River raft­ing

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - NORTH ISLAND -

Ac­cord­ing to Lonely Planet, Ton­gariro River Raft­ing is one of the top 10 un­miss­able aquatic ad­ven­tures in New Zealand. Owner Garth Oak­den, a Tu­rangi raft­ing pioneer, is proud, of course, but he’s more chuffed about the suc­cess of the Blue Duck Project which he helps man­age and which in­volves lay­ing traps in ar­eas ac­ces­si­ble only by rafts. “The pop­u­la­tion of whio (blue ducks) is in­creas­ing. You can see up to 16 at one time on one of our trips.” The Ton­gariro River is a rafter’s happy place. The Grade 3 sec­tion has 60 rapids over 13 kilo­me­tres and the drop is 235 me­tres. The gen­tler Grade 2 fam­ily float has a bouncy rapid every 400-500 me­tres and sight­ings of the ducks and fish. The river flows through deep gorges where you can see ev­i­dence of Taupo erup­tions. Ton­gariro River Raft­ing, 95 Ati­rau Road, Tu­rangi, 0800 101 024, trr.co.nz; blue­duck­pro­ject.co.nz

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