After an easy 2hr walk in, via a mostly flat track, we were at the main southern tributary, where we suited up. Wandering down to the main river, we were soon greeted by the first gorge.
The first gorge was alternately deep greep pools bounded by bedrock, then boulder garden rapids with small gravel beaches. The flow was only 5 cumecs for our trip, which made many of the rapids a bit ‘bony’ but we had good fun anyway, despited bruised behinds..
We didn’t take any Tyre Tubes and didn’t have problems. However, next time I’ll try to catch the flow a bit higher (10-15 cumecs) and take a tube… The rapids would be quite exciting then I reckon…
After a couple of hours, the gorge walls receeded and the trip became a simple float/walk down a normal river. Still, it was a great day out and well reccomended!
Check out the CanyonTopo sheet for the Ruamahanga Lower Gorge on the KiwiCanyons.org website!!