White Water Rafting on the Kawarau River and one of the movie sets for ‘Lord of the Rings’
Many years ago I worked for a tour a tourist information center, part of my job was to travel in New Zealand. I traveled by bus with a group for a week around the South Island.
One of the activities was White Water Rafting, in Queenstown. It sounded quite scary but decided to give it a go as I had already declined the bungy jumping. White Water Rafting is fantastic in New Zealand, but I hear it’s pretty awesome in places like California as well. So if you live in the SoCal area and you’re looking for a fun group activity, then you might want to have a look at somewhere like americanwhitewater.com/california/so-cal so you can set up a day on the water.
There are 6 grades for white water rafting, we did grade 1, for 1 hour, a small part of the Kawerau River. I was the last person to get on the raft this was a big mistake as there was only a seat left at the front of the raft. When the boat goes over a rapid it creates a wave, so sitting at the front you get the full impact of the water hitting you in the face.
I was terrified of falling into the river and held on tightly to the ropes. The raft did not flip and no-one went overboard.
Although it was scary I am pleased I did it, definitely a adrenaline activity!
Pillars of the Kings, Kawarau River, South Island
Kawarau River starred as the River Anduin in Lord of the Rings, so it’s like paddling through Middle Earth.
The Argonath or Pillars of the Kings scene was shot just 100 meters upstream of Kawarau bridge. The Pillars themselves were computer-generated.