Ngaruroro River

The Ngaruroro River finds its source high in the central North Island’s Kaweka Ranges.

The Ngaruroro offers great fishing, with predominantly rainbow trout but the occasional brown also.

The river is also a popular watersports venue, with two main sections for kayaking and rafting.

The upper section is accessible only by aircraft. This section makes its way through mixed Beech and Kanuka forest, flowing through a myriad of small Grade 2+ (easy) rapids before meeting the Napier – Taihape Road at Kuripapango.

The second section starts at Kuripapango and again flows through forest before entering farmed hill country and finally the plains of Hawke's Bay. This section starts with easier Grade 2 rapids with a section of Grade 3+ rapids just before the nights camp. This is fun white water and is best run as an overnight trip.

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