Whangaehu / Te Tui to Collier's Bridge (Middle Run)

Info

Class: 
II (III)
Portage?: 
No
Level: 
Any but snow melt or recent rain is better
Gauge: 
Gradient: 
10.7m/km
Length: 
11.2km
Time: 
2-3 hours
Put in: 
At Te Tui farm entrance on Whangaehu Valley Road, 16.3km south of SH49
Take out: 
At Colliers Bridge, 7.1km south along Whangaehu Valley Rd
Shuttle: 
7.1km along Whangaehu Valley Rd down to Collier's Bridge
Maps: 
Character: 
Class II with some easy Class III at normal flows.
Hot tip: 
Bring your own drinking water.

The Middle section of the Whangaehu is slightly easier but actually longer than the upper Quarry run. It is best to run both sections at once as this avoids the long uphill take out at Te Tui. Less experienced paddlers can join in at Te Tui. Before heading down the paddocks from the Te Tui fram entrance you should seek permission from the local farm. The NZMG ref at the farm entrance on Whangaehu Valley Rd is E2719770 N6177085).

The Middle section has plenty of bouncy rapids and some rocks to avoid. The river winds its way around numerous corners so it will take a while. It is easier than the upper run but it is longer.

Notice the mud on the tree stems around 8 metres above the river level and imagine the power of the lahar that deposited that mud! Keep an eye out for trees and logs which are moving around since the lahar. On our last run in November 2007 we saw 2 deer in this valley!

When you get to Collier's bridge run the river past the bridge then exit on river left about 200m downstream. There have been slalom's here in the past so keep an eye out for wires! 

History: 
Credits: 
Alan Bell
NZ Whitewater 4th Edition 2006: 
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