Top Ten New Zealand Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

Hike and Tube the Mohaka River

Want to float your way through remote kiwi wilderness? Head for the Kaweka State Forest, northwest of Napier, and the Mangatutu Thermal Springs Reserve. It is the starting point for a four-hour walk up the Mohaka River through beautiful native bush (the Kiwi term for dense, indigenous woodland).

Your destination is the Mangatainoka Hot Pool, a natural thermal pool. Test your tube when you get there, then pitch your tent for a night at a nearby campsite. In the morning put on your hard hat, grab your tube, and prepare for a wet and wild day. It takes up to six hours to tube the Mohaka, with rapids reaching grade II level. A couple of local companies offer guided trips, but if you're experienced, go it alone.


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