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Kowai River Splash, Canterbury

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Kowai River SplashIntermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Arjan Hulsman

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat


Intermediate - Experienced

Not Suitable (Slow)
1:45 (Moderate)
1:15 (Fast)



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There are no track markers, but navigating this route will be fairly easy. You only can go one way. Just follow the Kowai river. From your start point you follow the river down stream over the many river banks and through many river crossings. There are heaps of little old stream beds you can follow to avoid a few river crossings. On some places you can choose to bush bash a bit to avoid the stream. The track ends at the Waimakariri River where you will have spectacular views over the Waimak and the Southern Alps. Back track your steps in return to your car or pick a different line up, in and around the Kowai river. Have fun!

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  • Access

    On Highway 73 going west take a right turn just past Springfield onto Pocock Road. After about a km take left onto the Kowai Road. Follow the road into Kowai river valley. Take a right turn just past the bridge in the small river catchment.

    Park down at the river. With wet weather it might be good to park just past the bridge if you have a 2wd car.

    4 km

    4 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Perfect throughout.

    Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Plenty water around, not sure about the quality, the rocks look a bit greasy. BYO.

    Be careful after big rain. The river looks like it might flood once and while. In winter the water crossing can be pretty cold, so dress for cold water.

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    Sheffied pie shop
    Prize winning pies

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