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 practice eddy hopping and ferries. There’s also a bit of wood and a number of trees growing close to the bank. They didn’t pose any issues when we were there but you should always keep an eye out.
After meandering down river for a few kilometres, there is one final rapid, which is also the largest of the trip. The rapid is a few hundred metres long and seems to have a bit more gradient than the rest of the run. It was a good way to finish off before heading back to Murchison for some lunch.
Thanks once again to Kayo for the photo’s and for driving shuttle for us! Much appreciated!
Don’t forget to watch this short video of trip:
Trip Date: 25 December 2010
For more information on paddling this run, check out Whitewater NZ’s guide to the Lower Matakitaki River.