After the Darkness of Winter and Lockdowns, We All Need Time in Nature

By Brian Megaw | September 17, 2021

After the darkness of winter and the frustrations of Covid induced lockdowns, it is that time of year when our thoughts inevitably move towards the warm long days of summer. For the team at River Valley, warmer days and more sunshine lead to thoughts of multi-day river trips! We cannot be the only people with [...]

Looking for Feedback – Cycling, the New Golf?

By Brian Megaw | September 10, 2021

In this post, I would like to present an idea we have and get your feedback. You can either comment on Facebook or send Brian an email – brian@rivervalley.co.nz In these changing times, with the effects of Covid likely to last for years, businesses like River Valley have some real challenges. We have to adapt, [...]

What to Expect When Travelling in New Zealand this Summer

By Brian Megaw | August 31, 2021

As I write this post, in New Zealand, we are about to enter our third week of lockdown. New Covid cases dropped in the last 24 hours, encouraging signs that this outbreak is coming under control. Will it be the last lockdown as we continue the struggle to keep the population safe? Probably not. The [...]

What is Normal?

By Brian Megaw | August 12, 2021

Of late, I have been thinking about what is meant by the often used comment “when everything gets back to normal.” What I have been wondering about is, what is normal? I think it best that I use some examples to outline my thinking. Land Use and the Food We Eat Have you ever considered [...]

The Challenge of Staffing a Tourism Business as we plan for the 2021 – 2022 Season

By Brian Megaw | July 21, 2021

Some of the River Valley staff, pre-covid   There is no doubt that hospitality and tourism are people industries. Lousy service – there is a post for a future date! – can quickly break a business, damaging both its reputation and its finances. The key to excellent service is having great people. Having great people [...]

After Operating a Tourism Business for Over 30 Years, What Do I Think Success Means?

By Brian Megaw | July 1, 2021

Whether we are conditioned to believe, or whether it is innately within us, the desire for success can be strong but not uniform in humans. Of course, the rub is, the definition of success is a slippery thing, both changing over time and reflecting life circumstances. I have learned a few things regarding the pursuit [...]

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