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Waimakariri / Gorge Bridge to SH1 Bridge, I

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Waimakariri Old Highway Bridge

WWCC Brass Monkey Race is held here. Faces reduced flows if CPW scheme proceeds. The reach from the Gorge Bridge to the SH1 Bridge (or subsets of it) is widely used by jet boaters and down river racing paddlers, particularly for training. Willows on river banks can be a hazard at times as can river protection works and most of the rapids are relatively straight forward although significant turbulence sometimes occurs where braided channels re-join.


Class 2 commonly exists at

Sam_Milne's picture

Class 2 commonly exists at certian flows where changing braids lead the main flow directly into stainers (willow trees). Be aware.

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