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Rain falls and winds rage . . . despite this I've
spent two hours rafting down a river and I'm
about to jump off a waterfall.
Suddenly I understand why I've been told by
many rafting is an all-weather activity, because
after all, what's the worst that can happen? You
Recently I joined Rafting New Zealand for 14km
of white water rapids on the Tongariro River. With
rapids known as Helter Skelter, the Cheese Grater
and the Black Slip - it was not surprising when we
awoke to positively miserable weather our group
of four was hesitant.
But host Pianika, who runs NZ River Rafting with
husband Luke Boddington was eternally positive.
"Don't worry, we'll dress you up nice and warm."
After donning layers of polarfleece, wetsuiting, a
parka, helmet and life jacket we're ready to go.
After a short van ride, with Luke his dog Bruno
and some appropriately chosen Kiwi music we
launch the raft. Our first question is obvious and
our guide Brett Donaldson quickly assures us it's
uncommon to fall out.
"I only get that about once a week." Then he
adds that it's Saturday and he hasn't had a man
Cruising down the river Brett enthusiastically
teaches the six passengers the ropes - paddling
forward, backward, left and right.
Most importantly, he teaches us what do do
when he yells "Hold on!".
I thought this was only for emergencies. I was
As Brett entertains us with tales of rafting
mishaps and his experiences rafting in Switzerland,
Turkey, the United States and Africa we know we're
in safe hands.
In between tumbling between rocks, ramming
into cliffs, paddling exuberantly, and most
importantly "holding on tight" we're lucky enough
to have space to admire the stunning scenery
and even catch a glimpse of a few trout and the
endangered whio, or blue duck.
It strikes me that despite living amid a
wonderland of rivers and bush - many of us don't
take the time to appreciate it.
Before long though, we're back paddling. "Three
strokes forward. Two stokes backward."
Despite Brett feigning urgency, when he leaves
us to paddle on our own (without much success),
it becomes clear he has this river down to an art,
not surprising considering he's been a river guide
He tells us about overnight rafting trips taken in
summer and talks about the grade five rapids in
the area - which we're all keen to give a go by the
end of the trip.
Just over two hours down the river and we pull
over to the side.
Clambering up a river between two moss
covered rock faces, Brett leads us to a stunning
"Don't climb up here if you're not willing to jump,
" Brett warns.
But we're not afraid of jumping, it's scaling the
small cliff face that has us girls concerned.
After two men launch themselves up the
potholed wall, we gingerly follow and find it's not
actually that hard.
Minutes later we leap off the 5m drop and
plunge into the biting water below. Despite the
expletives that follow, it's well worth it.
Once back on the river we're treated to hot
chocolate and chocolate fish as we drift - and
despite our icy dip we stay warm.
Soon after, we're back in the van with Luke. With
our booties filled with water it's not long before
we're greeted with a hot shower, a CD of photos,
cold beer and a much welcomed hot dog.
Small things like this mean I'm not surprised
when I find Rafting New Zealand has been named
the best rafting company in New Zealand by travel
Reasonable prices and with options for all
ages - Brett tells me his three-year-old son loved
the family river trip also on offer - it's nice to
know there's something that doesn't rely on
uncharacteristically good weather to try over the
Some time this winter, most likely when the
mountain is closed and the sky is grey, I'll be
ditching the Monopoly board and taking on their
grade five rapids trip.
And the best thing about it? We're all going to
Rafting is an activity for all seasons
Taupō Times reporter Sarah Bol took on local rivers with Turangi based Rafting New Zealand to
find out just why white water rafting really is an all-season activity.
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