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 [...]

Spring 2020. The Return of the Weekend Warrior

By Brian | June 29, 2020

Spring 2020. The Return of the Weekend Warrior 1988 and the rafting season was pumping. Well, pumping (busy) that is, for that time and place. Set out below is what a typical week looked like for a rafting and adventure lodge business in those times: Monday – housekeeping, cleaning up after the weekend Tuesday – [...]

Who Works at River Valley?

By Brian | December 1, 2019

Who Works at River Valley? I often get asked, well almost told that most of our staff would be transitory backpackers, wouldn’t they be? The person making the query is most surprised when I tell them, that no, other than the occasional wwoofer, (we call them cuzzies), all the staff are paid employees, and most [...]

River Lessons – What I Have Learned From A Lifetime On The River

By Brian | May 24, 2019

River Lessons – What I have Learned from a Lifetime on the River Having spent a good deal of my working life either guiding on rivers, mostly the Rangitikei, or working in some other way associated with that pursuit, I thought it might be a good time to reflect a little on what those years [...]

Back On The River

By Brian | May 17, 2019

Back on the River Being not far away from my 61st birthday, I thought my days of rafting customers on the Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei River were over. Recently, that has proved not to be the case. Winter is always when the older experienced senior guides come out of the woodwork. This winter [...]

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