NZ – Queenstown – River Sledging

– MARCH 16, 2015

Sledging: To surf down a river on a small floating bumper car.

The Kiwi’s are famous for creating new words to describe their adventure activities and this is one of them.  It’s not really surfing, nor is it swimming. 

Fun pose

Crazy people.

You are fitted with rafting gear and put onto what I can only describe as your own personal floating bumper car.  It will help you stay afloat while roaring through Grade 3 rapids! Not big rapids, but they are big enough for our first river sledging.

Learning the ropes in the kiddie pool.

Learning the ropes in the kiddie pool. (I am in the pink helmet..yes baby pink…naturally it fit the best and Ken has the yellow bumper car)

You can stalk people from behind…haha!

Now the river shark is ready to find his prey!

Now the river shark is ready to find his prey! “I’m coming for you!”

 

Cruising the river

Cruising the river. (I’m stalking Ken yet again)

There are spaces where you are resting and floating and preparing for the next rapid. This section of the Kawarau River has few middle stream obstacles (like giant rocks) and it is quite deep so it is perfect for floating down.

The lone wolf.

The lone wolf.

We tried not to bunch up but it happened a lot!

Traffic jam!

Bumper car traffic jam!

The views were awesome floating by shear cliffs.

Beautiful scenery

Beautiful scenery

The big eddies are fun as you lift your car vertical and let the whirlpools spin you.

Catching some white water rapids!

Catching some white water rapids!

 

The River Shark!

The River Shark!

 

The sketchy one!

The sketchy one!

 

Some more white water rapid fun!

Some more white water rapid fun!

 

Cruising the river wild!

Cruising the river wild!

It’s difficult to tell but those white waters near the rock on the left that people are riding are 3-4 foot high waves!

The final leg.

The final leg.

 

The final leg.

The final leg.

Excellent fun. Good-times. Good-times.

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.

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