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Clarence Rafting Tips
Aug 26th, 2018 at 9:14pm
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I'm thinking of rafting the Clarence when I'm in the South Island for Christmas. We are ideally planning to do a week long mission. Our raft is an Incept WS33 - basically the smallest decent raft they make. It's good for 2-3 guys doing expedition type trips, ideally in grade 1-2, maybe 3.

Have any of you Forum folks done the trip? I'm keen to understand:
*the best place to put in
*the best place to pull out, where we can park a car nearby
*how we find out what is DOC land on the way down, versus private?
*what's the fishing like, if any?
*critters -  how target rich is the environment?
*how 'big' is the water?

If anyone has done this trip, I would love to talk and get some tips.

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Re: Clarence Rafting Tips
Reply #1 - Aug 27th, 2018 at 10:22am
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Try Josh James. He had a video of rafting down that river
  
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Re: Clarence Rafting Tips
Reply #2 - Aug 27th, 2018 at 10:43am
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*Clarence/Acheron confluence
*Clarence river mouth
*google Doc maps
*patchy fishing, often runs dirty and has been dirty
mid to lower reaches since Nov 16
*all the doc land on the true left had aerial 1080 October 17, and all the doc land on true right had aerial 1080 a couple of months back.
* water can be very big depending on rainfall/melt but not a problem in normal conditions.
  
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Re: Clarence Rafting Tips
Reply #3 - Aug 27th, 2018 at 2:47pm
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H&R

Side note - does your raft navigate the summer waters of the Ngaruroro? Or too big?

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Re: Clarence Rafting Tips
Reply #4 - Aug 28th, 2018 at 4:32pm
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I here its changed quite a bit since the earth quake, contact the rafting companies that use it, not sure who they are
  
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Re: Clarence Rafting Tips
Reply #5 - Aug 30th, 2018 at 8:13am
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I rafted it with about 2 weeks before the earthquake. Have got good camping spots GPSd if you want them? There are also a couple of DOC hut you can camp at as well. 

PM me if you have any specific questions? It's not particularly big water, pre earthquake was just a couple of decent rapids - they may have changed though....
  
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Re: Clarence Rafting Tips
Reply #6 - Aug 31st, 2018 at 10:15pm
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Hi Lovett. Yes have done Summer trips on it and the Mohaka. Small enough to fit though some pretty smalll gaps in rock gardens and drag over gravel fans.
  
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Re: Clarence Rafting Tips
Reply #7 - Sep 2nd, 2018 at 9:19am
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Some good packrafting videos on line.  Charles  - whitewater in New Zealand is a good reference.  Dulkara Martig in Nelson has done the trip and has some videos on YouTube. Best video is Mark Oates.

Use WAMS for land ownership.  Iím keen to do this but havenít got around to planning yet.  Take a good repair kit and know how to use it. PM me an email address and I ll see if I can find something. 

https://rivers.org.nz/nz/canterbury/clarence/acheron-to-glen-alton-bridge
  
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