Saturday, July 16, 2016

Kawarau River - New Zealand

New Zealand is famous, or infamous, for it's rivers and whitewater. Pristine, remoteness, continuous gradient and often helicopter access are all images that resonate when people dream about paddling in New Zealand. There is one thing, however, that people do not think about and that is "Big Water'. No, New Zealand cannot compete with the Himalaya and the Coastal Range of BC for their big water titles but there are are still a few gems to be had. The North Island has Aratiatia and Huke Falls on the Waikato River and in the South we have the Kawarau. With David Bain over from the UK and Ari and myself not working for the entire summer, we continually found ourselves back there to paddle the warm and exhilarating rapids of the K, namely Nevis Bluff, Citroen and Retrospect. 

 Jordy entering Nevis Bluff

Road side, but you feel isolated in there

 Ari about to enter the 3rd part of the Bluff

Stoked to rip the Braaap in there.  

David launching

 Adrian Kiernan feeling small. 

Ari on Citroen.