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You’ll find one of New Zealand’s best stretches of accessible white water on the Wairoa River, above State Highway 29. Access to the river is open to everyone, free of charge. 

Please note, the river is grade five - exceedingly difficult with long and violent rapids. Safety on the water is your own responsibility, so suitable skills and preparation is vital. If in doubt, contact the Kaimai Canoe Club.

Wairoa River Recreational Water Releases
A controlled release of water into the Wairoa River will take place between 10am and 4pm on the following dates

 Month  Date
 October 2021  Sunday 3, 17, 31
 November 2021  Sunday 14, 28
 December 2021  Sunday 5, 12, 19, 26
 January 2022  Sunday 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
 February 2022  Sunday 6, 13, 20, 27
 March 2021  Sunday 13, 20, 27
 Saturday 5 and Sunday 6
 April 2022  Sunday 3, 17
 May 2022  Sunday 1

Water releases cause a significant and rapid rise in water levels downstream. It is not safe to swim or attempt to cross the river before or during a water release. Water may be released from McLaren Falls Dam at any time as part of normal functions of hydro-electric power generation. Please follow all safety notices, warning signs and sirens at all times.