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Kaituna / Gnarly Gorge, V

Class: 
V
Portage?: 
No
Level: 
as per the Okere Falls section
Gauge: 
gates on Lake Rotoiti
Kaituna
Gradient: 
36m/km
Put in: 
Bottom of Awesome Gorge run
Upstream of: 
Smokey Falls

Below Awesome Gorge take out you are immediately into the meat of Gnarly Gorge which is a continuation of Awesome Gorge style of paddling but much narrower, steeper and faster with hidden trees and more waterfalls. You must seek quality local beta before you try this one.

Paddlers have been regularly portaging the "Gnarly Gorge" section using the track on river right through the pine forest. It is about a 30 minute walk downstream to the next pool. Be aware the river right is all private land and it is up to the individual to get permission for access. River left for most of the length of "Awesome and Gnarly" is "Scenic Reserve" but there are very few tracks.

Credits: 
Graham Charles
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