Is this the Year you Experience a Multi-Day Rafting Trip?

By rvadmin1 | April 29, 2017

Is this the Year you Experience a Multi-Day Rafting Trip? Over the last few weeks we have been busy plotting out the departure dates for multi-day trips for next season (2017/2018), which are now all available for booking on the website. Excitingly, we have opened up more multi-day departure dates than ever before! Most of [...]

The Great PukeokaHu man vs Horse Marathon – A Recount

By rvadmin1 | April 12, 2017

The Great PukeokaHu man vs Horse Marathon – A Recount The annual Human vs Horse marathon took place a week ago now; the great endurance race between two legs and four. Severe flooding from Ex Cyclone Debbie throughout the North Island the week before had the committee organisers of the event a bit worried leading [...]

Rafting – Not just for the Thrill Seekers

By rvadmin1 | April 4, 2017

We often overhear discussions by visitors around the lodge that suggest rafting is only for the young and adventurous thrill-seekers. This year has proven this statement to be not only untrue, but in many cases not even the norm. Rafting attracts such an array of people; all ages, diverse backgrounds, varying abilities and assorted personalities. [...]

Saying Goodbye to our Summer Family

By rvadmin1 | March 29, 2017

This week is a particularly sad one for us. As the quieter seasons approach we wave off about half of our summer staff over the next couple of days. River Valley seems to attract all sorts; a handful of the seasonal staff from around New Zealand and the rest from all around the world. Many [...]

River Recipes No. 2: Courgette Chutney

By rvadmin1 | March 15, 2017

River Recipes No. 2: Courgette Chutney So sticking with our theme of cooking what we are getting out of the garden currently, this week’s recipe is Melissa’s Courgette Chutney. However, really what we are using at the moment are Marrow now as they have grown so large… Melissa’s Courgette Chutney This recipe is so simple! [...]

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Women of the Whitewater

By rvadmin1 | March 8, 2017

Women of the Whitewater Its International Women’s Day today, an important day particularly given the current political climate. On this one day of the year we celebrate the achievements of great women who have paved the way against adversity, but also to recognise that there is still inequality among so many facets of society. Women [...]

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Which Month Should You Take A Multi Day River Trip?

By rvadmin1 | March 2, 2017

Here we are in early March. We are presently enjoying some beautiful settled warm weather. This got me to thinking about enjoying this weather out on the river. But a step back first. This summer season we had the busiest multi day rafting season we have ever had. Each year it seems more people discover [...]

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Kids in Nature

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Is there anything more satisfying then building your own hotel? I mean the kind that is built out of drift wood and rocks amongst a clearing of reeds. You fashion a makeshift broom out of a leafy branch and sweep the ground to create a marble finish on your hotel floor. You serve a warm [...]

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River Recipes No.1: Forager’s Frittata

By rvadmin1 | February 22, 2017

Miranda’s ‘Forager’s Frittata’ Head to the garden/fridge to gather a selection of the following: - Greens: Kale, spinach, chives, parsley, rosemary, rocket, edible flowers - Vegies: Tomatoes, Courgette and Onions and/or any leftover vegies available - Cheese: Feta, blue cheese and/or cheddar cheese - Egg Mix: 12 eggs and ¾ cup of cream whisked together [...]

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It’s Duckie Time!

By rvadmin1 | February 14, 2017

Years ago, river guides here at River Valley found late summer and early autumn a frustrating time of year - especially for getting out on the water on the Rangitikei River. The Rangitikei River is natural flow, meaning no dams, and river levels that respond to rain or the lack of rain. Generally in our [...]

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