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 [...]

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. [...]

The Gentle Annie and Concept Number 2

By Brian Megaw | March 2, 2022

The Gentle Annie and Concept Number 2 An old saying is that the best laid plans seldom survive their first brush with reality. So has been the case with our original plans for a set date departure for our Gentle Annie Cycle Journey. Our idea was a departure in March and another at an undetermined [...]

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 [...]

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