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

Okere Enduro Race goes off

The inaugural Okere Enduro Race was held on the Kaituna River on Saturday 15 December. There were around 50 competitors who took up the challenge of paddling down and running up the standard rafting section for six hours continuously. Most competed in a relay team of three, but six hardy souls did the race solo. The Smooth Liners (Pete, Luuka and Tim) won the teams event with 24 laps under their belt. Jamie Sutton won the solo category by completing 21 laps in 6 hours.

Hawea Whitewater Enhancement Project nears completion

[Updated: 13 December] On Thursday 29 November, some Otago kayakers enjoyed test flows on the Scott Shipley-designed course on the Hawea River. Several more weeks of commissioning work are anticipated. The Hawea Whitewater Enhancement Project is an outcome of the negotiations around Contact Energy's resource consents as mitigation for the loss of recreational amenity resulting from the Clyde dam, and in particular the drowning of rapids at Bannockburn, Cromwell Gap and the world-class Sargood's Weir.

Okere Enduro Teams Kayak Race

Kayaking meets enduro! A 6hr endurance kayak event on Saturday 15 December at Okere Falls on the Kaituna River. Mixed teams of three (minimum of 1 female on each team). Paddle down the river - run back up to the top & tag your team mate (boats transported for you). The team that completes the most laps in 6hrs wins. Entry: $60 per team of three ($20pp). Prizes for winners. If you can't race and you are able to help with organisation please let Ben know. Contact or ph: 0273293291

Update on Aratiatia access

Whitewater NZ Access Officer Matt Bennett has been following up on the Aratiatia situation and provides the following update:

Last month a group of kayakers including Ben Brown and other Red Bull athletes were unable to kayak at Aratiatia. The group initially paddled the lower section of the Aratiatia rapids on the Waikato River. It was a warm up run and their intention was to scout the full rapid and paddle it on the next release.