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A River Dance

A River Dance Come to the end of autumn all our summer seasonal guides have left for other, normally warmer climes. This departure means the rafting guide crew is predominately family and local guides. This time of year is also when I seem to do most of my raft guiding. Being winter, I am [...]

By | 2019-06-27T11:35:50+00:00 June 27th, 2019|Articles, Blog, Guides and Guiding, Rafting|0 Comments

River Lessons – What I Have Learned From A Lifetime On The River

River Lessons – What I have Learned from a Lifetime on the River Having spent a good deal of my working life either guiding on rivers, mostly the Rangitikei, or working in some other way associated with that pursuit, I thought it might be a good time to reflect a little on what those [...]

Back On The River

Back on the River Being not far away from my 61st birthday, I thought my days of rafting customers on the Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei River were over. Recently, that has proved not to be the case. Winter is always when the older experienced senior guides come out of the woodwork. This [...]

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

A River Rescue Workshop

A River Rescue Workshop Going white-water rafting and not sure what safety systems are in place? Read on! You may not know it, but New Zealand has one of the most highly regulated white-water rafting industries in the world. This level of regulation seeks to ensure that people going rafting are [...]

Do You Have A Question About White Water Rafting?

For people with limited time, which 1 day rafting experience do we recommend?   River Valley offer two half day or day rafting trips. The first of these is the half day Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei River. If excitement and adrenaline is what you after, then this is the trip for you. This [...]

By | 2019-06-26T11:56:13+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Adventure Travel, Blog, Multiday trips, Rafting|1 Comment

My Imagining Will Become Reality. Will Yours?

Hail beats down on the roof as yet another thunder shower passes over. The temperature drops quickly from get your jacket off warmth to getting the jacket and a raincoat back on. Puddles quickly refill and the ever present mud gets new life. Horses turn their backsides into the wind, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T20:55:49+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Blog, Rafting|0 Comments

Rafting and Horse Treks are not the only things we’re good at.

Great Food, Great Wine, Great Coffee in a Great Location. If your ask around town about River Valley lodge usually the answer is that's where you go for rafting. What most people don' t know is you can come visit us just for some great food and wines. [...]

By | 2017-09-28T22:56:00+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Blog|3 Comments