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10-29-08

e p i s o d e # 14
KIWI WHITEWATER





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Studio Red Dot jaunts around the world for various clients, and "Red Dot Podcasts" are a result of the photos and video that personally captures our curious and sometimes quirky imagination. These short films include our original music, writing, travel news, travel tips, international culture, media and humor. Enjoy!

On this south pacific island nation God experiments in grand yet Lilliputian proportions.

As I traveled across this enchanted country, my American sense of space and distance compressed. We drove quickly to our destination, from valley to peak in mere minutes. But around the summit: a vista that seemed as if it was a hidden and forgotten mystical kingdom.

Herds of snow-white sheep grazed by the thousands across the sloping hills. As those white waves of animals descended into a calm river bank to drink, it was easy to understand why this was the desired location for the fantasy movie trilogy "Lord of the Rings."

The challenge of rafting down the steeper parts of the Rangitata River removed any earlier diminutive impression from the landscape and returned it to me. Floating through this watery path of New Zealand nature was at once both exhilarating and humbling!

Gulliver's travels were never quite like this.

-Matthew