Two Days on the Ngaruroro River

Hawkes Bay, NZ

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Two Days on the Ngaruroro River, Hawkes Bay, NZ 2017-04-25T04:39:43+00:00

River Valley Reminds Us What New Zealand Is All About

“However it was more than just the camping. I got to experience a part of the country that I otherwise would not have seen as it is a little off the beaten track. We tend to stay to places that are “on their way to somewhere else” rather than choose a destination and go there. I loved that this was not on our usual “go to” places and was so impressed with the scenery.”

The rugged terrain of the Ngaruroro River Canyon.

Time is the really big issue for me when committing to anything like this trip down the Ngaruroro River.. We seem to get so caught up in work and taking time out for ourselves is placed at the bottom of the priority list. I am a mother and I run my own business so taking time for me is hard to prioritise, yet it is so essential.

However the trip was amazing. To be in such a remote environment, away from all the cell phones, work commitments, family commitments etc was incredibly therapeutic. I have come back to work revitalised and inspired. I couldn’t have asked for more.

I loved camping out by the river at the end of a beautiful day rafting. I loved that it was more glamping than camping. Chairs to sit around the fire on, delicious snacks after the days’ rafting and fine food and wine. Listening to everyone talking about their day and getting to know the rest of the crew was a highlight too.

However it was more than just the camping. I got to experience a part of the country that I otherwise would not have seen as it is a little off the beaten track. We tend to stay to places that are “on their way to somewhere else” rather than choose a destination and go there. I loved that this was not on our usual “go to” places and was so impressed with the scenery.

I loved that this was an activity that required some physical exertion, however I also loved the fact that if you felt like a chill out you could also do that.

It is a great way to meet new people, nothing like a few days rafting and camping without every day distractions to really get to know people.

You must make River Valley a priority on your list of go to places. It reminds us what NZ is all about. The setting is simply spectacular and as soon as you leave that main road (and cell phone reception) you feel like you are leaving all your troubles behind. It’s what being a Kiwi is all about, incredible scenery, friendly people and incredible outdoor activities. You couldn’t ask for more.

One other thing. I loved that the river trip took us through such a wide range of scenery. We started in a really remote environment, with high cliffs and sheer canyons. By the beginning of the second day this was slowly opening out to reveal farmland in the distance and by the end of the day we were rafting in braided rivers reminiscent of what you’d find in the South Island. Truly spectacular.

Lynne Dickinson

Paddling through one of the beautiful pools during the first day of the trip.

 

It is not just about the scenery. There are many rapids on the Ngaruroro River up to Grade 3.


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