Altitude: 94m to 117m. Gain: 13m. Loss: 36m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
Good/average going. Several crossings of Waikura - though these could be avoided by straying onto private land in an emergency. Knee to thigh in low flows. River shingle bed.
The route follows the broad river flats downstream. A 4WD track winds down the riverbed, cutting out onto grassy terraces on the southern bank after the first short gorge.