Is This Just A Load of Red Bull or Is It a Case of World Famous in Taihape?

By Brian | October 25, 2019

Is This Just A Load of Red Bull or Is It a Case of World Famous in Taihape? A traveller went rafting with us the other day. The trip he did was on the Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei River. He was probably in his mid-30s and travelling alone. Often, people travelling alone like [...]

River Valley, Kiwi Experience and Relationships

By Brian | October 19, 2019

River Valley, Kiwi Experience and Relationships On Saturday night, the 12th October, Nicola, Janey, Tom and I went to the Kiwi Experience Birthday party held in Auckland. This party, which was quite a big fun affair, celebrated the 30th birthday of the company that has become New Zealand’s leading hop on, hop off, adventure travel [...]

It’s Early October – What’s Happening at River Valley

By Brian | October 12, 2019

It’s Early October - What’s Happening at River Valley It is time for another River Valley update. What a busy couple of weeks it has been! We have certainly gone up several gears in a short time. Here are a few of the highlights of what has been happening (in no particular order). A wedding. [...]

A Bunch of Questions, A Few Statements But Even Fewer Answers

By Brian | October 4, 2019

A Bunch of Questions, A Few Statements But Even Fewer Answers In this time of climatic change and uncertainty, I have come across a few questions and statements that for whatever reason resonated with me – whether that resonation was to acknowledge they were true, or false, or bore further thought. Here is my take [...]

What Are the Booking Trends at River Valley for the Coming Season?

By Brian | September 27, 2019

What Are the Booking Trends at River Valley for the Coming Season? What have you to look forward to at River Valley these coming warmer months? It is that time of year when our forward bookings really start to pick up. Whether by phone, email or direct from the website, increasing numbers of people are [...]

Bad Press Hide Positive Developments on Farms

By Brian | September 19, 2019

Bad Press Hide Positive Developments on Farms Do farmers get a bad press in New Zealand? Depending on what you read or hear, and who wrote it or said it, the answer is either yes or no. Unfortunately, views on both sides have become increasingly polarised. What, for the most part, has driven this polarisation [...]

That Time of Year

By Brian | September 13, 2019

Goings on at the Valley The wild weather of early Spring is truly here. When the sun is out, and the wind tends to the north, the days are warm. When the sun is not out, and the wind tends to the south, temperatures plunge. The ground quickly becomes sodden, but also quickly dries, as [...]

The Family and New Blood in the Business of River Valley

By Brian | September 5, 2019

The Family and New Blood in the Business of River Valley What was in many ways a fairly momentous change for the future of River Valley recently occurred at the local Taihape Solicitors office. This change felt a long time coming. It had been worked on and talked about for three years, if not longer. [...]

Almost Seed Sowing Time

By Brian | August 16, 2019

Almost Seed Sowing Time Why is it that when you are young, you think you can change the world? When I first came to Pukeokahu, Taihape, I was certainly full of thoughts around what could be achieved in making a better world. If not for everyone else, at least for myself and those close to [...]

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