Our purpose is to preserve New Zealand's whitewater resources and enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.


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

NZRCA River Guide now online


The NZRCA River Guide is intended to be an authoritative guide to the sections of rivers used by kayakers in New Zealand/Aotearoa. By referencing a robust, stable index of sections, paddlers, authors, photographers, researchers, planners, bloggers, and students can compare notes, share knowledge and enhance understanding. With permission from Graham Charles, the NZRCA River Guide has been seeded with sections from New Zealand Whitewater (4th Ed.).

Mangahao release scheduled for Saturday 4 and Saturday 18 October


[9 September] NZRCA and King Country Energy have agreed to a Mangahao release on Saturday 18 October. Negotiations are continuing regarding a replacement for a previously cancelled release, likely to happen in September or October.

About the NZRCA River Guide

Background to the NZRCA River Guide.

SPARC Hillary Expedition 2008/2009 applications open

SPARC have announced that applications for the Hillary Expedition 2008/2009 are now open. Funding is available for up to six teams for outdoor adventures in New Zealand or around the world. Applications will be accepted till 26 September 2008.

Wairoa release dates for 2008/2009

Bruce Clarke at Kaimai Canoe Club has passed on the Wairoa Release dates for the 2008/2009 season.

Ngaawapurua Rapids Access


There has been some misunderstanding about access to Ngaawapurua Rapids (Waikato River, Taupo). Access is open to the public, however arrangements have to be made with the security company:
Forest & General Security Ltd,
63 Miro St
07-376 5333.
Please respect this arrangement and the land, so that future negotiations for access are not hampered by disrespectful use.

Tongariro River release date changes

Genesis Energy have advised that the recreational release from Rangipo Dam, scheduled for Sunday 11th May will be changed to Saturday 31st May 2008. The postponement is due to a change in dates of the Poutu Canal maintenance project. The project was originally scheduled to run from 5 January to 5 May 2008 but was suspended due to generation constraints on the 5 February and recommenced on the 25th March. The maintenance programme will finish on the 25th May.


Hugh Canard describes the Arahura River. This article was originally published in NZ Canoeing 39.

Access to the Karangarua

Tony Ward-Holmes outlines the case for air access to the Karangarua submitted to the Westland/Tai Poutini National Park Draft Management Plan and hearings with the West Coast Conservancy Board. The original article was published in NZ Canoeing, 00.1 (Autumn 2000).

The Karamea River - Sheer magic

This trip report about three days on the Karamea by Alan Bell originally appeared in the Hutt Valley Canoe Club "River Rag" newsletter, February 2001 and an edited version appeared in New Zealand Canoeing, Autumn 2001.
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