Video: Inescapable class V canyons in New Zealand

Ryan Lucas and Joe Morley take on the lower Kaituna gorges in New Zealand

The classic section of the Katiuna is one of New Zealand’s most popular whitewater adventures. It’s a class IV training ground for kayakers as well as a popular rafting section. The 3 meter waterfall midway through the run draws adventurous rafting clients from all over the world.

Downstream, however, there lurks a far more dangerous canyon. Ryan Lucas and Joe Morley are no strangers to these lower gorges, where inescapable class V whitewater make for an “experts only” experience.

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