A great run for beginners and has become one of the hot destination play runs when the water is high. You’ll be pushed to find a park at the put in on a weekend high water day!
The Mangles is a welcome break from the wide open spaces of the Buller and the range of easy rapids, practice pools, very relaxing scenery and liberally spread put ins and take outs make it one of the more popular teaching runs.
The suspension bridge up the Mangles Valley provides an easy put in or take out for a shorter trip on either section if required. Access is on river left where there is a stile over the fence on river left side.
To get to the take out: from Murchison drive north until you cross the Mangles River. Turn left immediately after the bridge and park in the picnic area. To get to the top put in: turn up the Mangles Valley road on the southern side of the river off SH6. Drive 5.9km and you will spy and old wooden bridge across the river (do not walk on it). Park here but make sure to leave enough room for large milk trucks to zoom by. Walk down the track just upstream of the bridge.