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Tongariro River Recreational Release (Access 13 & 14)

February 27, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Genesis Energy will provide a recreational release of the Tongariro River section below Rangipo dam & Intake. There are two sections suitable for paddling and are known as Access 14 (A14) & Access 13 (A13). A14 is from Rangipo dam to upstream side of Tree Trunk Gorge. A13 is from downstream side of Tree Trunk Gorge to upstream of Waikato falls.

Flows of 30 cubic metres per second for 8 hours will be released from Rangipo Dam between 8am and 4pm.

For the Rangipo Dam release, Grade 4+ rapids require a very high level of competence. You MUST be aware of the location of the exit points before Tree Trunk Gorge and Waikato falls to safely utilize this release.

Location – Rangipo Dam (A14 Get-in), Rangipo Intake Road off Desert Rd (Map)

Stop the spread of freshwater pests!

All equipment that has come from any other fresh waterway (regardless of island) must be decontaminated using approved methods (see CheckCleanDry) before entering the river.

Please do not rely on the ‘dry’ method alone as the inside of kayaks take a very long time to dry out!

Cleaning solution is available at the entry and exit points during recreational releases.


February 27, 2022
8:00 am - 4:00 pm