Whitewater Rafting, West Coast, New Zealand

I thought I might add an exciting photo with this blog. A couple of years ago Bruce Thomas decided to take advantage of the heavy rainfall to attempt a one-day “Source to Sea” trip with his cat-a-raft and oar frame. He put in at the Buller River’s source in Nelson Lakes National Park. But it had rained even more overnight and all the creeks and side rivers were swollen over their banks. As he progressed downriver, the Buller River became bigger and more ferocious. The photo was taken at Granity Rapids, some way above the actual Buller Gorge. The raft is an 18 footer and as you can see, it was taking on some pretty wild waves. Had Bruce continued on his way downriver, he would have certainly achieved the Tasman Sea in under 24 hours. However, he deemed the river too dangerous (and rightly so!) and pulled out before entering the Buller Gorge.

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