Helen said... The actual rafting experience was great, the rapids were exciting and the crew supervising were experienced and it felt very well organised. However the tone was a bit crass and sexist with lots of comments about the women in the front of the raft 'taking a load to the face' a pretty unfunny joke repeated multiple times. I was also a bit queasy about the Maori tradition being co-opted as a tourist 'experience' by what appeared to be non-Maori guides, especially as it was really well and seriously done by a Maori team member at the outset of the trip, and because we were passing through a Maori burial ground, it felt appropriate to treat it seriously, but when we were actually on the river it felt a bit like shouting Maori chants and prayers was just part of the rafting experience and it veered a bit close to cultural appropriation with the meaning stripped out which I wasn't entirely comfortable with in retrospect. It's a shame because the guides were mostly great, enthusiastic and experienced and great at setting you at ease and making the experience enjoyable. It's just that things feeling a little bit sexist and a little bit racist takes the shine off an experience and seems pretty unnecessary as the basic product is so good.