Ruakokoputuna    Martinborough's Magic Valley

Ruakokoputuna River

The crystal-clear waters of the Ruakokoputuna River flow through fossil-rich limestone ravines bordered by delicate ferns and mature native forest. Its deep pools play host to the rare native trout (Kokopu) and many eels (Tuna) take shelter beneath its mossy banks — which may be how the river got its name: Rua-kokopu-tuna.  However, a Kokoputuna is the local maori name for a very large eel so Ruakokoputuna may well mean “the place (Rua) of the giant eel.” The river is ideal for  swimming, angling, walking and fossil collection. Access to the river across private farmland must be obtained from the relevant landowner.