Jollie River (II+/III) from above Littles Hut

The Jollie river lies between the Burnett mountains and the Gamack range and flows into the north east corner of Lake Pukaki. Its a straight forward 16km out and back trip, which can be done as a longer day trip or easy overnighter. Thanks to Craig Ball for the information and photos to make up this trip page.

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Jollie River carpark to put in above Littles Hut
Take Braemar Mout Cook Station road to a small carpark and DOC sign about 1km before the bridge/takeout over the Jollie. From here there is an easement along a vehicle track which allows walkin access to the Braemar Conservation Area. Learn more about tracks in the area via the Tasman River Tracks page on the DOC website.

Jollie Hut, about 3km from the road, is an option for overnight stays, but Green Point Hut (10km’s in) is better situated for overnight excursions.

Continue north on benches and braided riverbed to the put in, which is 1 km above the derelict Littles hut. Here, there is and obvious constriction where the gradient increases.

Jollie River (II) from above Littles Hut to Braemar Station Road bridge
It’s a fast ride home and the paddling is fairly straight forward class II+, the plus being for the continuous rapids and infrequent Eddie’s.for the  . There are some rock obstacles where the river constricts around Greenpoint Hut, which require good grade III skills.

Visual at the road bridge/take out.

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  1. Owen Keet says:

    Recently ran the Jollie at perhaps higher flows than the author did and found the section around Green Point Hut to be more challenging than grade 2. We had a few swims after been surfed in a hole or two. The hole right on the corner next to large rock dealt to our Alpaca Gnu. Would be best to avoid and run on river left which was the intended line but it was a bit pushy. Great day

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