Grey / Gentle Annie Gorge (Māwheranui)

Info

Class: 
III
Portage?: 
No
Level: 
60-150 cumecs
Gauge: 

Westland District Council flow phone 083225494

Gradient: 
5.0m/km
Length: 
15.0km
Time: 
2-4 hours
Put in: 
End of gravel road on river right
Take out: 
River access point off Waipuna Road.
Shuttle: 
49km
Maps: 
L31
Character: 
Single channel, moderate, good eddy lines.
Hot tip: 
Drive carefully into the put in, the road is very narrow and winding.
Tags: 
Moderate

An excellent scenic, moderate trip for strong beginners. Great eddies and scenery offer a fun half-day trip, or take lunch (and sandfly repellent) and make a day of it. Low volume boats will find plenty of squirting and playing through the gorge.

To get to the PUT IN: from Ikamatua: drive north on SH7 for three kilometres to a road signposted Hukarere, immediately before the Snowy Creek bridge. Turn right onto this road and drive 29 kilometres on a single lane, gravel road to a creek down to the river. If you get to a house and private property sign, you have gone 150 metres too far. Carry down the bank and across the river flats to the river. To get to the TAKE OUT: return to Ikamatua and drive south over the Big Grey River bridge. About 200 metres after the bridge, turn left at a sign to: Waipuna No Exit. Follow this road for 16.5 kilometres, over two bridges, to anywhere with access to the river. Leave gates as you find them.

The upper Grey area creates the option of a multi-day, moderate trip starting south of Springs Junction. This starts on the northern branch (Blue Grey) and goes down to the junction with the Grey. Most parties continue and camp somewhere before the Gentle Annie Gorge, finishing at Waipuna Road the next day

Credits: 
Graham Charles
NZ Whitewater 4th Edition 2006: 
p167