The Mohaka River

With its headwaters in the Kaimanawa and Kaweka ranges in the western reaches of Hawke's Bay, and spilling into the Pacific Ocean in the east near the town of Mohaka, the 172km-long Mohaka River traverses the width of Hawke's Bay. And with a long history as a key transport route for Māori in pre-European settlement, the Mohaka River could even be considered Hawke's Bay's original road trip.

Mohaka Rafting lay claim to ‘the best rafting in New Zealand’, and as proud owners of a 5.0 Trip Advisor rating, it’s hard to argue. The Mohaka River offers something for everyone, with Grade 2, 3 and 4/5 trips available throughout the warmer months (along with multi-day expeditions to REALLY immerse yourself in the wilderness).

So pack some togs, lunch and water, and prepare for spectacular scenery, lots of laughs, a little bit of hard work now and then, and the satisfaction of a day spent with family or friends. 
Video by Ezra Curd

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