular, is generally a seasonal business. That holds true whether it is winter pursuits such as skiing or the myriad of summer outdoor activities that can be on  offer. For [...]

A More Normal Summer

By Brian Megaw | January 19, 2024

A More Normal Summer A more normal summer at River Valley Lodge on the Rangitikei River? I think so. We have been experiencing some beautiful warm and hot days of late, though today we have needed warm rain, replenishing pastures that had started to burn off and, no doubt, topping up the river by tonight. [...]

Do You Like an Exploratory Bike Ride?

By Brian Megaw | October 22, 2023

Do You Like an Exploratory Bike Ride? Over the years of being a river guide, I have always felt excitement and anticipation when on a new river. It did not matter too much whether that was on an easier graded river or something more challenging. What lay around the next corner? How difficult were any [...]

The Return of What Was Missing

By Brian Megaw | March 27, 2023

The Return of What Was Missing In one of my last posts, I recounted Cyclone Gabrielle's effects on one of our trap lines. Roughly one-third of the traps are gone, with the Rangitikei River reaching heights not seen for decades and certainly not since most of the traps were initially installed some ten years ago. [...]

Gabrielle, The River, and The Birds

By Brian Megaw | March 13, 2023

Gabrielle, The River, and The Birds Last week I spent a day checking the Stoat trap line we have downstream from River Valley Lodge on the Rangitikei River. This particular line of about 40 traps consists of a mix of DOC 200 single and double, kill traps. The primary target species are stoats, but we [...]

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