With 16 people booked, Kaitiaki Adventures added an extra session to accommodate us 8 at a time. After a talk on what to expect, we were kitted out with wetsuits, flippers, life jackets and helmets. During the short bus ride to the Kaituna river, we were given safety instructions. On arrival, a demonstration followed on how to use the board, then it was boards on heads, for the 5 minute walk down a path, steep steps & a tunnel to the start of the sledging at the foot of a 7m waterfall where the white water rafters go down. Everyone had to jump into the surging torrent one at a time and demonstrate recovering from being upside down in the water, then we were on our way. During rest stops we could marvel at the beautiful surroundings. We coasted down little waterfalls & into the turmoil of surging water, tossed like corks through mini rapids, swirling around eddies, sometimes being given a helping tug to safety by the guides, then tried sledging UP a waterfall. An awesome experience.
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