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One of the major hazards on the Whanganui River is the Autapu Rapid, at its worst when the river is low. A relatively short rapid, often regarded as a 'fun' rapid, it has pressure waves up to two metres in height which can cause havoc if one's canoe is not dead centre. This particular day, of the ten canoes in our group only three came through unscathed. I went through ahead of the main group to take photos from an exposed shingle bank. The Whanganui River is New Zealand's third longest river & a section through the gorges is a very popular three to four day canoe with picturesque campsites along the river bank.

This photo, taken on Kodak negative film, is from my archives & was taken in 1997. Scanned and digitised.

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