Is Tourism an Extractive or Stewardship Industry?

By Brian Megaw | April 19, 2021

Milford Sound, New Zealand When I, and I imagine most people, think of mining, we think of enormous holes in the ground with colossal machinery lumbering like ants upon the devastation. Whether it be mountain top removal for coal, mineral extraction for precious metals or the grotesqueness of tar sand operations, we all have a [...]

The Story of Green Gold and How It Relates to Our Landscape

By Brian Megaw | April 9, 2021

As I sit here in my office writing this post, we are experiencing light and very welcome, warm rain outside. Our parched landscape needs this moisture. While this summer has not been as dry as some we have endured over the last few years; it was still more than dry enough. Over the last several [...]

Can the Problem also Contain a Solution?

By Brian Megaw | April 1, 2021

With the introduction of the much anticipated new freshwater regulations in New Zealand, there will be even further pressure on farmers to fence livestock, cattle in particular, out of rivers and streams. Much fencing and planting have already been done, but there is more to do. The legislation aims to clean up our waterways. These [...]

End of an Era and the Beginnings of a New One

By Brian Megaw | March 25, 2021

For businesses, one enduring memory of the Covid pandemic will be the questions asked around “what now” and “what does the future look like”. Here at River Valley, we have asked ourselves these questions and come up with some answers that involve taking our business in a new direction. I have outlined some of that [...]

Journeys in Deliciousness

By Brian Megaw | March 17, 2021

Over the last several years, an increasingly important part of the River Valley experience has been the quality, taste and freshness of the food offered from our Lodge kitchen. Or to sum it up, as our Chef, Miranda, would say, a story of deliciousness. There are several reasons for this evolution. In the past, our [...]

A Day on the Whanganui River in a Dory

By Brian Megaw | February 25, 2021

My warm sleeping bag and comfy sleeping pad feel like the place to stay this early in the morning. But it is 6.15 am, at this time of year still not quite light, but if we are to be underway on the river by 8.30, then I need to get going. Even this early, it [...]

Retreats – Some Reimagining

By Brian Megaw | February 13, 2021

You could say the original driving force in creating River Valley was a desire to share such a spectacular and beautiful location with others. We have been successful in this, and some might say too successful with too many people at times – at least pre-Covid. However, the last few months have certainly given plenty [...]

Is Regenerative Tourism a Thing?

By Brian Megaw | February 6, 2021

I recently watched a webinar where Anna Pollock, the founder of travel firm, Conscious Travel, outlined her thoughts on how tourism can be regenerative. I was so taken by what she had to say, as it resonated strongly with my thoughts, that I searched for and found a copy of her PowerPoint slides. While her [...]

Restore, Rejuvenate, Re-Create, Regenerate

By Brian Megaw | January 29, 2021

Is the glass half full or is the glass half empty? This is a very real question when you operate a tourism business in the world of Covid. It would be so effortless to spend all day lamenting the change in fortune that the pandemic has wrought. I know this having spent the occasional day [...]

Genuineness and Generosity

By Brian Megaw | January 22, 2021

The group on our latest 8 day River Valley Ride at Moawhango Marae Part of the River Valley Ride, an 8 day horse trek operated by River Valley Stables and run in conjunction with international horse riding holiday company, Globetrotting, is an overnight stay at a Marae. For those readers who do not know what [...]

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