Monthly Archives: September 2010

Hollyford River Day 2 – Falls Creek to Marian Ck Swing Bridge

whitewater kayaking on the Hollyford River Yesterday we paddled the Hollyford River from Falls Creek to Gunn’s Camp. Today we decided to get up early and head to Milford Sound before going for a paddle later in the day. We caught one of the cruises that take you through Milford Sound. This is an amazing place, unlike anything I’ve seen before. It’s an extremely popular tourist destination, and for good reason. If you haven’t heard of it before, google it and have a look at some of the amazing images. After our morning cruise on Milford Sound, we headed back to the Hollyford River to paddle the Falls Creek to Marian Creek swing bridge section. We paddled this section the previous … Continue reading
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Hollyford River Day 1 – Falls Creek to Gunn’s Camp

whitewater kayaking on the Hollyford River After our first taste of New Zealand whitewater on the Shotover River we headed for the Hollyford River. The Hollyford River is only about 50km to the North West of the Shotover River. Although driving there isn’t so simple, it’s almost a 300km trip. From Queenstown you drive about 110km South, before heading West for 60km, then another 150km North. We stayed the night at Gunn’s Camp, which was absolutely swarming with blood sucking sand flies. We put up our tent as quick as possible and tried to hide from the swarm, but it didn’t to much good. Any spot on your body that wasn’t covered got bitten, and was itchy as hell for the … Continue reading
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Shotover River

Floating down the Shotover River in kayaks After arriving in Christchurch, New Zealand, and sorting out vehicles and gear, we headed south to Queenstown. When renting a vehicle in New Zealand, every company has a clause in their rental agreement that states you are not insured in any way on a select few roads. Having our rental for less than 24hours, we set off for our first taste of New Zealand whitewater, the Shotover River… Which happens to be down Skippers Canyon Rd… Which is one of the few prohibited roads. Driving to the put in, it’s easy to see why. The dirt road is extremely windy with scree covered mountains rising up on one side, and sheer cliffs on the other. … Continue reading
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