White Water Rafting at River Valley, New Zealand

Posted: April 7, 2014 by kirisyko in Water, Whitewater rafting

The Student Travels

Having rafted three times before I thought I was prepared for what New Zealand had to throw at me.

I was wrong.

We were up bright and early to meet our ‘River Guides’. I was staying at River Valley Lodge, nestled in a deep gorge surrounded by mountains and countryside on the banks of the Rangitikei River AKA Lord of the Rings territory. When the rest of our group had arrived our guides handed out a form to fill in about our emergency contacts (not the most comforting of starts!) and handed us each a wet suit. Squeezing into a damp wet suit seemed like the worst thing to be doing this early in the morning, especially when it had began to drizzle persistently outside.

After we had changed we squashed ourselves into a mini bus and drove twenty minutes up the road to our drop-off point. After a quick safety briefing (don’t…

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