Wairaurahiri / Lake Hauroko to Coast

Info

Class: 
II+
Portage?: 
No
Gauge: 
Gradient: 
0.0m/km
Length: 
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Time: 
Put in: 
Lake Hauroko
Take out: 
Waitutu Lodge on the South Coast
Shuttle: 
Jetboat, see below
Maps: 
Character: 
Hot tip: 
Usually get transported from takeout by jetboat back up the river. See Hump Ridge Jet (http://www.wildernessjet.co.nz/) or Wairaurahiri Jet (http://www.wjet.co.nz/wjet/default.asp). RUS 2315
History: 
Credits: 
Brian Thorne, Jonathan Hunt
NZ Whitewater 4th Edition 2006: 
p0

Comments

mudskipper's picture

A great river for packrafts. Walk or jet boat into Teal Bay, then paddle down to the coast. Can then walk out around the track back to the road end.

hugh's picture

This is an easy wilderness paddle that suits relative novices and more expert paddlers alike. The attraction is the remoteness and the continuous flow. There are very few playspots and technical water it certainly is not. Lake Hauroko is one of the remnants of Gondwanaland, being NZ's deepest lake with no introduced plants or fish. The lake is either quiet and brooding or extremely rough and turbulent. Any N or W winds will create massive waves and waterspouts. Hauroko means smoking winds, and it's accurate.

The jet boat option is the one everyone uses, for good reason. You can paddle down the lake to the river, or get a ride to Rata Burn. Then at the end of the day get a ride back to the jetty at the road end. The river is a 26km continuous rush of Grade 2 water with a few trees hanging over the banks in places, but it's easy water, with a few larger eddies. High low or medium doesn't make a lot of difference to the rapids. The banks are forested with old growth beech and the understory has more ferns than you will see anywhere. The trip ends literally in Foveaux Strait and there is some challenging surf if you have any remaining energy while waiting for the pickup. Sandflies. YES.

Hugh Canard