Arnold / Kaimata to Kokiri

Info

Class: 
II
Portage?: 
No
Level: 
Above 35 cumecs
Gauge: 

Visual

Gradient: 
10.0m/km
Length: 
5.0km
Time: 
1-2 hours
Put in: 
Power station at Kaimata
Take out: 
Road bridge at Kokiri
Shuttle: 
4km
Maps: 
Character: 
Warm, single braid, fun
Hot tip: 
Fight to save it from hydro electric schemes
The Arnold River drains from Lake Brunner, inland of Greymouth, and is a fantastic, mellow run ideal for after work or on a relaxing weekend.

The river flows quite quickly down a steady gradient with some great surf waves, rock splats and single channel rapids. The river is used extensively by locals, the local high school and Tai Poutini polytech for teaching their outdoor rec students. It is always warm, and offers a fantastic venue, the only decent one on the Coast!, for teaching beginners. Watch out for the willow trees.

To get to the put-in; drive towards Reefton from Greymouth. Turn right at Stillwater and drive for about 6km to the signposted road on the left to the power station. Put in either down the grassy ramp to the right of the power station, or down the small gravel track that branches off to the right.

To get to the take-out; drive about 4km back towards Stillwater to the Kokiri freezing works on the right hand side. Turn to the right and park at the bridge.


History: 
The Arnold is currently under serious threat from hydro development. The NZRCA is actively working to protect this river resource.
Credits: 
Glenn Murdoch
NZ Whitewater 4th Edition 2006: 
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Comments

JamesR's picture

Hey Guys - just passing on a message from Andy England as of early October 2016

The Arnold has some temporary hazards - willow logs floating and catching on rocks. They should clear with a decent flood and will leave key spots much cleaner.
Worth taking a saw and old ropes if you can for next few weeks.