Saturday, February 27, 2010

Rafting Down the River

If you're about to visit New Zealand - or even if you live here - and you want to test yourself on one of our famous outdoor adventures, then head for the little alpine town of Hanmer Springs in the Hurunui and Thrillseekers Rafting. This mild-mannered Grade 2 adventure is the perfect answer for those of you who are not quite ready for a nail-biting, teeth-gritting Grade 5 white water adventure.
Located near the historic bridge that takes you into Hanmer itself, Thrillseekers is a one-stop shop for adventure freaks and the rafting is a soft option that takes you gently up the Waiau River. When I say 'gently' I should point out that you do have to paddle, so expect to get a bit of a sweat up. But on the way, you can marvel at beautiful landscapes, jagged rock, cliff faces, water holes and the general beauty that has made this region famous - and a popular year-round holiday destination. You'll be in the company of experienced guides too, so no need to panic about anything. Simply grab your paddle and enjoy the journey. And if you want to check out a wider itinerary for this area, check here.

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