New Zealand is home to many braided rivers. A braided river is one that has many channels criss-crossing over each other, looking like a braid. One such braided river is the Waimakariri, one of the largest rivers in Canterbury. On its journey from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, it creates a wide valley below Arthur’s Pass. This valley is just about a 2-hour drive from our house, leaving it within my reach between school drop-off and pick-up.