Water by Nature blog

What A Perfect Way To See New Zealand

Hamish McMaster


New Zealand has long been drawing international travellers to experience its incredible adventures. New Zealand feels like the ‘comfort blanket’ of travel destinations, with its friendly people and wonderful nature without the venomous ‘nasties’ trying to kill you (don’t worry, they are all in Aussie). There are many stunning parts of the country, but today […]

A Welcome Break From Covid Chaos

Hamish McMaster


I was recently fortunate enough to travel to Greece for a week of sailing at the end of October with family and friends and to be perfectly honest, it was just what the Doctor ordered! In a world filled with uncertainty and a lack of positivity, the opportunity to island hop, swim in the ocean, […]

Our 2021 Shortlist Of Adventures – Where Will You Go?

Hamish McMaster


It has been encouraging to see some of our past guests book on for adventures in 2021 and some even for 2022. It seems that people are more confident about travelling from May onwards when we hope restrictions will be lifted and we can recommence visiting some incredible places. In their spirit of adventure, here […]

Here Comes 2020 – Grade V All The Way

Hamish McMaster


In February 2020, a crew of adventurers and I were busy having fun in New Zealand. The only challenges we were facing were standard for an adventure company — re-arranging the order of rivers on our New Zealand River Rafting Road Trip given the large amount of rain we were getting. We followed this with […]

Mother Nature Is In Charge – Covid-19

Hamish McMaster


Be warned, this is not an e mail to tell you to wash your hands or that we have implemented a policy of hand sanitising (we already do this stuff on trips).  Those of you who have travelled with us before will know we have no shortage of loo roll. We even put a square […]

6 Of The Best Short and Long Rafting Trips

Hamish McMaster


Hamish McMaster gives his verdict on the 3 best short rafting adventures and his 3 favourite longer rafting trips in the world. Some of our guests love the ‘quick fix’ on a river trip. For others, it’s genuinely about spending as many nights as possible on the water, to relax and unwind with the help […]

Rafting With Kids – What’s it All About?

Hamish McMaster


After doing a number of multiday trips with our kids Holly and Josh, and having taken literally thousands of kids rafting over my quarter century leading trips, here are a few of my tips to make for a perfect family trip both for Mum and Dad, and the kids.   Choose an Appropriate Trip: This […]

7 Of The Best Fall and Winter Rafting Adventures

Hamish McMaster


Hamish McMaster sat down with the team in the office and the guide crews on the water to come up with our favourite autumn and winter adventures.  If you’re anything like me, you probably struggle a little coming out of summer and heading into winter, knowing that it can be a long time between adventures. […]

5 Comfort Items You May Not Have Thought Would Be On A River Trip

Hamish McMaster


Hamish McMaster chats about what items Water By Nature have on their adventures to ensure you are just a little more comfortable. Comfortable Chairs: While we don’t go quite as far as a La-Z-Boy, our very comfortable camping chairs are a welcome sight when you reach camp. Sit back, relax, and take in your view […]