The Changing River and Access for Boats
Jet-boating enthusiasts find a way onto the river. We can see that
the 2013 World
event held on southern rivers including
Waitaki River channels actively migrate from bank to bank. The
boat launching site on the south side east of the main road bridge
became unusable around 2010 due to the river coursing northwards.
A new boat ramp was established by the society in January 2016 on
the north bank of the river as a replacement. The site
chosen is nestled within what was the newly constructed rock
groyne protection river works 2012 (for the NZTA- Transit) to
protect the state highway assets from river erosion.
All construction was carried out by local contractor Rooney
The society has undertaken to keep this launching facility
adequately maintained for its useful life. Fluctuating river
flows and migration remain apparent as users will observe at the
boat ramp environment as of summer 2019. The
site now seems to be rather popular for swimming also.
Fishing and other access
Years ago the Lower Waitaki River Management Society prepared a
brochure giving brief details of river access for anglers. This
brochure is published no longer.
Anglers wishing to gather details of access to the Waitaki River
should make contact to the local Fish & Game Society. Access
has become more complicated in recent years due to (a) Health
& Safety obligations placed on owners of land which is crossed
to gain access, (b) freedom camping (c) rubbish dumping on
isolated sites to avoid landfill fees (d) regrowth of scrub
LWRMS does not plan to re-publish the brochure at present.