South Island, New Zealand
Winding through New Zealand’s South Island, this emerald-green river has always been a gold mine of sorts. People literally panned for gold here in the 1860s; today, tourism brings in the big bucks. Outdoor travel outfitters run a slew of white-water rafting and other adventure expeditions through the 46-mile (and aptly named) Shotover’s many rapids. Aboard the 14-passenger Shotover Jet, for example, passengers face rushing waters and narrow canyon routes at thrilling speeds.
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