Wairoa Event Schedule – info you need to know

Saturday: Wairoa Time-trial


Registration and bib pickup: 9am – 10am @ Lake McLaren, 100m further up road from  McLaren Falls.

Briefing: 10am @ Lake Mclaren

Time Trial Start: 11am

Time-trial course – From Mclaren falls Put-in down to the mid way put-in just below rollercoaster. Finish touch Banner on river left.


Safety will be placed at strategic points along the Time-trial course, but most importantly, no-one paddles past someone in need. Help them out.

After the Timetrial, Safety will then set up on the rollercoaster rapid from 12pm til 1:30pm, so you can get some laps in, try lines, and someone has your back. After 1:30pm the Safety team will leave and go do some laps of their own.

Saturday Night: Party

Mel Parsons @ Okere Falls Store 7:30pm – 9:30pm


Sunday: Wairoa Head 2 Head/Boater X

Registration and bib pickup: (if you were unable to race on Saturday) 10:00am – 10:30am @ Lake Mclaren, 100m further up road from Mclaren falls.

Briefing @ Roller coaster rapid: 11:45am (you need to have had all your practice runs done well before then)

Boater X Start: 12pm

Prize Giving: 4:30pm Bottom Wairoa take-out paddock.

To take home the Wairoa Title you need to win the Head 2 Head competition, but this year, National Series points are on offer for the Time trial as well – it is treated as a separate event. Your results Time-trial will as usual, seed you into the head 2 head competition on the Sunday.

The Wairoa X race weekend plays its part as the first 2 races in the 4 race national series. Your best 3 results count towards your national ranking. Click the link below to see how the points are allocated.



Most kayakers are already aware of Didymo and the procedures and precautions to take to prevent its spread as well as other aquatic pests. Be sure to ‘clean check and dry’ BEFORE coming to the Wairoa Extreme. Especially anyone coming up from the South Island rivers it is imperative that all gear is decontaminated before entering any North Island waterways.

We may have some small scale decontamination facilities for your gear at the event if you are desperate.

Any questions or queries about this please contact me at brendanbayly@gmail.com or for more info visit http://mpi.govt.nz/funding-and-programmes/other-programmes/campaigns/check-clean-dry/

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