Wairoa / Andrews Road Bridge to Max's Bush (Lower Gorge)

Info

Class: 
II-II+
Portage?: 
No
Level: 
80-200 cumecs
Gauge: 

Tasman District Council flow phone 03 544 3393

Gradient: 
10.0m/km
Length: 
7.5km
Time: 
2 to 4 hours
Put in: 
Andrews Road Bridge, approximately 6km upstream from the Wairoa-Lee confluence (Grid Ref N28 179736)
Take out: 
Max's Bush
Shuttle: 
9
Maps: 
N28
Character: 
scenic and easy rapids
Hot tip: 
Tags: 
Rain

When conditions are right there are a number of other trips in the area to keep you wet. Lower Wairoa Gorge: paddlers seeking a less demanding trip can put in at the take out for the Upper Gorge section and take out directly above the weir at Max's Bush. This take out is approximately 1.5 km below the Wairoa/Lee confluence on river left. At 80-200 cumecs this section from the bridge consists of the occasional class II+ rapid.

History: 
Credits: 
Sarah McRae and Geoff Miles
NZ Whitewater 4th Edition 2006: 
p124