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The Oparara at an awesome flow, and the Ngakawau. The Oparara is one of NZ's best rivers!! Photos by Kerry and me.
 01 Tom on the Oparara, near Karamea
 
 02 A few tree-choked rapids in the limestone section
 
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 09 Awesome limestone gorges, manky rapids though
 
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 11 Oparara portaging
 
 12 Awesome rapids once the limestone ends near Fenian creek
 
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 15 Best rapid on the river, choice of awesome clean lines
 
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 NZ manky rapids on the Ngakawau
 
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 Kerry on the walk-in
 
 This is quite a high flow
 
 Mangatini Falls--the beginners all asked why Kerry didn't run it
 
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 The bottom km is tidal, but you can walk up 15 mins and gauge the flow here--brown=quite high
 
 next day on the Oparara, amazing limestone arch
 
 Limestone rapids are very manky though, quite lot of walking in the first 6km
 
 Eventually the rapids turn to granite
 
 More limestone
 
 The lower has 3km of continuous 4-5, awesome paddling, big holes, clean lines--this is one of the best rapids
 

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