Hutt / Twin Bridges to Poet's Corner (Maoribank Run)

Info

Class: 
II
Portage?: 
No
Level: 
Any but best if Te Marua Gauge is > 0.9m
Gauge: 

0800 220 170 Hutt at Te Marua

Gradient: 
1.7m/km
Length: 
7.5km
Time: 
1-2.5 hours
Put in: 
At the confluence of Hutt and Akatarawa Rivers (Twin Bridges) or at the Hutt Valley CC Clubrooms
Take out: 
At Poet's Corner across from Whakatikei Street next to SH2 (River Road) just north of the Moonshine Bridge
Shuttle: 
7.2km along Akatarawa Rd then SH2 (River Road)
Maps: 
NZMS 260 R26
Character: 
Open Class II with one potential Class III rapid (Maoribank). Road frontage most of the way.
Hot tip: 
Watch out for swimmers!

Leaving the Twin Bridges you encounter a right hand bend with a left wall easily negotiated but can be troublesome for newbies at higher flows. Easy Class II down to overhead wire bridge then onto sharp right bend about 3km down. This is Maoribank Rapid and has several bedrock features and chutes to negotiate. This can be Class III depending on flows. Can be portaged generally in a variety of ways. Another km down you pass beneath the Totara Park road bridge then there may be several small drops/waves before you pass the Whakatikei Stream confluence on river right (easily missed) then very soon you are at the take out (river left). This is a popular swimming spot so expect to see people and maybe even a dog or two.

Beware of willows and old riverworks.  

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