New rapid on Rangitikei, Toe Toe Road to Mangaweka


Alan Bell reports a new rapid on class II section of the Rangitikei (Toe Toe Road to Mangaweka): “About 1km below the Virgin Rapid there is a large slip and a huge pine tree and several big rocks are lying in the river on river- right. These have formed a ‘lake’ and the outflow has formed two good-sized holes. You can portage on river-left easily. With reasonable flows you can paddle hard left quite safely. Experienced paddlers will negotiate the first hole on river left then ferry-glide to river-right to avoid the munchy very-wide second hole. However, once on river-right you are set up to play on the second hole as it is quite friendly on the right-hand side. So, this section of river has even more to offer – not only good for new paddlers but the trip leaders or experienced paddlers can head down for a play on the big hole. The outflow from the playhole is pretty friendly. Head down and take your lunch!”