Author(s): Graham Egarr
Canoeists, kayakers and rafters will welcome this first guidebook on South Island rivers which provides accounts of more than 165 rivers. It provides a route guide and description of the difficulties to be encountered when floating down South Island rivers by canoe, kayak or raft. Most rivers big enough to float a kayak are covered. Those who raft on commercially run trips will also find the book of value to help choose a river and a trip which suits them. Other river users will also find it of value, as it provides a general description of South Island rivers. This is not a book for beginners to use by themselves. It is intended for rafters and kayakers who already know how to paddle and control their craft in wastewater rapids. Information on access, put-in and take-out points, grades, special features and the major hazards are given for each river. More detailed descriptions are included for the principal whitewater stretches of popular rivers, such as the Karamea, Buller, Waiau, Hurunui, Rangitata and Kawarau. The comprehensive text is supplemented by maps and colour photographs, making this book indispensable for paddlers who wish to safely experience any South Island river.