Kaituna river access

Priority: 
Critical
Topic: 
Lower Kaituna Gorges. Photo: Ryan Lucas.

Bay of Plenty Regional Harbourmaster Peter Buell has announced his intention to close the Awesome, Gnarly, and Smokey gorges citing safety reasons.

Several kayaking fatalities (2015, 2007) have occurred in the gorges. The primary hazard is entrapment on logs in the river, that often appear to be from adjacent logging operations.


Want to help?

  • Attend the Info Session - Kaituna Lower Gorges, 7:30pm, 27 March 2019, c/- Rotorua Rafting.
  • For the moment, cease paddling Awesome, Gnarly, and Smokey until the legal access can be resolved.

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