FIRST DESCENT OF THE POERUA RIVER – NEW ZEALAND

Shannon Mast breaking down the crux boulder garden (photo Jordy Searle)

“Driving south from Hokitika you drive across numerous rivers, all of which have world class whitewater near their source; The Hokitika/Whitcombe, Totara, Kakapotahi, Waitaha, Wanganui, Whataroa/Perth and more. There has always been one bridge, between the Wanganui and Whataroa, which many kayakers have looked up and wondered… what is up there? Why has that not been done?

So Ari and I (Jordy) came up with a few plans before we meeting up for summer in New Zealand, and the Poerua was one of them. We planned to hike in and scout the bottom gorges and then find an access on an adjacent ridge, as the drainage is in the Adam’s Wilderness area. Ari ended up going on a solo scouting mission, but after 4 hours of hard work and some encouraging but vague views he decided to call in a chopper. Barny drove down to meet Ari for the scouting flight, and what the boys found… well let’s just say it was game ON!”

For more photos and the complete story go to: Kokatat.com

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