Altitude: 456m to 555m. Gain: 227m. Loss: 146m . Gradient: 4 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
Above the Te Totora confluence, the Parahaki is far smaller and more easily traveled. A brief gorge follows the confluence, but soon you reach broad flats with good travel on grassy banks or shingle riverbed. The good going continues for about 2km to the northern end of Upokoatahi clearing, where good camping spots exist.
After crossing the sidle (wet-weather) route, the river route enters a narrower valley and travel is confined mainly to the riverbed on rounded river stones. Crossings were knee deep in moderate flows, and none were challenging.
After about 3km the wet-weather route rejoins from the west and we get a track to walk on. A further 300m walk upriver brigs you to the end of the bush and the start of a 4WD track. A signposted track shortly before this point leads to Whites Clearing Lodge, which is private.