Rafting the Kaituna

The Kaituna River is a beautiful green blue tumble through a fern-lined gorge in the North Island’s Rotorua area. During our 2014 visit there, Forrest talked me into river rafting, even though the course included the largest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. (I did not know that just one day earlier a rafting tourist was air lifted out of the gorge with spinal injuries.) Anyway – we survived and had a blast.

Here we are getting psyched with our German rafting companions:


The river water temperature was actually tolerable. Here we are practicing on some smaller falls:

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Tutea Falls- seven meters straight down. Here we go-

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Good Grief! High Five!

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Time for a swim:

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Later the German man almost swims again:

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Towards the end we are thrust into a waterfall ‘for fun’.

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