Rakaia Gorge Walkway in Spring 2014

For most of its 150km journey from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, the braided Rakaia River flows through a wide shingle bed.  But for a short distance it goes through a canyon, known as the Rakaia Gorge.  On its northern side is the Rakaia Gorge Walkway, a scenic 10km walk through bush and beside the river.  This springtime the nearby mountains add to the scene with a sprinkling of late snow.

River-carved and glacier-carved terraces can be seen beside the river

River-carved and glacier-carved terraces can be seen beside the river

 

Springtime daisies besdie the track

Springtime daisies beside the track

 

View from near the Upper Gorge Lookout

View from near the Upper Gorge Lookout

 

Returning via the loop track

Returning via the loop track

 

Silt in the glacier-fed river gives the water a bright shade of ming blue

Silt in the glacier-fed river gives the water a bright shade of ming blue

 

The walk starts and finishes at the Rakaia  Gorge Bridges.  The bridge on the left was built in 1882, and is heritage listed.

The walk starts and finishes at the Rakaia Gorge Bridges, where the river widens. The bridge on the left was built in 1882, and is heritage listed.

 

Rakaia Gorge Walkway map

Rakaia Gorge Walkway map

Here is a map of the Rakaia Gorge Walk that I have copied from the NZ Frenzy website. Click on map to enlarge.  There is further information about the walkway at the NZ Frenzy website.

 

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