The Laughing Moa Cycle Trail

By Brian Megaw | June 15, 2022

The Laughing Moa Cycle Trail Not far from River Valley is the small settlement of Moawhango. Some kilometres downstream from the River Valley Lodge, the river of the same name, the Moawhango, flows into the main river we raft on, namely the Rangitikei. Moawhango is a Maori placename that translates as noisy or raucous Moa. [...]

Come 1st May 2022, River Valley is Open to the World

By Brian Megaw | March 24, 2022

Come 1st May 2022, River Valley is Open to the World If you plan on a journey to New Zealand, the biggest news in the last couple of weeks has to be the long awaited reopening of New Zealand’s borders to international travellers. This stage of the phased reopening will occur on 1st May 2022. [...]

Reflections on Contrasts

By Brian Megaw | February 15, 2022

Reflections on Contrasts What a difference a few days make! A little over ten days ago, the primary weather concern in our area of the world was an unfolding drought. The landscape was parched, turning from that lovely golden summer brown to the grey-brown of dust. Trees were quickly becoming the only green things to [...]

No Person or Business is an Island

By Brian Megaw | February 1, 2022

No Person or Business is an Island A highlight for me, having worked at River Valley for almost 36 years, has always been the people you meet. Most guests only stay for a night or two, and pre-covid, they were primarily from overseas. This meant we seldom, but not necessarily never, got to see them [...]

The Gentle Annie Cycle Journey

By Brian Megaw | January 20, 2022

The Gentle Annie Cycle Journey Many of you will know that we received the first of our new Giant E-Bikes in December. Since then, the bikes have been in regular use, mainly as freedom hires. How far do most people ride? A popular loop has been what we call the Tour de Moawhango. This route, [...]

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