Grebe / Percy Valley bridge to Lake Manapouri

Info

Class: 
II-III+
Portage?: 
No
Level: 
Above 18 cumecs
Gauge: 

Visual

Gradient: 
11.0m/km
Length: 
3.0km
Time: 
1 hour
Put in: 
Percy Valley Bridge
Take out: 
End of the road at Lake Manapouri
Shuttle: 
3km
Maps: 
NZ Topo D42
Character: 
Easy boulder gardens, beautiful scenery.
Hot tip: 
Take a mountain bike and get dropped off at Borland Saddle
Tags: 
Moderate
Rain
You have to work for this one. It is a long way off the beaten track and best suits those in the area for other reasons (tramping, mountain biking). The run is moderate and needs water to make it worthwhile. Locals say it gets to class IV in very high flows. Maybe it does, but you can decide.

To get to the put-in, head into the deep south and Borland Lodge, west of Monowai and north of Lake Monowai. Drive past the Lodge and through the gate on the road over the Borland Saddle. Follow this winding gravel road for 37km to the Percy Valley bridge.

To get to the take-out, continue 3km down the road to the south arm of Lake Manapouri where there is a DOC public shelter and toilets. Take plenty of HEAVY DUTY insect repellant!!

History: 
Credits: 
Graham Charles
NZ Whitewater 4th Edition 2006: 
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Comments

Matt Coles's picture

(Squirrel Main writing). Wicked flood run--the locals are right. huge holes, hydraulics. Was roughly three days of solid rain prior to run. Scout from bridge and confluence. Rest was read-and-runnable