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The West Akas is a lesser known local Wellington kayak run. Unless you have access to the Valley View forest gate key and know where you are going then it is best to bite the bullet and walk the 3km motorbike track alongside the river to the put-in (river left).
The run starts at McGee's bridge and soon enters a series of rock gardens with several nice but small drops. This steeper section culminates in a narrow chute which needs to be scouted for logs. After this the gradient drops away and the river is Class II. The run is not worth the walk at low flows (less than 0.9m on the Akatarawa Cemetary gauge). It is defin itely an option at higher flows and is well worth the walk.
If it's a nice day and the river is up you can float on down to the usual Karapoti put-in on the true Akatarawa River or even continue right down to the Hutt River confluence (Twin Bridges).