Choosing the Right River Valley Adventure

By rvadmin1 | November 21, 2016

Choosing the Right River Valley Adventure There is a widely held popular idea that white water rafting is only for "Adventurers". These adventurers are generally profiled as being young and fit risk takers. While it is true that many of our rafting clients do fit this type of profile, many other people that experience the [...]

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The Story of Comms

By rvadmin1 | November 8, 2016

Muscle and speed. Back in the 1980s when I started guiding, emergency communications or comms consisted of muscle and speed. That meant someone either running overland, or paddling as fast down the river as possible to raise an alarm. How times have changed! However for us it is still not as easy as dragging out [...]

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On The Road to Somewhere

By rvadmin1 | October 31, 2016

The road we have chosen to take at River Valley is not the normal road that most Adventure tourism companies would take. We really got on to our road, and started gathering some momentum, when we became involved in conservation projects a number of years ago. These projects are ongoing and include predator control and [...]

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A Water Conservation Order on the Ngaruroro River?

By rvadmin1 | October 26, 2016

A Water Conservation Order on the Ngaruroro River? During Labour Weekend just gone - October 22nd and 23rd 2016 - myself, Janey and Eddie were lucky enough to help organise and run a special overnight trip on the Ngaruroro River in Hawkes Bay. The occasion for this trip was a celebration of the first hurdles [...]

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Reflections on water

By rvadmin1 | July 17, 2016

Reflections on a River Why 23 Times? “What has kept you coming back for 23 times?” I was sitting at the table with a group of people at a restaurant at Marble Cliffs, not far from Lee’s Ferry, the put on point for a Colorado River Grand Canyon rafting trip. One of the people at [...]

Baby Boomers increasingly finding outdoor adventure

By rvadmin1 | June 17, 2016

Surfs Up For The Beach Boy Generation I was there, late 1977, or was it 1978? The Beach Boys in concert at Western Springs in Auckland, New Zealand. Brian Wilson, the truly gifted member of the band was there in spirit only as he idly tapped at the piano. He was going through his mental [...]

Adventure Holidays at River Valley, North Island, New Zealand

By rvadmin1 | May 17, 2016

5 Decisions You Should Make When Planning a River Valley Adventure Holiday Are the standard summer holiday options not exciting you? You know, heaps of traffic, crowded holiday spots, seemingly a never ending drain on your Credit Card. And at the end of it all, did you actually have any fun? Have You Considered a [...]

How Dangerous is White Water Rafting?

By rvadmin1 | May 15, 2016

Just How Dangerous Is White Water Rafting? If you follow the media about accidents involving adventure pursuits, then at some stage you will see headlines about some fatality on a white water rafting trip. The media take on it will be full of drama and finger pointing. Does the media actually have a point? Just [...]

Family multi day rafting trip, Rangitikei River, New Zealand

By rvadmin1 | April 29, 2016

Afloat With Three Men, Two Children And Two Boats At the back of all our minds was - "What if the weather really packs it in and we have a cold Autumn storm come through. Winds, rain and plummeting temperatures. Cold children, packing wet cold gear each morning, putting on wet gear, having to put [...]

What to take on a multi day rafting or horseback riding adventure

By rvadmin1 | April 24, 2016

What Do You Think Makes up The Essentials? There you are. You have booked your multi day adventure, either rafting or horseback riding, and it has come time to pack. Time to pack "The Essentials". Now packing the essentials has somewhat different meanings to different people. Even with the aid of the recommended packing list, [...]

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