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Lower Matakitaki River

Whitewater kayaking on the Matakitaki River The lower section of the Matakitaki River is only a short run. It’s not the hardest run out there, but it’s really fun! It seems to have a bit of everything in it. The fun starts at the put in before your kayak even gets wet! There is a big wooden slide that launches you into the river. Get in your kayak at the top, give yourself a push and slide all the way down into the river. It’s a fun way to start a trip. It’s also entertaining watching others try to slide into the water. Some with more success than others! There are a lot of boulders and rocks on this river to … Continue reading
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Glenroy River in High Water

Whitewater kayaking on the main drop on Glenroy River After warming up on the Buller River in the morning, we headed back to our camp at Murchison for a quick lunch. We then set out to run the Glenroy River for an afternoon paddle. A bit of rain had begun to fall in the last couple of days, which was great as it had been dry for quite a while. Glenroy River had risen a fair bit due to the rain. There is a big flat rock at the take out bridge that is used to gauge the level of the river. The water was nearly covering the entire rock. It was higher than Brendon had seen it before. After checking the level, we … Continue reading
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Buller River: Granity Creek Section

Buller River: Granity Creek Section Arriving in Christchurch, New Zealand I met up with Tristan at the airport early in the morning. We started organising our vehicle, kayaks and other essentials for the next couple of weeks on the road. Andrew arrived later that evening. We stayed in and around Christchurch for a couple of days finalising everything before setting off for the West Coast. Over in the West Coast we begun having some car troubles. We tried to get that sorted out, which wasted another day or two. Meanwhile, it seemed there were no other paddlers out in Hokitika. There had been a really low amount of rainfall recently and the rivers on the West Coast had all become … Continue reading
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