Lewis River (III) from Deer Valley

One of a series of ‘teaser’ trip pages for those heading to the 2017 NZ Packrafting Meetup. Thanks to Hugh Canard for the information. I’m hopeful that the Meetup will result in a little more info plus a few photos so we can expand these pages. View Larger Topographic Map Lewis River (III) from Deer…

Boyle River (II+) from Boyle Village to Windy Point

One of a series of ‘teaser’ trip pages for those heading to the 2017 NZ Packrafting Meetup. Thanks to Hugh Canard for the information. I’m hopeful that the Meetup will result in a little more info plus a few photos so we can expand these pages. View Larger Topographic Map Boyle River (II+) from Boyle…

Ahuriri River (I-II) from Watson Creek

The upper section needs a bit of rain to be worth a trip, but it’s a beautiful valley and a very mellow paddle. Depending on your enthusiasm, time and objectives, you could visit the Ahuriri for a day trip, a short shuttle run, or a long float all the way to Omarama. View Larger Topographic…

Eglinton River West Branch (II/III) Cascade Creek to Mistake Creek

A great road accessible run, through beautiful native bush. This trip page is derived from a trip report by Jamie McAuley and information from Gerard Hill. Photo is of the Lower Eglinton Valley (below Mistake Creek) sourced online from www.mygola.com/eglinton-valley-p58188 . View Larger Topographic Map Eglinton River West Branch(III) Cascade Creek to Mistake Creek The…

Makarora River (II) Cameron Flat to Bridge Flat

Most of the Makarora is a wide braided river, which gets quite bony in the upper reaches in normal flows. The main road runs close by for much of its length, so you could start higher (Dans Flat) or even do the short hike to the swingbridge by the Makarora Gorge for a slightly more…

Hawea River (II)

The Hawea is a hydro dam controlled river. In its usual state of 10 cumecs, it’s a very simple class II run, close to town. When the dam releases, the play wave in the middle is rated at class III and will be full with all the local kayakers! View Larger Topographic Map The Hawea…