Rafting the Mohikinui


After being hassled for ages by my brother who owns and runs Ultimate Descents in Murchison. I decided it was time to embrace the rapids and show him I'm not a chicken so I signed up for the Mohikinui Heli trip.

Enjoying the absolutely stunning scenery on one of the longest helicopter flights the West Coast has to offer we arrive at the rafting start point. Tumbling from the mountains and the Thousand Acre plateau, the Mokihinui River carves though impressive bedrock canyons and sub-tropical rain forest as it rushes to the Tasman Sea.

Only recently discovered as a rafting river, a pioneering expedition on the north branch of this river in the spring of 1998 produced a classic trip. From the put- in the Mokihinui North Branch the river is steep and ‘creeky‘, with long technical rapids containing chutes, slides and drop off’s up to 3 metres, along with plenty of ‘boof’ moves and holes to keep the kayakers busy. The action is non-stop. Rapids lead into rapids, with the longest pool all day only 400 metres!

Reaching a sandy beach near the end of the gorge we unpack our expedition gear and set up camp on a mossy terrace above the rivers edge. Soon the campfire is roaring and we settle in for an evening of fine wine, food and relaxation before drifting off to sleep to the sound of the river.

Check out Tims website for more info on other rafting adventures www.rivers.co.nz

Rafting boat Rafting Sue