On Sunday the Canterbury students took a thrilling trip down the mighty Rangitata River, located in Peel Forest, 2 hours south west of Christchurch. Upon arrival at the lodge, we were treated to some lunch & a very comical but informative safety briefing by our friendly guides. Once they had shown us which thermal goes under which waterproof jacket, the best way to pull on a wetsuit & (most importantly) warned us that if we put our wetsuit on backwards, it was our own fault & they wouldn’t correct it for us, we were in the bus & over the hills for the 20 minute drive to the river. The scenery at the river was stunning, despite the low cloud we were all mesmerized by it.
The trip itself starts out on nice grade 1 rapids, and over the 2.5 hour journey we are taken right up to Grade 5 rapids, with everything in between. We finished up with some stand-up rafting, and the bolds ones jumped of 5 & 10metre rocks & into the freezing waters bellows. Fun!
In a high, it was back to the lodge for another feed, this time tasty hot sausages with bread, salad & some pretty darn incredible crispy garlicy roast potatoes which we all gobbled up with delight.
It was a quiet but relaxed trip back to Christchurch that evening as we all let that adrenalin sink back into our veins for the next daring thrills that might await us……