NZ Police National Raft Race
New Zealand Police
|When:||12 March 2010 |
Bay of Plenty Region,
On Friday March 12, 168 Police staff from around the North Island will compete for glory in the annual New Zealand Police National Raft Race on Rotorua's Kaituna River.
Forty-two teams of four people will compete in the event, coming from as far away as Wellington and Northland.
The event is in its third year, with the race being held on a 1.2 kilometre stretch of the Kaituna River. The course includes seven sets of Grade Three rapids, and three waterfalls – one of which is the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall.
There will be seven heats held across the day, with the final expected to take place between 5pm and 6pm.
Teams enter the Kaituna River at Okere Falls, and raft over three waterfalls to reach the official start line below the Tutea Falls. One member from each team stands on a metre high rock, jumping into the river and swimming to the raft to officially start the race.
This year there will also be a womens only heat, with the winner of the heat receiving a winner's medal as well as entry into the finals. A river surfing race is also included on the programme, with 30 people entered in that event.
A Department of Conservation walking track adjacent to the Kaituna River provides excellent vantage points for media, supporters and members of the public.
For further information, check out www.nzpolicerafting.co.nz