Here;s another quality short run made possible by the 1929 earthquake that sent a huge slip into the river and dammed it. Technical maneuvering through boulder gardens at the start of the run creates a slightly different run than many others in the region. A lot of wood shifts around so always be wary if it’s your first trip in a while. There are often a couple of good play holes right near the put-in visible from the road, and people have been known to park-n-play right there.
When faced with the numerous channel options at the beginning most go for the far right. The tight, technical moves make this a great learning ground for those just mastering the problems of cross current travel in tight spaces.
There is a range of play options down this middle stretch and some good channel convergences to get stern squirts or ends. A little further all the channels join up for the final run down the main rapid – an exciting rollercoaster ride finishing in large standing waves. It’s quicker to get out on river left one hundred metres below the wave chain and walk up the farm track - leave gates as you find them. If you carry on to Murchison it is an easy float with some class I and II riffles.
If you like your action dished up big wait for one of the legendary Buller floods to hit the area. Get yourself to the put-in and run this section a couple of times. I once did five runs in a row when there was about 200 cumecs thundering down. It took twelve minutes to the bridge in Murchison!
To get to the take out: after about four kilometres there is a gate on the left side. Park well off the road. To get to the put in: continue up this road for about one kilometre to where the road returns to the river next to a gate and old flow gauge. Park well of the road and put in at the bottom of the steps to the river.