The Clutha River provides excellent Grade 2-3 conditions for recreational kayakers, and for kayak training. School groups and clubs from all over the region, from Queenstown to Dunedin, use many sections of the river.
The Upper Clutha is cherished among kayakers, who relish some of the best medium grade high volume whitewater for kayaking in New Zealand. Kayakers paddle the upper reaches independently or on guided trips, almost daily through the summer months. School groups of 30-40 students regulary train with instructors.
Triathletes regularly train on the Clutha River in preparation for multisport events, held on the Clutha and other rivers.