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‘Earthquake’ kayak run

‘Earthquake’ kayak run

A kayaker runs white water, while two others sit in an eddy awaiting their turn on the lower Mātakitaki River near Murchison. This section of rapids is known as ‘Earthquake’ – it is the part of the river that has cut through the landslide debris that came down in the 1929 Murchison earthquake. The rapids are graded as class III during normal river flows and rise to the more difficult class IV at higher water levels.

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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson places - Upper Buller River valley', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 April 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 22 Apr 2015