Category Archives: 3 Star Canyons

Barrack Creek v4a3III

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Holts Creek v4a4IV**

Highest drop 40m 11-12hrs Public Access 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Waterfall Creek

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 … Continue reading

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The Lion King v4a3IV*

Highest drop 40m Public access 6.5-8.5hrs 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, … Continue reading

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