What to Expect When Travelling in New Zealand this Summer

By Brian Megaw | August 31, 2021

As I write this post, in New Zealand, we are about to enter our third week of lockdown. New Covid cases dropped in the last 24 hours, encouraging signs that this outbreak is coming under control. Will it be the last lockdown as we continue the struggle to keep the population safe? Probably not. The [...]

The Challenge of Staffing a Tourism Business as we plan for the 2021 – 2022 Season

By Brian Megaw | July 21, 2021

Some of the River Valley staff, pre-covid   There is no doubt that hospitality and tourism are people industries. Lousy service – there is a post for a future date! – can quickly break a business, damaging both its reputation and its finances. The key to excellent service is having great people. Having great people [...]

After Operating a Tourism Business for Over 30 Years, What Do I Think Success Means?

By Brian Megaw | July 1, 2021

Whether we are conditioned to believe, or whether it is innately within us, the desire for success can be strong but not uniform in humans. Of course, the rub is, the definition of success is a slippery thing, both changing over time and reflecting life circumstances. I have learned a few things regarding the pursuit [...]

Why River Valley Lodge is a Great Venue for a PDC

By Brian Megaw | June 12, 2021

I was challenged by one of the tutors for our October Permaculture Design Certificate course – Guenther Andraschko - to write a piece about why River Valley Lodge is an excellent venue for such a course. This challenge followed Guenther visiting us in late autumn. First some background River Valley Lodge is situated in the [...]

How Did the 2020 – 2021 Season Work Out for River Valley?

By Brian Megaw | May 23, 2021

Sometimes I think you have to be careful with thinking about what you wish for. For quite some time, a few years in fact, I would say the family as a whole have thought and talked about taking River Valley in a different direction. The questions so often revolved around what this new direction looked [...]

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