25 Dec 2013

Warning for Ngaruroro River boaties

8:55 am on 25 December 2013

The Hawke's Bay Regional Council is warning boaties to steer clear of a dangerous stretch of the Ngaruroro River.

The council's river engineer, Vince Byrne, said recent floods have brought large trees down and reduced the part of the river 1.4km upstream from the Whanawhana vehicle access to a tangled mess of big trees.

He said the 300 metre section of river is very narrow, deep and swift and extremely dangerous for anyone trying to navigate it in a canoe, kayak or small boat.

The council recommends people stay away from that stretch of the river until further notice and says it will review the site in the New Year.