Takaka at http://www.tdc.govt.nz/
The Takaka is one of the most popular Golden Bay runs. It has an intermediate lower run with road access and good play spots. The first few kilometres have the biggest rapids and some good playholes and eddy lines. Boat caddies can drive along the river and deliver the appropriate boat for the ultimate ride. After Sam’s Creek the gradient eases but the surf waves don’t. Surf on down to the bridge.Check it out and decide for yourself. At 20 cumecs, this is ok if it’s a hot day and you really feel the need to get wet. It’s pool drop style paddling and the drops are fairly scrapey. There isn’t a lot to play in. At 40 cumecs this turns into a great class III play run. Loads of fast waves, a few good holes, and the odd III+ drop which you’ll want to make your lines on. At well above 40 I imagine it would be a lot of fun. There is a fair bit of gradient in some of the drops, meaning it would take a lot of water to drown them out. After paddling: There’s the Wholemeal Cafe in Takaka of course, as well as good newer places like Dangerous.