We really had no idea what lay in store for us when we were driven to Kaitiaki Adventures for the day.

Our small television crew of three were cordially received by a confusing myriad of people who fitted us (which basically meant looking us up and down then sifting through their racks) for wetsuits, booties, fleece layers, cags, helmets, flippers, and life jackets before piling everything (including us) into the back of a van and speeding off.

It was at this stage that we got a chance to chat with our guides for the day: Joel – a blonde haired guy with a wide smile, Geni – a beautiful girl of Maori descent with the most muscular arms I had ever seen on a woman, and Adam – whose nickname was “Chonk” (which we were led to believe had something to do with his missing tooth).

We also got a chance to pick our guides’ brains as to exactly what lay in store for us today.

We discovered that we were headed for the Okere Kopia, which is the lower section of the Kaituna river. Lots of rafting companies do the Kaituna, but Kaitiaki is the only one with the rights to the Okere Kopia section. It’s very hard to access – as we discovered – and it’s sacred Maori land.

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    Nora is a Professional Hobo and Freelance Writer, who enjoys living life on the road with no fixed address. Since selling all a…

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