The RiverBug season runs over summer, usually November to March. If you have trip ideas or want more information contact the RiverBug Officer Officer.

The 2017/2018 season is now closed, the rivers are cold and we’ve headed to the comfort of the heated pool to keep our skills sharp playing BugPolo.

Keep an eye on our Facebook group for next summer’s trips, the dates are posted around October.


Here’s what we did over summer…



November 11th-12thUpper Waiou Wilderness Weekend/ Advanced west coast trip3-4GraemeAdvanced
November 26thLower Boyle2-3Beginner
December 2ndAshley / Upper Boyle3+DaleAdvanced
December 9th – 10thWest Coast Intermediate Weekend3+GraemeIntermediate
December 17thHurunui2-3Beginner / Intermediate


February 24th-25thHurunui Weekend2-3SimonBeginners / Intermediate
March 10th – 11thMurchison weekend3+NixieIntermediate
March 24th – 25thWest Coast Wilderness Weekend3+DaleIntermediate


Grading system

Beginner – For complete beginners who have never been in a bug and anyone wanting an easy trip to master the basics. Typically grade 2 and 2+.
Intermediate – For those who have been on beginner trips and are confident in the Bug. Check with the trip leader to see if this is you. Grade 2 to 3+.
Advanced – For those who have mastered rolling and like a challenge. You know who you are. Grade 3+.