Adventure tourism business end of season, staff relations

By rvadmin1 | April 17, 2016

What's Involved in the Big Wrap Up? January and February are frantic. Lots of people, mountains of food, staff a little stressed with busyness, vehicles dashing here and there picking up and dropping off, horse treks off over the hills, rafts and inflatable kayaks on water every day on a number of different trips. Still [...]

Exploring the Rangitikei River, North Island, New Zealand

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You Know - It's All About The Meaning of Life and What to Cook for Dinner The section of the Rangitikei River from River Valley Lodge to the sea does not exceed Grade 2 (very easy), with long stretches with no rapids worth the name at all. After the first 50 km these sections of [...]

Rangitikei River name, the legend of Hau

By rvadmin1 | April 10, 2016

The Day To Take Great Strides Hau, an ancient Maori warrior, had been on the journey from Taranaki for many days. He had crossed rivers, trudged through swamps, climbed hills and traveled bush clad trails in pursuit of his errant wife and her lover. Perhaps feeling that those he chased were not far ahead of [...]

Central North Island adventures, New Zealand

By rvadmin1 | April 3, 2016

5 Great Summer Adventures in the Central North Island of New Zealand The central North Island of New Zealand is deservedly well known for Tongariro National Park and the mighty volcanoes of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Rupaehu that stand majestically at its heart. These mountains are home to New Zealand's largest ski fields, Whakapapa and Turoa, [...]

Avoiding complacency and burn out with adventure guiding staff

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The Escape from Complacency Snowflakes swirled around us, while low hanging dark clouds obscured the majesty of the surrounding mountains. No one really voiced what we were all thinking, namely we had to be crazy. Why would anybody go on a river trip in conditions like that? Have you ever wondered how a river guide [...]

Being a River Philosopher on a multi day rafting trip

By rvadmin1 | March 3, 2016

"Hearing people telling their personal stories is always a privilege. Being able to listen properly, in an atmosphere of trust, becomes easy in the natural world where time is no longer the preoccupation and there are none of the usual day to day distractions. I came away from the trip feeling much closer to the [...]

100% Pure, environmental challenges, river degradation

By rvadmin1 | January 15, 2016

What Price 100% Pure? Water as clear as Gin Having been a river guide for 27 years I believe I am well qualified to comment on the subtle slow changes I have observed in the river environment on which I have spent more of my working life than would be the norm, even of those [...]

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Best white water rafting trips in New Zealand

By rvadmin1 | December 17, 2015

Top 5 Best White Water Rafting Day Trips in New Zealand New Zealand is a young land with tectonic forces still aggressively pushing the mountainous spines of both major Islands upward. Combine these mountain ranges with generous amounts of rain and what you get is some of the best technical white water rivers on the [...]

Ngaruroro River Rafting

By rvadmin1 | November 17, 2015

Capturing the Ngaruroro Taking part in a River Valley rafting adventure on the Ngaruroro River shows us a different view to how most of us normally view its waters, ending as it does at the Waitangi Estuary near Clive, its muddied form mingling with the Tutaekuri River before it empties into the Pacific. Sourced in [...]

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Finding the Right Family Rafting Trip

By rvadmin1 | October 17, 2015

How To Find The Right Family Rafting Trip Peter had this to say about the trip. “The total sense of isolation and wilderness began within 10 minutes of launching the rafts, and lasted until we saw some fishermen an hour before reaching the take-out site. This was exactly what we had been looking for when [...]

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