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 [...]

What has a Papal Indulgence and Carbon Offsetting got in Common?

By Brian Megaw | June 22, 2021

It was the year 1095. The Moslem Seljuk Turks were threatening the Christian Byzantine Empire, whose capital was Constantinople, modern-day Istanbul. They were also threatening Christian communities throughout Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) and the ease of passage for pilgrims to the Holy Land – modern-day Israel and surrounding area. At the Council of Clermont, Pope Urban [...]

Why River Valley Lodge is a Great Venue for a PDC

By Brian Megaw | June 12, 2021

I was challenged by one of the tutors for our October Permaculture Design Certificate course – Guenther Andraschko - to write a piece about why River Valley Lodge is an excellent venue for such a course. This challenge followed Guenther visiting us in late autumn. First some background River Valley Lodge is situated in the [...]

How Did the 2020 – 2021 Season Work Out for River Valley?

By Brian Megaw | May 23, 2021

Sometimes I think you have to be careful with thinking about what you wish for. For quite some time, a few years in fact, I would say the family as a whole have thought and talked about taking River Valley in a different direction. The questions so often revolved around what this new direction looked [...]

Designing for the Future – the River Valley Permaculture Design Certificate Course

By Brian Megaw | May 13, 2021

When we think about having a lighter touch on the earth, what no doubt comes to mind at first thought is the likes of recycling, planting a few trees and maybe less fossil-fueled travel, especially in big aircraft heading overseas. However, if we are honest, we don’t know what to do beyond this to make [...]

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