Buller / Howard River Bridge to Harley's Rock Bridge (Howard to Harley's Rock)

Info

Class: 
I-II
Portage?: 
No
Level: 
any
Gauge: 

visual

Gradient: 
6.0m/km
Length: 
5.0km
Time: 
40-90 minutes
Put in: 
800m east of Howard River Bridge on SH63
Take out: 
Harley’s Rock Bridge on SH63
Shuttle: 
5
Maps: 
M29
Character: 
Single braid, single channel.
Hot tip: 
Watch for fencing wire in the river.

A pleasant cruise on an ever-growing river featuring plenty of straight-shot rapids with good eddies at the bottom. The put in can be used as the take out for the upper run. The section is often used for beginner courses and club trips and can be extended by continuing to a large gravel pit a couple of kilometres past Harley’s Rock Bridge. For those after something different this stretch is suitable for K1, open boats or any other recreational floating craft. To get to the take out: SH63 runs between Kawatiri Junction and St Arnaud. About 7km east of the SH63/SH6 junction is the Harley’s Rock Bridge over the Buller River. To get to the put in: continue along SH63 for 5km to just past the Howard River Bridge and find anywhere with access to the river.

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