Lochy / 'The Lochy'

Info

Class: 
IV
Portage?: 
No
Level: 
Running clean
Gauge: 

Probably OK when the Nevis River is at good flow. Local fishermen may be able to provide some information.

Gradient: 
20.0m/km
Length: 
12.0km
Time: 
4 hours
Put in: 
River flats, 1.5km down stream from Billy Creek, just above footbridge
Take out: 
State Highway 6 – opposite Halfway Bay Station. Leave car 6km down the road (south) from Wye Creek single lane bridge
Shuttle: 
12km from Queenstown airport at Frankton
Maps: 
E42, F42
Character: 
Tight, technical boating
Hot tip: 
Take a nice hot flask of milo and a camera
Tags: 
Helicopter
The Lochy has some picturesque beech forest scenery, and nice class IV boating with a couple of portages around sumps. The water is cold and clear. The run takes about four hours from the river flats to the river mouth at the farm station and finishes with a 3.5km paddle across Lake Wakatipu to the car (shuttled there before going to the airport).
History: 
Credits: 
Graham Charles, Keith Riley, Graham Wesley
NZ Whitewater 4th Edition 2006: 
p0

Comments

welsh_rob's picture

Needs regrading, definitely not for your usual grade 3 boater, unless you like portaging for 1 hour!

jonathan's picture

Add history from p271 NZWW 2002