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Navigation hazards

Image - kayaking down a waterfallThe Waikato region has a wealth of streams and rivers that are well suited for recreational uses such as kayaking and canoeing. However, it is important to realise that amongst the natural beauty there are a number of waterfalls and rapids that may be hazardous - especially if you don't know what's around the next bend in the river.

This page lists the map coordinates and locations of areas throughout the region that have been identified as possible areas with hazards. Before you set out it is always a good idea to seek local advice, especially if you're exploring a new area. We recommend contacting the local kayaking or canoeing association, or local kayak or canoe retailers - their advice about the area could prove invaluable.

If you know of other hazardous areas that aren't listed here, please let us know by emailing irene.maton@waikatoregion.govt.nz  with the details.

Matamata-Piako district

Location NZMG easting NZMG northing Name of falls or hazard (where known)
Waitakaruru Stream, Morrinsville 2733108 6389842  

 

 Otorohanga district

Location NZMG easting NZMG northing Name of falls or hazard (where known)
Kaimango Stream 2685903.5 6339361.1  
Kuritunu Stream 2682002.8 6332111.9  
Mangakomua Stream 2735733.6 6331299.7  
Mangarata Stream 2734291.9 6328680.6  
Mangare Stream 2740642.9 6331242.9  
Owhiro Stream 2674614.9 6337090.8  
Puniu River 2732051.6 6317635.9  
Puniu River 2732053.8 6317746  
Te Toi Stream 2677571.7 6335472.8  
Tributary of Awaroa River 2679861.2 6329942.3  
Tributary of Awaroa River 2680933.7 6330447.4  
Tributary of Awaroa River 2681849 6334750.3  
Tributary of Lake Waipapa 2744432.8 6319574.6  
Tributary of Owawenga Stream 2717427.4 6312907.5  
Tributary of Waipari Stream 2733585.5 6329900.1  
Waiharakeke Stream 2672707.4 6332616  
Waiharakeke Stream 2672824.4 6332968.6  
Waipapa River 2738901.7 6308194.1  
Waipari Stream 2734491 6318280  
Waipari Stream 2734860.7 6320060.9  
Wharangi Stream 2736531.5 6306654.1  

 

South Waikato

Location NZMG easting NZMG northing Name of falls or hazard (where known)
Waihou River 2756286.06 6357165.56  Okoroire Falls

 

Taupo district

Location NZMG easting NZMG northing Name of falls or hazard (where known)
Kotukutuku Stream 2750908 6277488.4  
Mangahouhounui Stream 2741774 6227189.3  
Mangatawai Stream 2743030.3 6225191.9  
Mangatawai Stream 2742626.2 6225557.1  
Mangatawai Stream 2743181.2 6225119.8  
Oturere Stream 2742415.2 6224030.9  
Piaranui Stream 2750941.3 6274276.6 Otupoto Falls
Poutu Stream 2750415.2 6232501.2 Poutu Falls
Tauranga Taupo River 2771725.4 6238858.1  
Tongariro River 2752351 6222205.8 Tree Trunk Gorge
Tongariro River 2754139.1 6226440.1 Waikato Falls
Tongariro River 2753974 6241807 Island Pool - stump hazard
Tributary of Hinemaiaia Stream 2783050.3 6240574.4  
Tributary of Hinemaiaia Stream 2783065.6 6241064.7  
Tributary of Magatete Stream 2810906.8 6299098.9  
Tributary of Kakapo Stream 2773092.3 6231187.1  
Tributary of Wairakei Stream 2779180.6 6283673  
Unknown coastal stream 2750869.6 6275354.9  
Unknown coastal stream 2751011 6275691.6  
Waihaha River 2746321.2 6272969.8 Tieke Falls
Waihi Stream 2747886.9 6247517.3 Waihi Falls
Waihora Stream 2752754.2 6278329.4  
Waikato River 2778929 6279114 Huka Falls
Waikato River 2783601 6282611 Aratiatia Rapids
Waikato River 2787480 6283796 Fulljames Rapids
Waikato River 2778257 6276036 Cherry Island -tree hazard left hand side
Waikino Stream 2747567.7 6269294.1 Waikino Falls
Waiotaka River 2767033.3 6227440.6  
Wairere Stream 2771066.4 6254406.1  
Whanganui Stream 2746660.5 6265431.8 Whanganui Falls
Whanganui Stream 2736609 6264905 Maniatangaroa Falls

 

Thames-Coromandel district

Location NZMG easting NZMG northing Name of falls or hazard (where known)
Atuatumoe Stream 2748593.9 6456048.2  
Atuatumoe Stream 2748666.4 6456052.6  
Atuatumoe Stream 2748690.9 6456023.3  
Awahau Stream 2757654.7 6463616.7  
Black Swan Stream 2737261.1 6463163.9  
Black Swan Stream 2737472.7 6463061.6  
Boom Stream 2760248.3 6450232.2  
Doctors Creek 2727111.4 6516731.2  
Kaituna Stream 2757004.1 6445434.3  
Kotorepupuai Stream 2747385.9 6442566.6  
Matatoki Stream 2744634.7 6442672.9  
Matatoki Stream 2747639.5 6440544  
Matawai Stream 2737708.6 6486013.6  
Motutere Stream 2738720 6482603.2 Motutere Falls
Ngarua Stream 2750739.2 6448265.3  
Ngarua Stream 2749937.2 6449120.5  
Opango Stream 2748405 6453039.8  
Oteao Stream 2750821.9 6466240.2  
Purangi River 2755424.5 6477481.1  
Rangihau Stream 2748652.6 6462627.6  
Rangihau Stream 2749148.8 6463889.5  
Slip Stream 2751061.5 6464325.4  
Starvation Creek 2748263.9 6460277.4  
Starvation Creek 2748734.9 6461973.4  
Taiari Stream 2754839.2 6416389.8 Owharoa Falls
Taiari Stream 2754874.4 6416528.6 Owharoa Falls
Tairua River (fifth branch) 2751843.5 6443363.6  
Tairua River (fourth branch) 2748429.9 6446938.3  
Tairua River (fourth branch) 2748804.4 6447370.1  
Tapu River 2737883.2 6463857.8  
Te Tipi Stream 2747945 6461484.4  
Tributary of Kohuamuri Stream 2753566.2 6478195.2  
Tributary of Tairua River 2753290.2 6452524.9  
Tributary of Taiwawe Stream 2760085.7 6474889.4  
Waiau River 2737612.2 6482207.6 Waiau Falls
Waikanae Stream 2735034.7 6505587  
Wairore Stream 2734223.7 6500842.8  
Waiwawa River 2746999.4 6459237.9  
Waterfall Stream 2756668.1 6410482.3  
Waterfall Stream 2756473.1 6410913.5  
Wentworth River 2758653.7 6434323.3  

 

Waikato district

Location NZMG easting NZMG northing Name of falls or hazard (where known)
Mangataru Stream 2678148.5 6404066.4 Te Herehere Falls
Maraetai Stream 2664741.9 6419390.8  
Moewaka Stream 2672039.7 6422477  
Moewaka Stream 2672571.9 6423019.9  
Moewaka Stream 2672563.6 6423636  
Pakau Stream 2668128.8 6427419.2  
Pakihi Stream 2682758.6 6365053.4  
Pakoka River 2676955.9 6364325.7 Bridal Veil Falls
Tributary of Huriwai River 2666351.7 6419321.8  
Waikaretu Stream 2672240.4 6405664.8  

 

 Waipa district

Location NZMG easting NZMG northing Name of falls or hazard (where known)
Arapuni Dam 2741839.3 6345144.4  
Pokaiwhenua Stream 2748780.4 6346255.1  

 

Waitomo district

Location NZMG easting NZMG northing Name of falls or hazard (where known)
Mapara Stream 2702353 6298600.2  
Mapiu Stream 2698291.6 6295288.6 Omaru Falls
Marokopa River 2672203.8 6325230.2 Marokopa Falls
Mokau River 2685211.8 6295004.2 Wairere Falls
Mokau River 2697610 6307845.1 Tauanui Rapids
Paritikona Stream 2706584.8 6301023.2 Hikurangi Falls
Pomarangai Stream 2669626.1 6313671.6  
Puaroa Stream 2668988.2 6324353.3  
Puaroa Stream 2668878.2 6324332.1  
Rarotaiko Stream 2667752.4 6320740.8  
Tributary of Maokauiti Stream 2701452.1 6289268.2  
Tributary of Maokauiti Stream 2701368.3 6289593.1  
Tributary of Mapara Stream 2701049.1 6298146.8 Madonna Falls
Waitanguru Stream 2673431.8 6310469.5 Waitanguru Falls

 

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