It is always exciting exploring new water. It was not my first time to the ruakituri, but exploring the upper reaches was new to me. The weather was terrible but we made the 9hr drive and decided to explore. Well 6hrs of bush bashing, and up and downs, we put new meaning to the word mission. We now know where not to go, and also fortunately where TO go. It is a wild river, and whilst largely unfishable when we were there, it holds a reasonable numbers of fish. I will be back, largely for the scenery, and remote nature of the stream, but hopefully with more favourable weather.