:: kaituna river, nz

Running the Kaituna River in New Zealand, 2007.

The Kaituna River near Rotorua, New Zealand has the tallest commercially rafted waterfall in the world -- 7 metres (21 feet). I couldn't pass this up, so I signed up with River Rats to boat it. Forget the cheesy name, these folks are a class outfit. As a professional river guide I can be a harsh judge, but I was totally impressed.

Already a ways down the falls.

Bottoming out.

Escaping at an angle.

One passenger out the back, but OK.

One of several fun drops.

When a passenger doesn't take orders...