Group aims to preserve Mokai Gorge (Rangitikei River)


In response to perceived threats from tourism development, a group called Quiet Rangitikei Incorporated (QRI) has been formed to protect existing recreational opportunities in the beautiful Mokai Gorge, including fishing, drift rafting, kayaking and occasional jetboating. Tourism operators have plans to operate multiple jetboats on repeated daily trips through the Mokai Gorge, raising concerns over safety and noise levels. QRI describe this section of the Rangitikei as “a spectacular experience, providing a voyage of discovery and isolation through canyons 200-300 feet deep.” The group is seeking supporting members and is considering an application for a Heritage Order.