Rafting and kayaking
While the Hutt River gorge is a challenge for experienced kayakers, the river south of Birchville is much more forgiving and ideal for beginner and intermediate level paddlers. There is good river access at the Birchville and Totara Park bridges.
The rapids upstream of the Whakatikei River confluence are a popular challenge for kayakers, while Taita Rock north of Fraser Park is a good launching area for rafters.
The weir at Silverstream can be hazardous in high flows. Willows lining the river banks can also be hazardous to rafters.
Always wear a helmet and flotation vest and go with a companion.