Top of the South

The Top of the South is a cross roads of Geology. The Alpine Fault cuts straight through the region, giving multiple rock types.

Golden Bay’s Granite has mostly open streams, but with carved pools and solid rock.

The Mt Owen Massif is a meca for Cavers, but also has some wonderful limestone slot canyons.

The Buller Gorge has potential for Granite Canyons, and the Mt Richmond Forest Park has some wonderful Greywacke Gorges.

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View Top of the South Canyons in a Table

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AreaCanyonGradeStarsTimeMax drop
RichmondDoom Creekv2a3II203hrs05m
KahurangiGranity Creekv3a3III208hrs20m
KaikouraSawcut Gorgev1a1II103hrs00m
RichmondWhakamarina Gorgev1a4I202hrs00m
RichmondDeep Creekv1a1I100hr (15min)00m
Nelson LakesWhiskey Creekv5a2IV109hrs53m

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