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There’s more information available on page 288 of the Canyoning in NZ guidebook
Highest drop 40m
Holts Creek is a big day in a remote alpine canyon. It is bolted but come with natural anchor rigging materials. The upper canyon starts with pool drop waterfalls. The only escape is a scree mid-canyon before giving way to enclosed steep walls. On the way down make sure to look back up the canyon at the spectacular series of waterfalls.
Recommended for experienced canyoners and strong teams.
First descent: Grant Prattley, James Abbott, Nola Collie March 2017. Photos by Nola and James, Topo by Grant.
Download the CanyonTopo for Holts Creek
Highest drop 95m (60+35 pitches)
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
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…
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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.