Life Returns

By Brian Megaw | December 3, 2017

Life Returns The neighbours look over the fence with bemusement and shake their heads. They wonder what on earth we are doing, and why shouldn't they wonder. The grass is long in our paddocks, in some places almost going to seed, while the horse herd tramples as much grass in each electric fenced daily break [...]

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It Is No Simple Business Naming a Dory

By Brian Megaw | November 27, 2017

It Is No Simple Business Naming a Dory In November 2015, boat builders Brad Dimock and Andy Hutchinson built our two beautiful, wooden, Briggs style river dories. For the first 12 months of their existence, these two dories were essentially nameless (though they did have working names, Zsa Zsa and Eva after the Gabor sisters). [...]

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The Story of Dories in New Zealand

By Brian Megaw | November 14, 2017

The Story of Dories in New Zealand   A few years ago I was invited on a trip on the Whanganui River - The Whanganui Journey. This trip is classified as one of New Zealand's Great Walks, even though it is a 3 - 6 day canoe trip. The river trip itself is beautiful. The [...]

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What Makes The Grade 5 Section of the Rangitikei River Such A Great Rafting Trip?

By Brian Megaw | October 30, 2017

What Makes The Grade 5 Section of the Rangitikei River Such A Great Rafting Trip? The Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei River on the central North Island is often called New Zealand's best half day white water rafting trip. Why? Lets have a look at the main features: The section is 11km in length [...]

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My Imagining Will Become Reality. Will Yours?

By Brian | September 28, 2017

Hail beats down on the roof as yet another thunder shower passes over. The temperature drops quickly from get your jacket off warmth to getting the jacket and a raincoat back on. Puddles quickly refill and the ever present mud gets new life. Horses turn their backsides into the wind, while petals from flowering cherries [...]

Rafting and Horse Treks are not the only things we’re good at.

By rvadmin1 | August 30, 2017

Great Food, Great Wine, Great Coffee in a Great Location. If your ask around town about River Valley lodge usually the answer is that's where you go for rafting. What most people don' t know is you can come visit us just for some great food and wines. We try and grow most of our [...]

Life on the road to River Valley Lodge. How did that happen?

By rvadmin1 | August 18, 2017

Life on the road to River Valley Lodge How did that happen?   If you asked me whether I thought I’d end up here, at River Valley, 18 years ago, I'd honestly have said no, but after thinking about it, my journey here began in the 70’s when on one of my first international tours. [...]

The EPIC Rangitikei Rafting Trip – and how it came to be…

By Kaysanne | August 2, 2017

The EPIC Rangitikei Rafting Trip and how it came to be… One of our long-term senior raft guides that many of you will know, Derek, came to us with an idea last Summer. Derek is an ‘ideas man’; while he is out on the river he is always thinking about the next ‘big thing’ and [...]

The 3 best Multiday Trips to book in for this Summer

By Kaysanne | July 28, 2017

When looking for a trip to book into this Summer, do something different. Pick an adventure out of your comfort zone, that will you teach you something new, that will transform you and leave you wanting more. Each and every multiday trip is totally one-of-a-kind and makes these adventures extra special for the travellers involved. [...]

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