Access to rivers, touring and trip reports, recreational releases, river usage.

Kaituna River access: Coroner's inquest re Louise Jull

Last week Matt Bennett made a submission on behalf of Whitewater NZ to the Coroner's inquest into the death of Louise Jull on the Kaituna River. John Snook also made an independent submission. In doing so they became party to all other submissions (currently confidential). Whitewater NZ has sought professional legal counsel to aid in our submission.

ORC river works on Water of Leith

Kayakers are advised that flood protection works are underway on the Water of Leith from February to May 2014. Otago Regional Council (ORC) works are between the Dundas St Bridge and the Union St Bridge. Part of the works entails extensive work in the river channel and on the right bank of the river. The works would at times be a hazard for river users and kayakers. Warning signs have been placed upstream. Attached maps indicate warning sign placements.

Updates sought for New Zealand Whitewater Guide, 5th edition

Graham Charles is re writing NZ Whitewater for its 5th edition. He is interested in any new runs, changes, access, changes or issues - basically anything that might be worth noting to make this edition as useful as possible for locals and visitors alike. "Even new runs that will always remain the domain of locals; we should publish the fact that it is done and first ‘D’ etc. As we’ve all learned over the years – if we haven’t published it – we can’t fight for it." Feel free to contact Graham at