Upper Clutha

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cbfb
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Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:45 pm

Not done any river kayaking before, only sea... and not much of that either.

Just wondered... am going down to Wanaka for a tiki tour in a few weeks. Is kayaking from the outlet to Albert Town bridge advisable for a beginner?

I used to fly fish this section a lot but never looked at it through the eyes of a kayaker because I moved up north before i got my boat.
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novex
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Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:33 pm

from what i have heard the clutha is not a good choice for beginners. however it varies massively in flow rate depending on how close to one of the dams you are.

i suspect you will find it to be pretty fast flowing near to albert town. probly better to look at paddling on one of the lakes, but wouldnt hurt to give it an eyeball and see how you feel.
Daniel
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cbfb
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Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:58 pm

Cheers, would only be going in the very upper section from the outlet to Albert town, just a short one but yeah the flow can be pretty high through there.

Will be paddling the lakes alright, can't wait!
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