Tongariro releases this weekend (2/3 April)


[1 April 2005] The inaugural Tongariro River Release weekend is on tomorrow with 35 cumecs below Poutu Intake on Saturday and 30 cumecs below Rangipo Dam on Sunday. The NZRCA is grateful to Genesis Energy for supplying the water and assisting with public notification and signage. There are new warning signs at the take-outs before hazardous Waikato Falls and Tree Trunk Gorge, and there will be arrows leading to the take-out above Waikato Falls, which isn’t easy to find. Dress warmly – the Tongariro River is also notoriously cold. The runs are famous for continuous class III and IV whitewater. Whitewater of moderate difficulty is scarce in the North Island and intermediate kayakers, in particular, will enjoy the releases. The releases planned for April 16,17 have been postponed due to a lack of water in the Tongariro River and Lake Moawhango. Update 12 April: Genesis and the NZRCA have agreed to new releases on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June.