Mangahao release this weekend (20 March) February 11th, 2020 2004-03-17T23:32:00+13:00 NZRCA Access Officer Graeme McIntyre reminds paddlers of the opportunity to paddle the Mangahao this weekend (Saturday 20 March). Graeme notes, I have been speaking to the people at the Dam who tell me that the roads are open and the river has a good amount of natural water flow in it, so hopefully it will be a good run, and also warns, like all the other rivers around this area the Mangahao was in very high flood during the floods that we are recovering from in this area. Most of the rivers in the area have changed a lot! Rapids and runs are very different and there is a possibility of logs and heaps of other junk in the river. So keep an eye out and don’t take it for granted that the Mangahao is any where near the same as the last release.