Taharua / Red Hut to Mohaka confluence


visual (Mohaka Glenfalls Gauge 1500mm+)
30 minutes
Put in: 
Red Hut
Take out: 
Hut down stream of Taharua/Mohaka confluence
2km 4WD track
Steepish slides with small drops.
Hot tip: 
Short but scary. Make sure you get in contact with Poronui Station beforehand!

Good news, the shuttle is realy short and easy but the access is not. You must get access from Porinui Station, as they control the gate the area. Also, a 4WD would be handy; otherwise some walking is in order. Poronui Station PH: +64-7-384-2080.

First series of rapids including the crux are just below the Red Hut. Scouting on river right is recommended, as boat scouting is difficult. First rapid is an easy slide, which leads into a class IV+ rapid. This is comprised of a slide and a couple of 1-2m drops, that have quite a narrow line. Flat pool for about 200m follows.

Next rapid is an easy slide, followed up with a sticky drop on river right. Portage/scout on river right. Following this is a shallow boulder garden with some small drops which leads into the confluence to the Mohaka River. After that is a few hundred metres to a class III rapid. Directly after that is the take out at the hut.

To get the TAKE OUT: Take the Napier Taupo Highway (SH5) east of Taupo for 25km. Take a right onto Taharua Road. Drive down the 20km till you get to an automatic gate, continue driving to till you get to a bridge crossing Taharua River. Take the left turn just before it. Once you get to the Red Hut, continue down the 4WD track, and make sure to take the turn down the right hand side track to a hut on the Mohaka River. There should be a class III rapid next to the hut.

To the PUT IN: Put in is at the Red Hut, next to the Taharua River.

Allen Yip
NZ Whitewater 4th Edition 2006: 


gwynfor's picture

This section can be done without having to drive into Poronui - as long as you continue on down the Mohaka afterwards. Just park at the DoC carpark at the Poronui gates and follow the access track until you cross the river (maybe 1km). Get in and float down. This is mostly flat until Red Hut, but does have one long slide rapid which is a bunch of fun...

More details are on the guide to the Mohaka from Poronui.

Gwyn Ashcroft