A wild westcoast valley, with optional side trip to a famous hot spring and some challenging paddling.
The Copland Track
The Copland track is very well marked and easy to follow, apart from the first crossing at Rough Creek, its almost a dry boot trip to Architect Creek.
Architect Creek Hut is great, but only has 2 bunks, so its worth bringing a tent (plent of good camping around). About 3 hours from the road end.
You could easily stretch this trip out by leaving your paddling gear near Architect Creek and visiting the Welcome Flat hotpools (another 3-4hrs up the valley). Welcome Flat Hut requires advance bookings.
See the DOC Website for more information and updates: Copland Track
Copland River (II-IV)
A few hundred meters below Architect Creek, there are a few Class IV sections with 1-2m boulder drops, which are easily portaged on the left. The gradient eases, with a few larger class III rapids which have some big holes that need avoiding. Easily scoutable. Before too long, the river becomes mostly class I with a few fun class II rapids until the confluence with the Karangarua.
Karangarua River (I/II)
Below the confluence, the volume doubles, with some larger wave trains and long flat sections. On a windy day it might be a little slow going at times.
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