Boyle River (III) Poplars gorge

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. Featured image is By Michal Klajban ( (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

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From Boyle Village to put in via St James Walkway
The St James Walkway is a major Tramping track, and starts at the back of Boyle Village.

Follow the track for about 3.5km to where it leaves the Beech forest, then find a way down to the river. The St James Walkway continues to follow the Boyle for a long way, but above here the river really needs rain for it to be packrafted.

Boyle River (III) Poplars gorge
To distinguish from the other gorges on the Boyle, this one is named after the range to the south of it, which parallels this section.

Medium volume class III.

Take out at Boyle Village or continue floating for as many days as it takes to reach the ocean…

Visual at Boyle Lodge.

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