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purplekat99 in americansonwhv

Tip of the Day!

most people come to NZ to get away from the earth in the form of extreme sports. i prefer to keep close. rafting is a popular thing to do and i try to do it in every town i possibly can. i am in no way an expert on it, i just really like the thrill.

one of the better tours i have been on was on the rangitata river outside of christchurch. it was an all day tour which means that the group was not rushed at all to see how many people they can churn through, as a lot of tour companies do. for an extra $10, travel to and from CHC out to the lodge and river was provided which is one of the best deals ever. saved a bundle not hiring a car on this day! pick up was early, but you can sleep for the 2 hr bus ride. you get lunch as soon as you arrive and the rafting preparations begin around 11a. explanations on everything within the raft take place once you get to the river, so you feel like you are actually doing something instead of standing on land listening to someone explain it all to you. you work up the grades on the river and the whole thing takes about 2-3 hrs. it ends with the opportunity to jump off 10-20-30 meter cliffs back into the river! after, you come back to the lodge for another feed and then bus ride back to CHC, arriving back around 6-7p. i liked this place because it was an all day trip and i didn't feel rushed at all, which is one of my pet peeves in group traveling.

extreme activies in NZ are expensive and i have to say, this is one of the few i feel like i got my moneys worth on.