Taipo / Mid Taipo Hut to Taipo River Road Bridge (Lower Taipo)

Info

Class: 
II-III
Portage?: 
No
Level: 
2.8-3.2 on gauge
Gauge: 

at the river by the bridge

Gradient: 
13.0m/km
Length: 
13.0km
Time: 
4-5 hours
Put in: 
Mid Taipo Hut
Take out: 
Taipo River Bridge on SH73
Shuttle: 
Helicopter Section 7B
Maps: 
K33
Character: 
Easy bouldergardens
Hot tip: 
Good intermediate trip
Tags: 
Rain
Helicopter

At Mid Taipo Hut the gradient eases markedly into 13 kilometres of class II-III boulder gardens through open valley flats to the last gorge and the road bridge. If flows are very high (>3.4 gauge) this section on its own is a lot of fun and gets into class IV at flows around 4 on the gauge.

To get to the take out: find the Taipo River Bridge on SH73. Drive east from the bridge for 1 kilometre and look for a road on the right marked Taipo Valley Access. This rough, steep road climbs over the first gorge. Unless you have four wheel drive, park at the top of the hill and walk down to the river.

History: 
Credits: 
Graham Charles
NZ Whitewater 4th Edition 2006: 
p174