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The Canyons in our database are catagorised so that you can easily see what quality of trip you can expect in a known, documented canyon. Catagories can also provide those who are searching for new Canyons with projects to try, streams to avoid, or un-mapped canyons to document. 3 Star Canyons The highest quality canyons, with an…

Griffin Creek v3a5IV***

*****CANYON HAS CHANGED  read this whole post, (including comments) before visiting Griffin, as the guidebook description appears to be mis-leading for some people. ***** Griffin is one of the classic canyons of NZ, definitely top 5 according to the author of the Canyoning in NZ guidebook. Big, watery, beautiful, long, technical.. Jumps galore into pumping whitewater….

Major Mayhem Canyon v5a3IV***

Highest drop 95m (60+35 pitches) Public access 5-14hrs (Depending if you start at the middle or the top) Big, exposed waterfalls in the upper section, with a relentless narrow slot canyon below. Lots of delicate logjams! Download the topo for Major Mayhem v5a3IV

Vass-oconstrictor v4a3IV***

Highest drop 155m Heli-access to a very steep canyon, with about 20 pitches. Multipitch descent of the main drop with the longest pitch about 75m. This canyon was named in honour of Dave Vass, local canyoning pioneer, who suffered a paralysing neck injury in a climbing accident in Jan 2015. Vasoconstrictor (with one ‘s’) is a…

Big Wainihinhi via Wainotinoti v4a4IV***

Highest drop 75m Public access 8-10hrs This trip has it all. A staunch multi-sport approach. Back-to-back high waterfalls in Wainotinoti. And finally, the jewel in the crown – jumps and whitewater problem solving in the slotted Big Wainihinihi. A big day out, but well worth it. Ask not why, ask Wainotinoti (‘the water that squeezes…

Wilson Creek v4a4IV***

Highest drop 17m   (minimum of two 40m ropes reccomended) 4-8 hrs Public access Very deep schist slot canyon with many beautiful turquoise pools and significant flow. A serious undertaking in anything but very low water conditions. This canyon is fully described in the Canyoning in NZ guidebook.

Black Miller Canyon v3a2II*

Highest drop 20m Public access 1h45m Black Miller Stream is a short fun canyoning trip which is not difficult in normal flows & so is an excellent trip for experienced canyoners to introduce beginners to the sport or to break up a road trip through Kaikoura with a short diversion. First descent: 15 November 2019…

Raven Canyon v5a2IV**

Highest drop 110m (in two pitches; take 3x 60m ropes) Public access 8.5hrs An adventure canyon; multiple rappels, handlines and downclimbs often back to back. Relatively open, steep stream. Video by Hamish Castle. Download the topo for Raven Canyon. Thank you to Jonathan Carr for the information. First descent by Justin Hall, Hamish Castle, Antony Alford, Gabriela…

Wesley Creek

Placeholder post.. First Descent March 2019. Ashley Stewart, Tom Johns, John Harris, Tom Guy. See more information on Facebook;