Kaituna Lower Gorges

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Kaituna Lower Gorges

Post by Patrick Clissold » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:01 am

Any of you who have been over here in NZ might have paddled this. I finally got into the Kaituna lower gorges last weekend and it has some of the most incredible tight gorges combined with great white water:


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Re: Kaituna Lower Gorges

Post by Mark R » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:02 pm

Splendid. I paddled Awesome Gorge a few times, but not the following section. Back then this was known as 'Gnarly Gorge' and we were told by those who'd been in there that it contained a blind 30-footer and some awful log jams. "Never again", I think one Kiwi said. Is any of that true?
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Re: Kaituna Lower Gorges

Post by Patrick Clissold » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:08 pm

Mark, Gnarly gorge is just as you described and is inbetween Awesome and Smokey. Most portage it (as we did that day) and yes it does contain a blind 30 footer and some awful lumps of wood as well as rapids that ramp up another grade to the above video. I'll pass on that!

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