What’s in a Name?

By Brian | December 7, 2018

What's In A Name? On every river throughout the world where rafting, canoeing and kayaking takes place, rapids have been named. These names, the origins of which have sometimes been lost, often tell a story of an incident, while others are named after a natural rock or water feature. These stories offer glimpses into the [...]

Spring on the Ngaruroro River

By Brian | August 6, 2018

Spring On The Ngaruroro River One of my favourite Spring rafting trips is a two-day sojourn on the Ngaruroro River (nah-roo-raw-raw) in sunny Hawkes Bay. This smallish river is born in the Kaweka and Kaimanawa ranges. It’s journey to the sea takes it through native tree lined gorges before it’s mad rush slows down, and [...]

Terrôir and Localism. What’s in it for You?

By Brian | July 18, 2018

So, what is the terrôir of your adventure? Does it matter? What about the locals. Who are they? Do they matter? Terrôir is a French term that loosely relates to a “sense of place” and is usually applied to wine. In particular it applies to the unique combination of soil, aspect, sunshine and general climate [...]

Time to Savour And Memories To Be Treasured

By Brian | July 11, 2018

Big Days! In fact, Big Big Days! I have always felt that multi-day river trips are to be enjoyed, to be savoured, to be at least as much as possible, unhurried. They are meant to be a highlight experience, rather than something to be endured. And yet the standard three day trip on the Whanganui [...]

Why Do I Feel Like This?

By Brian | July 3, 2018

Nature Is So Good For The Brain When we go out into nature, Williams says, “our brains shift in a way that’s really good for our mood and health.” Normally it takes several days to get in the right space. First there is the rigging (boater talk for getting all the equipment sorted and packed [...]

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