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Hutt / Twin Lakes to Mangaroa, II

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Alternate Name: 
Twin Lakes


Any but ideally more than 1.8m at Te Marua
0800 220 170 Hutt at Te Marua
1-2 hours
Put in: 
At the take out for Hutt Gorge run - turn left off SH2 at Te Marua Golf Club
Take out: 
Either at Mangaroa Stream confluence beside SH2 or further down where Akatarawa River joins (at Twin Bridges)
Approx 6km
NZMS 260 R26
Easy flat paddle for beginners with some faster rapids. Potential danger from willows and riverworks. Multiple take-out points for unhappy paddlers. Full cell phone coverage.
Hot tip: 
Pray for rain, watch out for golf balls.

The Twin Lakes run traditionally begins at the take out for the much harder Hutt Gorge run and ends at the Hutt Valley CC rooms along Black Beech street in Birchville, Upper Hutt.

Alternatively you can take out half way down at the confluence of Mangaroa Stream beside SH2. The section from the Mangaroa Stream down to the Akatarawa confluence (Twin Bridges) is known as the Junction section. Then if you continue downstream for another 2km you arrive at the steps on river left to the HVCC clubrooms.

Twin Lakes is easy class II with several fast moving rapids but no serious drops or good play spots at normal flows. Danger comes from willows and riverworks and learners should not be allowed to lead for this reason. At one spot you can have fun gathering golf balls.

Take out as mentioned above at the Akatarawa confluence (also known as Twin Bridges) on river left or continue down to HVCC clubrooms (river left).

Alan Bell
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