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Rangitata White Water Rafting

Listed under Whitewater Rafting in South Island, New Zealand.

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Nerves were running high as we were about to face the glacial river, freezing water and awesome Class 5 rapids. New Zealand is one of the few places on earth that actually rafts such big white water.
Our attire consisted of a thermal layer, a wet suit, windbreaker, helmet, booties and a life jacket. We may have felt a chill before hand, but once we are wrapped in our layers we felt cozy and warm.

Before facing our first set of rapids, we practiced paddling, turning, diving from one side of the boat to the other and holding on and diving down to a safe position. We went through a few more drills than usual because this water is so big. We had to learn what to do if we were about to flip over a big rock or waterfall.
The last thing I wanted to do was fall out because that water is cold. Our guide Dan told us to take a deep breath and stay calm if we fall in. The water will be cold and our lungs will constrict but we will get used to it.

It was time to face a class 3 rapid.

It may have only been class 3 but the water came over the boat and onto us in full force. We were drenched and the adrenaline was high. We were tossed and turned and shaken and stirred, but we came out the other end with huge smiles and whooping voices...

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Written by  Dave and Deb.

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