River Run - Warning: Non Fishing Post!

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Sun May 21, 2017 5:39 pm

After spending the last 6 weeks off the water, decided to get out and grab what was available.
Ended up doing a run down the Kaeo River to the harbour with a few local yakkers.

Great entertainment, although if considering this, leave the glass at home - definitely plastic country.

Started at the Waiare Gorge about 6km (road) south east of Kaeo and wound our way down the valley with a generally docile flow averaging about 6km/Hr I suppose.
Group was mixed experience and made up of two sit ons, and three sea yaks (some amusing moments when the 5+m sea yaks were longer than the river was wide...)

And, they're off! With the Phoenix Hornet taking an early lead :lol:
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Not the most fearsome of rivers....
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But it had its moments (This Taniwha accounted for the only swim :lol: )
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A recent flood-originated willow 'strainer' forced an unplanned portage up a 5m bank and around 30m along the edge of a paddock - all adding to the experience, and making everyone feel intrepid and adventurous, although easily absorbing 30 minutes of planned paddle time.
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But soon back into the groove as the 30-35kt winds howled overhead, showering us with Poplar leaves in the shelter of the riverbanks
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We canned the trip before hitting the harbour section as it was clear that the wind was well in excess of forecast, and at enough of an angle to be impossible for the less capable paddlers to continue out of the river. So two made camp on the bank and waited for the remaining three to head for the cars. One bailed after almost getting rolled by a couple of 35kt broadside squalls and headed back. #2 also decided the water was too much for them after another km and headed downwind into shore. Leaving me to continue on with the Hornet.

Can't lie, I had a GREAT time with this bit! Big cresting wind waves, 4 foot clapotis, gale force winds - I absolutely loved it every moment of it :rock: It becomes almost meditative with 100% concentration and technique. I fully expected the CG boat to nip out from the marina so ensured I was demonstrating full control to any concerned onlookers (There's a couple of yakkers rescued from this harbour every year due to the nasty wind/wave conditions that can occur).
Arrived at the cars in good time and had just started getting ready to head back and pick up the other drivers when the A team turned up having hitch-hiked :lol: My TXT advising safe arrival hadn't been received, so a few brows were wiped in relief.

All headed back to the river crew to load up the remaining yaks and off home for a hot/cold beverage and some scoff.

A Most Excellent trip
12km for the river crew, 18 for me
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If you're up this way anytime and would like to do this trip (Either river section only, or the full Monty) let me know. Better suited to the wetter months as in mid-summer you'll be walking most of the way... Again, definitely not recommended for glass.
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Sun May 21, 2017 6:20 pm

Sounds like a load of fun!
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Sun May 21, 2017 7:17 pm

I've done something similar down the hoteo river just out of wellsford but I took my shotgun with me

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Sun May 28, 2017 4:21 pm

A good read - Cheers
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