Matakitaki River – Sunday 21 March

Matakitaki River – Sunday 21 March

Type: Peer Group Lead / Instruction
Minimum Ability/Grade: White Water 2+
  An all-day event – details to be confirmed
  Karen Bruce
Nelson Canoe Club's Summer series of white water paddling is here.

Hopefully, accompanied by sunny days and warm water, which the Nelson and Tasman regions are renowned for at this time of year.

This series of 5 trips (weather, flows, and participant interest permitting) is an excellent opportunity to bolster your paddling skills and experience. Whether you recently completed a beginner's course or are getting back into the white water kayaking after a little time away. These classic Murchison trips will have something for everyone.

This is trip #5

The last in this series. A return to the Matakitaki River for lots of playing to start. If flows allow this run will combine the Upper and Middle sections. Our second run will be on the Kawatiri. If summer low flows are still persisting, this will make the O'Sullivans to Ariki run through the upper Buller Gorge a fitting finale to the series. This run will be grade 2+ in technical difficulty, but the big-bouncy wave trains will push this towards grade 3. The upper Buller gorge is stunning with its granite rock bluffs. See the Maruia River meet the Buller River. O'Sullivan's rapid offers a great opportunity to make some moves on something with a little more energy. It's rapid and pool, so there is some incredible playing in tails of these rapids.
This is a superb run to enjoy the rewards of your summer paddling and acknowledge the progress you've made with your paddling skills. Bring your lunch and join us for the day as we close out the summer series of whitewater paddling! That's not to say it's the end of white water trips. Keep an eye on the Nelson Canoe Club website for other trips popping up.

There are limited places available for recent beginner course participants or rusty paddlers to get some instruction on these trips.
A trip may split into an instructional group to support the development of club members and a peer group paddle (subject to numbers, interests, and the ability of participants).
These river runs always have enough water to make for some enjoyable paddling. Whether it's finding a wave to practice surfing on, a cross-current move, or an eddy line for tail stands. These classic runs always deliver. However, if flows allow and other runs are an option the trip may make changes to these planned river-runs, subject to flows on the day.

You will need to complete a registration form for this trip. Please email Karen and she will send you a link for the registration form for trip #5.

Registrations close: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

You must make your own gear hire arrangements. Please arrange any gear hire from the club early, at least 2 weeks in advance, as this is the holiday season, and the gear officer may be on holiday at times!

Details of the trip logistics will be sent out 48hrs before the trip to those who have registered. (Last minute enquiries about joining the trip are welcome).


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