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Raft­ing New Zealand has launched a new Waikato Ther­mal Float Raft­ing Ad­ven­ture. Suit­able for chil­dren as young as three years old, the 1.5-hour trip is a safe way for the whole fam­ily to en­joy New Zealand’s long­est river and to ex­pe­ri­ence the warm ther­mal wa­ters of the Otu­muheke Stream.

Raft­ing NZ man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Luke Bod­ding­ton says raft­ing is a mem­o­rable, ex­cit­ing way to show chil­dren a side of New Zealand that they might never have seen be­fore, as well as teaching them how to be safe on rivers.

“As a fa­ther my­self, I know how dif­fi­cult it can be to find ac­tiv­i­ties the whole fam­ily can do to­gether, es­pe­cially with the younger kids. We take fam­i­lies along the calmer stretches of wa­ter for a gen­tle in­tro­duc­tion to the ad­ven­ture of raft­ing.”

The Waikato Ther­mal Float takes vis­i­tors through an­cient vol­canic cliffs and along the clear wa­ters of the Waikato as it de­parts from Lake Taupo. Trip highlights in­clude hear­ing the myths and le­gends as­so­ci­ated with the area and the river, view­ing jumpers leap­ing off New Zealand’s high­est wa­ter touch bungy site and soak­ing in the ther­mal wa­ters of the Otu­muheke Stream. Rafters are treated to on river hot choco­late and snacks af­ter float­ing and swim­ming in the Waikato River. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.raft­

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