Rangihau Rd is not maintained by the council.
The recent popularity of Oteao and Rangihau has lead to a significant increase in vehicle traffic, and locals who maintain the road are concerned about damage to the road.
Unfortunately they have asked Canyoners to refrain from visiting Rangihau Road.
Please respect this voluntary closure: if we refrain from visiting the Rangihau Road until things are sorted, we might be able to retain a good relationship with the local community and keep access in the future. If we ruin a relationship, then the access might remain closed permanently.
Please inform your friends and canyoning buddies and watch this space for updates:
Dan Clearwater NZCA President & Brad Schimanski NZCA Local area rep
33m max pitch
6hrs round trip
Tricky to do these streams separately, they combine to an awesome day out. The Bulls Run gets better the further down you go, until you meet the Rangihau Gorge. With it’s three gargantuan 25m wide waterfalls and deep jump pools, the gorge itself is amazing. There is even a rock arch to dive through in one of the pools!
The Rangihau has a very large catchment and a committing section: not a place to be in high flows or when rain is forecast.
First Descent/James Judd, James Mclean, Sach Knight, David Meikle, Pete Smith 2/4/21
Bulls Run Canyon v3a2II* photos
Lower Rangihau Gorge v3a3II** photos
The first few images are ‘the Terraces’ which you enjoy by ascending the Rangihau after arriving from Bulls Run. The rest of the images are the Lower Rangihau, below where Bulls Run enters.