Changed By Landscape

By Brian Megaw | July 29, 2022

Who Moulds Who? In landscapes where human beings have resided for a long time, often thousands of years, you can see the impact those many generations have had. Hedgerows, drainage ditches, old stone walls, derelict buildings and, on occasion, much older evidence of habitation. Terraced hillsides and meandering paths, some having been in use for [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

From Zero to Ten is Huge!

By Brian Megaw | April 25, 2022

From Zero to Ten is Huge! For the last decade or more, a dedicated group of volunteers have been sacrificing their weekends to take to the bush, and around here, that means the steep and rugged Ruahine Ranges. However, they are not sacrificing their weekends just for some ramble through the woods. Instead, they have [...]

I Want to Have a Big Environmental Footprint

By Brian Megaw | April 20, 2022

I Want to Have a Big Environmental Footprint What would you think if someone said to you they wanted to have a big, in fact, a massive environmental footprint? Your first reaction would probably be to wonder exactly what was going on in that person’s head. After all, don’t the recommendations of the IPCC and [...]

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 Opportunities for Beauty

By Brian Megaw | March 21, 2022

The Opportunities for Beauty I have never been convinced that New Zealand's climate change obligations can be at least partially met by the blanketing of our landscape in the ugliness of monoculture pine trees. It is not just the monotony of this type of forestry, but also, as I see it, there are so many [...]

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 [...]

Into the Dark

By Brian Megaw | February 24, 2022

Into the Dark How do we value that which may be lost forever? Extinction – a situation in which something no longer exists (Cambridge Dictionary) For many people, extinction is just another word. I have had several conversations around this subject and especially thought about it more as I cleared stoat traps yesterday on a [...]

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