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Going over the Mother-in-Law rapid

Going over the Mother-in-Law rapid

Rafters get a soaking as they speed over the Mother-in-Law rapid on the Shotover River in the 1980s. The raft was owned by the Original White Water Rafting Company, one of the first commercial white-water operators in Queenstown. It began in 1975 and in those days safety requirements included carrying anchors, bells and a bucket of sand to put out fires. More useful were knives for cutting rope and throw bags for rescuing people in the water.

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Ben Schrader, 'Extreme sports and adventure sports - Adventure sports', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 5 Sep 2013