No Person or Business is an Island

By Brian Megaw | February 1, 2022

No Person or Business is an Island A highlight for me, having worked at River Valley for almost 36 years, has always been the people you meet. Most guests only stay for a night or two, and pre-covid, they were primarily from overseas. This meant we seldom, but not necessarily never, got to see them [...]

The Gentle Annie Cycle Journey

By Brian Megaw | January 20, 2022

The Gentle Annie Cycle Journey Many of you will know that we received the first of our new Giant E-Bikes in December. Since then, the bikes have been in regular use, mainly as freedom hires. How far do most people ride? A popular loop has been what we call the Tour de Moawhango. This route, [...]

Hope

By Brian Megaw | December 28, 2021

Hope I am writing this in that space of a few days between Christmas and New Year. Why I am writing is to reach out to those who follow River Valley and thank you for your support over yet another challenging year. While most of you may not have had the opportunity to visit, knowing [...]

E-Bikes at The Valley

By Brian Megaw | December 16, 2021

E-Bikes at The Valley I went for a ride on my e-bike yesterday morning. It was a 24 km run, around to the small village of Moawhango. A ride on an e-bike at that time of day through the beautiful countryside of our area in the northern Rangitikei District was something to really put a [...]

Recipe: The Best Dressing Ever!

By Dani | December 4, 2021

Recipes From the River Valley Kitchen The Best Dressing Ever! Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Vegan From our kitchen manager Miranda Aylward So easy and quick to make!  Drizzle this dressing all over a fresh, Summer salad, or some grilled veggies. Ingredients: 4 Cloves of garlic 1/3 Cup of tahini A BIG handful of mint, [...]

Respect Goes Both Ways

By Brian Megaw | December 1, 2021

Respect Goes Both Ways Recently the New Zealand government came out with a new system of covid alert levels called the traffic light system. This new system will come into effect on the 3rd December 2021. There are plenty of details online about how it works in general, so I will not take up any [...]

Staying in the Current

By Brian Megaw | November 17, 2021

Staying in the Current Since I guided my first raft in 1986, the rafting "industry" has seen many changes. One of the most important of these has been the development and improvement of guide skills. Being a raft guide in New Zealand now means holding a qualification, with sections of that qualification needing to be [...]

The Reluctant Wedding Planner

By Brian Megaw | October 29, 2021

The Reluctant Wedding Planner Back in what seems to me to be the distant past, River Valley was first and foremost an adventure company. We cut our teeth in the early 1980s on the Grade 5 white water rafting section of the North Island’s Rangitikei River. This stretch of river, voted by Red Bull as [...]

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 [...]

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