The last ride for the 2021/22 season

By Dani | April 29, 2022

Yesterday was the last ride for the 2021/22 season. River Valley Stables is now closed for the next 6 months.  We are opening for the 2022/23 season on the 1st of November this year.  River Valley Lodge and the lodge kitchen remain open, (except between the 4th and 28th July). Last month I was sitting [...]

Staying in the Current

By Brian Megaw | November 17, 2021

Staying in the Current Since I guided my first raft in 1986, the rafting "industry" has seen many changes. One of the most important of these has been the development and improvement of guide skills. Being a raft guide in New Zealand now means holding a qualification, with sections of that qualification needing to be [...]

Spring 2020. The Return of the Weekend Warrior

By Brian | June 29, 2020

Spring 2020. The Return of the Weekend Warrior 1988 and the rafting season was pumping. Well, pumping (busy) that is, for that time and place. Set out below is what a typical week looked like for a rafting and adventure lodge business in those times: Monday – housekeeping, cleaning up after the weekend Tuesday – [...]

What Constitutes Value

By Brian | May 21, 2020

What Constitutes Value? Something I was concerned about when we set up the recent survey we sent out was, how do people perceive value? What concerned me was, would respondents understand that value was not necessarily price, though it could be. As the point of the survey was to find out just what our customers [...]

Your Thoughts on What River Valley Provides – Survey Results

By Brian | May 14, 2020

Your Thoughts on What River Valley Provides – Survey Results Firstly, I would like to thank everyone, several hundred; in fact, who contributed to the recent survey we put up. The purpose of the survey was to help us understand better what you, our guests and customers, really valued about a River Valley experience, but [...]

The River Valley Ride

By Brian | February 22, 2020

Doubting Thomas Eats Humble Pie After several years of planning, more than a few doubts – as much from husbands (such as me) as anybody else, the first River Valley 8 Day Ride concluded on Monday with many a very happy rider. This multi-day horse trek, which has been my wife, Nicola’s, project, has taken [...]

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