The River Road

A river road tale

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For 12 days reporter Matt Rilkoff and photographer Cameron Burnell discovered an adventure in their own back yard when they used the Patea and Waitara rivers to get from one coast of Taranaki to another. On a path taking them through some of the province's most isolated country they found they were never far from home.

The heart of hospitality

MATT RILKOFF - Taranaki Daily News

It's over. Cameron Burnell and Matt Rilkoff completed their river journey yesterday, and were welcome by children at Waitara. Here's Matt's final report from the field

Going, going, they're gone

MATT RILKOFF - Taranaki Daily News

Were dignity vital to life, it is certain I would now be dead. And so would photographer Cameron Burnell.

Canoeists speed down river

Too quick for Hocken's eyes

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MATT RILKOFF - Taranaki Daily News

An oversized colour photo map of Bryan Hocken's Tarata sheep and beef farm is an unmissable feature in the smoko room of his shearing shed.

Reserve a haven for tasty fare

Another day on the River Road

Matt Rilkoff and Cameron Burnell

Despite a week of paddling through the heartland of Taranaki, it took us eight days to reach true kiwi country.

Dream ride restores one's faith

Food and drink find their way to weary travellers

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If you should ever start to lose faith in mankind, a six-day paddling trip up the Patea river will sort you out.

A helping hand for baby eels

MATT RILKOFF - Taranaki Daily News

A one-time fashion designer, full-time bushman, horse trainer and former manager of singer Bunny Walters seems an unlikely conservationist.

Helping hand saves the paddlers

Another day on the River Road

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Arrving at a dam is not something that rates in the normal scale of achievement.

Boys on river trip warned about didymo

JAY BOREHAM - Taranaki Daily News

Our boys on the Patea River trip have been warned to wash their canoe thoroughly before switching to the downstream run on the mighty Waitara.

Paddles down, time to portage

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LATEST: When paddling a Canadian canoe upriver it pays to know that plans will change.

Violent wind, friendly folk

Day one: Patea to Wainoa Rd Hut, about 17km.

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It all looked certain to end in disaster. A violent wind blew up as Cameron Burnell and I pulled into the Patea boat ramp yesterday morning to start our river trip.

A test run on the Waitara River

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Taranaki Daily News reporter Matt Rilkoff and photographer Cameron Burnell went for a training run in their canoe ahead of their journey up the River Road.

Intrepid pair have fingers crossed

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MATT RILKOFF - Taranaki Daily News

Well here we go. Hopefully. The plan was for photographer Cameron Burnell and I to be paddling up the Patea River by 7.30am today.

Two boys and their boat

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It's that time of year again. That time when it's too hot to stay in the office and we start looking for adventure.

Rivers and me - going with the flow

The Rilkoff Files

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MATT RILKOFF - Taranaki Daily News

OPINION: Two blokes, two rivers, one canoe: Paddling Patea to Waitara.
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