River Valley Lodge – Meet the Team

River Valley has grown to be what it is today through the passion of initially Nicola’s parents, Brian And Robin Sage.  And Since 1986, Brian and Nicola Megaw.

During the year we have staff who come and go with the season. Some working summer, and some winter.
While Kiwis make up the core of the staff, we welcome people of other nationalities that work with us,
and who buy into River Valley being a special place.

We believe it is far more important that our staff are passionate about their jobs,
passionate about delivering great experiences, and passionate about the land,
and the river, than what country they come from.

Brian Megaw

Brian Megaw

Nickname: Brian

Position at River Valley: Managing Director and Senior River Guide

Rafting or Horse Trekking Guide: River Guide

Hometown/Country: Born and grew up in New Plymouth, but have lived around Taihape, New Zealand since 1978

Background: University drop out (politics and history), worked on gas pipelines, drove big tractors, sheep shearer for a number of years, forestry worker for a little while, raft guide since 1986. Mostly guiding on the Rangitikei here at home, but several other appearances guiding including on the Zambezi and in the USA.

Nicola Megaw

Nicola Megaw

Nickname: Mum, Maamma

Position at River Valley: Wife of Brian/Life of Brian, Stables Manager, Horse behavioural technician, trekking guide

Rafting or Horse Trekking Guide: Retired raft guide, current horse trekking guide

Hometown/Country: Taihape, Rangitikei, New Zealand

Background: Came to live at River Valley at 2 years of age, when my parents had our family farm here, which backed on to the Rangitikei River. 20yrs later River Valley was born and have been with it from that time. Have a triple degree in being a Mum and Mamma, 3 daughters and 4 granddaughters.

Favourite Music: Country and Rock

Janey Harrison

Janey Harrison

Position at River Valley: Operations Manager, and occasional river or horse trekking guide.

Rafting or Horse Trekking Guide: Both

Hometown/Country: Taihape, New Zealand

Favourite thing about working at River Valley: I love being able to safely push people a little out of their comfort zones (especially on the horses). The buzz they get from this at the end of an activity I think speaks for itself. I then get the buzz when these guests come back again for more!!!

Greatest work memory: There are a few, but the night out at the New Zealand Tourism Awards and winning the Small Business Award won’t fade in a hurry. Not only the winning (and the party) but the sense of achievement that all the Staff had too.

Tom Harrison

Tom Harrison

 

Nickname: Tom

Position at River Valley: Senior River Guide

Rafting or Horse Trekking Guide: River Guide

Hometown/Country: Taihape, New Zealand

Background:

Favourite Music:

Fat Dad

Brian Sage

Nickname: Fat Dad

Position at River Valley: Co-founder

Rafting or Horse Trekking Guide: 1st generation river guide

Hometown/Country: Taihape, New Zealand

Background: No triple degrees in classical Greek. I have bother trying to write this. Brought up out here in the country and just don’t want to leave. My teacher and classroom has been sitting out in the hills and mixing with people from all walks of life who come here from all around the world. This has triggered a lot of thinking from within myself.

Favourite Music: Into all sorts of music. Anything that helps to free us up and touch the deeper spots. My latest project has been reviving the old dual piano combination that I used to have with my old mate, wife Robin, and jamming together again. You can listen to our rendition of “Green Door” by clicking here

Robin Sage

Nickname: Maam

Position at River Valley

Rafting or Horse Trekking Guide: Girl Guide

Hometown/Country:

Background:

Favourite Music:

Coke Sage

Coke Sage

Nickname: Cokey

Position at River Valley: Head Housekeeper

Rafting or Horse Trekking Guide

Hometown/Country

Background:

Favourite Music:

Max

Maxwell Sage

Nickname: Max

Position at River Valley: 3rd Generation River Guide

Hometown/Country: Taihape

Background: Quit building to become a raft guide.  Currently quit rafting to be a builder.

Favourite Music:

Favourite thing about working at River Valley: Rafting & Jagerbombs

Melissa Megaw

Melissa Megaw

Position at River Valley: Chief Gardener at River Valley Acres

Hometown/Country: Taihape, New Zealand

Background: 

Favourite Music: 

Miranda Aylward

Miranda Aylward

Nickname: Ranga, Randa

Position at River Valley: Kitchen & Bar Manager

Hometown/Country: I’m a good old westie….Born and Bred in Helensville, New Zealand

Background: I studied Cheffing in Auckland 14 years ago

Favourite Music: Youtube parties with Tom and Janey; Lindsay singing “Dream On”

Danielle Pegge

Danielle Pegge

Nickname: Dani

Position at River Valley: Digital Media Manager

Hometown/Country: The UK.  Unfortunately.

Background:  Studied photography at uni, then worked in fashion retail (hence I have so many dresses), then left to go travelling.  Came to River Valley on the kiwi bus and loved it so much I came back as a slave, then ended up working as a housekeeper, then my current job.

Favourite Music: Wonderwall, because it keeps Derek away.

Roger Blakiston

Roger Blakiston

Nickname: Dodger, Grumpy Pants, Roget (with a silent t)

Position at River Valley: Senior Dogsbody

Hometown/Country: The Weasel. Taihape, New Zealand

Background: Graduated from the School of Hard Knocks with a P.H.D. in Common Sense. Lived in France and New Caledonia for 25 years.

Favourite Music: Country

Have any questions?

Speak to one of our friendly adventure consultants who would love to help you out.
thelodge@rivervalley.co.nz / 0800 248666 / +64 6 38 81444

Book Now