Heathcote Road Bridge To Prince Edward Park (includes the Needles)
From the bridge to the "Needles', takes about 2 1/2 hours and halfway and a further 1 hour to Prince Edward Park (10km total). It is recommended for small groups with whitewater experience. The river flows over a stony, tree studded bed, with steep ridges on either side. There are at least six rapids of grade 2-3 standard. The first rapid, just after the bridge, has many trees and is generally shot close to the right-hand bank. Two stretches of the river about half-way down are choked with trees. The second choke can be shot on the left side of the river after inspection. The final rapid, the "Needles", immediately below the pull-out point, is a rock garden in low water, and a good play rapid at higher levels. From here to Prince Edward Park is flat, tidal water. When only three large rocks are exposed in the centre of the river 200m upstream of Heathcote Road Bridge this section is canoeable. Once all rocks and trees in the river are covered, this section is very dangerous and should be avoided.