Picking up Mr, Matty Coles - our Westport tour guide, and in between driving shifts - we planned our day. A Wangapeka in the morning, a Ngakawau in the afternoon, then back to Murchison that evening. Too easy!
The Wangapeka came to easy fruition. It is a short journey north of Westport, and then a short walk (30 minutes or so) along an old mining trail to the put-in. The Wangapeka is a bit of a local staple, keeping people honest and inspired between dry spells. The river needs rain. It's a sweet Class III-IV trip, runnable at a range of water levels and tucked into classic West Coast bush. There were five of us: Matt, Rata, Soph, Daan and myself.
All Photos//Daan Jimmink.
The walk-in follows an old mining trail.
At some point during the walk-in, the trail changes sides of the river!
Everyone needs a local. Enter Matt Coles. We miss you!
Girls on the mission... Soph and myself.
Classic West Coast rain-run colours.
Soph steezin' it up.
Colesy on a hot date with his Nomad.
Rata... What is that?
The Wanagapeka was a good little mission... Happy days! Jess.