Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River packrafting

We had a great group of five for a Sunday morning beginners packraft paddle. The river had a great flow at 17 cubic metres, but the water was pretty cold! After a fairly smooth car shuttle ride, we had a briefing at the confluence of the Akatarawa and Upper Hutt Rivers and then jumped in. 

L-R: Claire, Katherine, Megan, Mark and James

The ~4km stretch of river down to just before the Totara Park bridge is a perfect beginners run – with a variety of rapids interspersed with more relaxed sections. We had a great time practicing our eddy hopping, ferry gliding and surfing. We also practiced some self-rescues, and some planned and unplanned swimmer rescue situations! 

2 thoughts on “Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River packrafting”

  1. Looks like a lot of fun! Awesome to see packrafting on the schedule, thanks for making it happen


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