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The Clutha River

The river is New Zealand's largest by volume and creates the perfect backdrop for an event of this kind with a mixture of high flows, long sections of rapids and stunning scenery. We knew the river would be good for an event of this nature but we didn't realise just how good. We had toyed with the idea of taking the event to a new river in the second edition but were urged by teams to continue on the Clutha due to its fantastic and unique characteristics.

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Wild Descent Concept

We meet you at the Start, we give you your kayak, you load your equipment on board and then set off. The journey is broken into 6 stages and you camp at designated sites next to the river. When you finally arrive at the Finish line we'll even take you all the way back to where you started. Easy. You've just got to paddle 261km. Sound hard? Well Mother Nature will be doing it's best to help and everyone made it last year.

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Why Wild Descent?

Part expedition, part adventure and part race. If you come here to race, you'll get an adventure and expedition thrown in for free. If you come for the adventure then you'll feel like you're on an expedition and will end up racing a team with similar speed.Some will use the event as training for the Coast to Coast or Godzone. Some will just want to enjoy an epic journey on a special river with a highly social flavour.

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What people say about Wild Descent

"A fantastic adventure concept from these guys" - Steve Gurney

"Can't wait, love the concept, a kayaking expedition to places we haven't seen before, new people and old friends to meet up with and experiences to share" - Wendy Riach

"Ah the mighty Matu-Au/Clutha....a river that should be savoured and respected with extended time on the water" - Rowdy Maxted

"Well done Guys - I loved every part of it" - Taz Dawson