Flying high

Ohakuri local Nik Gibson has won the national wakeboarding champs four times, and travelled to the Worlds in Korea, Doha, Italy and Australia, first time at age 14.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

Here he lines up the wake outside his family’s tourism operation at Orakei-Korako, as his two-month-old son sleeps soundly in the roaring boat.

There’s been a dramatic increase in the invasive weed Glyceria on lake, says Gibson, as well as rotting mats of algae in the river during the hottest months of summer.

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