River Valley Lodge Meet The Team
River Valley Has Grown To Be What It Is Today Through The Passion Of Initially Nicola’s Parents, Brian And Robin Sage. And Since 1986, Brian And Nicola Megaw.
Being away from the main tourist centres, we have tended to develop systems and ways of doing things that are often unique to us. This approach is quite holistic, whether it be Natural Horse Training at the Stables, growing our own vegetables for the Lodge kitchen, having an extended family relationship within the staff, or doing practical things for the natural environment.continue reading
From the very beginning our focus has been on delivering a quality, fun experience to our guests, maintaining good relationships with our local community, and operating with a minimum footprint in our natural environment.
(see Our History page).
During the year we have staff who come and go with the season. Some working summer, and some winter. While Kiwis make up the core of the staff, we welcome people of other nationalities that work with us, and who buy into River Valley being a special place.
We believe it is far more important that our staff are passionate about their jobs,
passionate about delivering great experiences, and passionate about the land,
and the river, than what country they come from.
BrianPosition at River Valley:
Managing Director and Senior River GuideRafting or Horse Trekking Guide:
Born and grew up in New Plymouth, but have lived around Taihape, New Zealand since 1978
Mum, MaammaPosition at River Valley:
Wife of Brian/Life of Brian, Stables Manager, Horse behavioural technician, trekking guideRafting or Horse Trekking Guide:
Retired raft guide, current horse trekking guideHometown/Country:
Taihape, Rangitikei, New Zealand
TomPosition at River Valley:
Senior River GuideRafting or Horse Trekking Guide:
Taihape, New Zealand
MaamPosition at River Valley:
Rafting or Horse Trekking Guide:
CokeyPosition at River Valley:
Head HousekeeperRafting or Horse Trekking Guide:
MaxPosition at River Valley:
3rd Generation River GuideHometown/Country:
Quit building to become a raft guide. Currently quit rafting to be a builder.
Chief Gardener at River Valley AcresHometown/Country:
Taihape, New ZealandHobbies and Interests:
Years at River Valley:
Ranga, RandaPosition at River Valley:
Kitchen & Bar ManagerHometown/Country:
I’m a good old westie….Born and Bred in Helensville, New ZealandBackground:
I studied Cheffing in Auckland 14 years ago
DaniPosition at River Valley:
Digital Media ManagerHometown/Country:
The UK. Unfortunately.Background:
Studied photography at uni, then worked in fashion retail (hence I have so many dresses), then left to go travelling.Came to River Valley on the kiwi bus and loved it so much I came back as a slave, then ended up working as a housekeeper.
Dodger, Grumpy Pants, Roget (with a silent t)Position at River Valley:
The Weasel. Taihape, New ZealandBackground:
Graduated from the School of Hard Knocks with a P.H.D. in Common Sense.