The Tauhara North No. 2 Trust has erected a locked gate at the “Hay Barn” on the access road to Ngawaapurua (Fulljames) rapids, on the Waikato River. Access (including foot access) past this gate is not permitted.
The NZRCA understands that the landowners have closed access because of a number of instances where people are being disrespectful of their land. The landowners are concerned that people and large groups have been camping without permission, and with disregard for the land – e.g. unsatisfactory toilet facilities, and leaving rubbish and mess. The landowners are also worried about their liability for people’s safety. They also have concerns about other non-kayaking related issues including unauthorised hunting, house truckers and dumped cars.
The vast majority of kayakers respect the land and don’t make a mess or disrespect the area, but we ask that all kayakers respect the closure. Anyone who trespasses may jeopardise any future availability of access. The NZRCA will be exploring solutions for access and will be communicating with the security company which is managing the access on behalf of the landowners.