As the tropical cyclone Ita lashed both the North and South Islands of New Zealand with gale force winds and torrential rains it caused widespread chaos, power cuts, road closures, and flooding. Taking advantage of the extra water around some friends and I decided to go exploring.
Rescue of the day, a brave policeman, an innovative farmer and his trusty digger rescue a woman from the roof of her car which had been swept away when a nearby river burst its banks, peaking at 600 cumecs.
Anyway the river we went to check out didn't have quite that much water, it started off like this with lots of trees and not a lot of gradient.
We weren't really sure what we would find on the river, as far as we could work out no one had paddled it before. Pete had done some research with google earth and a recon mission so we knew there was definitely a waterfall at the end and a lot of gradient in between.
The river ends on a good note with 'Rocky Road Falls', a 10 metre bouncy waterfall which would just get better and better the more water it has
Expectations were well exceeded as we encountered countless fun boulder gardens, plenty of big slides, some huge rapids (a few of which we left for next time) and had an epic awesome day on the river. It has the potential to become a classic with its proximity to the kayaking hub of Okere Falls. Thanks Pete Tim and Dan for an epic mission and thanks Pete and Rob for scouting it out.
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About the author
Hopping back and forth between Rotorua (New Zealand) and Voss (Norway) is Toni’s way of following the summer and the water to where the boating is best. After graduating with a degree in Biological Science, she boarded a plane, then a kayak, and found that nothing else is quite as good as being on the river.