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Highest drop 45m
8-16hrs (depending on how high you start)
One of the most committing, sustained and narrow canyons in NZ. 44 pitches, super solid dark schist, deep, narrow, sustained. Don’t forget the “Slot of Doom”, with a handline to access 3 pitches (one including a deviation) on a 45m drop. If it had jumps it might be a 5 star canyon…
Download the top for The General
Read the account of the early exploration of The General at Canyon Magazine.
The video below starts at the ‘intermedio’ access and features the “Slot of Doom”
Images below by Dan Clearwater and Toine Houtenbos.
The canyon was called Waterfall Creek, and terminated directly opposite Maruia hot springs. This was the appeal of the canyon, because if it was a good one you could do a winter mission and then jump into the hot pools at the end! Anyway, it was a three hour slog up the true left side of the creek before we dropped in at the bushline, and after all that there were only two 10m waterfalls in the whole thing! The rock there is a bit crumbly so I think that the water has broken it up rather than creating features.
By Bodhi Bettjeman, Dan Penny, Neill Molloy, Noemie Castaing and Amme Hiser.
Highest drop 40m
A classic case of a great wee canyon with a sub-optimal walk in. An all round adventure that begins with a river crossing then a boulder hop/bash, followed by dense young Beech saplings. Man, I’m really selling it! The canyon is open for the majority of it’s length and has scenic pitches and cool features throughout and if it was closer to the valley floor would be a favourite. As it is… worth the walk.
Topo by Tom Johns
Download the CanyonTopo for The Lion King
Highest drop 110m (yes, you need 2x 110m ropes!)
Private access, permission required (see topo)
A big alpine canyon, 14 pitches, including a one of 110m. Sustained and exposed, a serious undertaking!
Download the Wilberhorse CanyonTopo
First descent by Tom Johns, Ashley Stewart, Danny Kingan, Sarah Hamilton, Rocky Smith, March 2018
Photos from Tom Johns
Highest drop 40m
A short and sweet canyoning trip 40 minutes from Tauranga. Low commitment trip great for less experienced canyoneers with good off-track navigation skills.
Download the topo for Whataroa Falls Canyon