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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 […]

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 […]

Seven Days Rafting The Zambezi – 5 Reasons To Make this Your 2017 Adventure

Hamish McMaster


A whitewater rafting trip down the Zambezi is one of the world’s classic adventures. Our guests love the chance to relax and truly unwind on a seven day trip down the Mighty Zambezi. It offers many opportunities a shorter trip does not with awe inspiring scenery, wildlife, gigantic beaches and one incredible conclusion – a […]

You can do it. Break up with your phone for a week. Digital Detox

Hamish McMaster


As a company owner I am more than guilty of spending too much of my life on my computer and over time have had to ensure I make far more of an effort to ‘unplug’ and spend more time on the important stuff, family, experiences and holidays. It has made me think over the years […]

Is Rafting Scary, Or Am I Just A Wimp?

Hamish McMaster


Whitewater rafting over the years has been plagued by a number of myths scaring regular people away from this safe and fun vacation. We are sure you have heard a few of these over the years. When it comes to going on a rafting holiday, ask plenty of questions to your outfitter. You will flip […]

Family Rafting Adventures

Hamish McMaster


Last summer, I was fortunate enough to share an amazing adventure with my wife and 2 kids on the Salmon River in Idaho. What made it amazing, was sharing with my family a passion for what I do and what takes me away from family life at home. For any of us with families, that […]

Interview With A Serial Rafter – Dave Hard.

Hamish McMaster


How many rafting trips have you done with Water By Nature Dave? Well I reckon it is about 17 but I might be wrong, it is a lot though and dates back to the creation of Water By Nature. Which was the most memorable and why? The million dollar question! People are always asking for […]

An Emotional 120 Hours In Nepal

Hamish McMaster


Given the generous donations from our guests, I wanted to ensure the money got into the hands of the guides it was intended for. Having worked in Nepal for more than 25 years, the country that has given me personally and many of our guests such joy, needed help. Given the grand scale of the […]