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Awesome January trip to Hokitika, with 10 days boating on the Kakapotahi, Totara, Styx, Red Granite Creek, Taipo, Arahura, Crooked, 2-day Perth and Scone Creek. Last 7 days all at awesome high flows.

RGC flows into the Mikonui near the top of the Totara road--gauge the flow at the confluence (higher would be better), then from there there's a blazed trail up the river right bank, climb to the top, follow the ridge S for 500m, descend SW when the gradient eases a bit, into a small trib. Walk out when the gradient really picks up!

 Glen on the Totara
 
 Retro moves on the Kakapotahi
 
 Glen on Upper Kakapotahi
 
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 River crossing on walk-in to Styx, masive flow
 
 This is normally the path
 
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 Aussie Andrew on the Styx, normally the last grade 4 rapid
 
 Red Granite Creek, Bug on the first drop
 
 Bug runs the big portage-drop
 
 200m per km continuous waterfalls, 500m per km below the take-out
 
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 V sketchy seal-launch into a 10m slide into a 3m autoboof kicker
 
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 Bug on the Mikonui with the last drop in the background (walk that section)
 
 Bug and Barry (bank-support) back at the car
 
 Awesome shades on the Taipo
 
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 Taipo gorges
 
 Showcase, not today
 
 Glen below showcase
 
 Good high flow for Taipo, wouldn't want much less (was grey and pumping at take-out)
 
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 Chris on 3rd Gorge, Arahura
 
 Valentin on the remains of Curtain Call, but Dent falls is good to go again (small eddie to put in below sieve-hole)
 
 Freddy on Arahura
 
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 Good place to roll
 
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 Quick run up the Crooked
 
 Bent and Twisted
 
 Bug on Bent and Twisted
 
 Changes in the rapid below B&T
 
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 Upper Perth mank, some awesome rapids in there too though
 
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 Playful hole
 
 More sievey mank on the Perth, the rapids I didn't photo were awesome though
 
 Nice rapids on the normal Perth
 
 B-rain on Perth
 
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 Short run part-way up Scone Creek (still plenty of portaging)
 
 Bug in amongst Scone Creek boulders
 
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 Aurelienien on Knucklegrinder
 
 Glen
 
 B-rain
 
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 Freddy
 
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 Scone Creek--classic West Coast boulder gardens
 
 Yes it goes
 

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