Story: Canoeing and rafting

White-water rafting

White-water rafting

Tourists hurtle down the turbulent Shotover River in Otago on a raft. Commercial white-water rafting on New Zealand rivers began in the 1970s. Popular rivers include the Mōtū and Rangitīkei in the North Island, and the Buller, Landsborough, Kawarau and Shotover in the South Island.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Canoeing and rafting - Rafting and kayaking since the 1980s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 18 Jul 2016