Diamond Creek v4a2III*

32m
6-8hrs
Public access

25 Pitches. The pick of the bunch in Waiorongomai Valley. Low Flow (much more fun after a bit of rain!) Big, continuous waterfalls with the odd gold mining relic.

Premier Creek v2a2III

25m
6hrs

Long, slippery waterfall tramping trip at the head of the Waiorogomai Valley. Only 4 pitches with lots of river walking in between.

Tawhiuau v4a2IV**

80m
10-12hrs
Public access

700m of descent makes this one of the biggest trips in the North Island. A solid 3hr approach up a steep but well marked track and a “mini canyon ” (2 pitches) entry to the main river. Big waterfalls, Hanging re belays and wide expansive views.

2nd Branch – Tairua River v1a1III

A long bush bash up the second branch of the Tairua river to chase the scratchy information from local rockclimbers of “an impassable gorge with big waterfalls” led to a rather small “gorge” with low flows and only one waterfall. Not worth a repeat visit. However the local rock climbing is meant to be of high quality (including established climbers camp)

Sleeping Dog v4a2I

60m
Public access

Alternative entry to Sleeping God canyon. Has loose rock at the top and is not recommended.

Bonny Creek v4a2II*

53m
7.5hrs
Public access

Steep, low volume stream with about 10 rappels, a few jumps and a very scenic finish into the Burke Gorge. Unfortunately a bit slippery, which detracts a little from the descent.

California Dreaming v4a2II**

40m
3hrs
Private land: access permission required.

A very pretty, low flow granite canyon with some stunning big rappels. A great beginners/intermediate half day out. Can be combined with neighbouring Fred’s canyon.

Surly Creek v4a3III**

30m
Adventure canyon
Public access

Pretty good trip but quite a bit of down climbing and boulder hopping.

Carew Creek v4a3I*

40m
2-3hrs
Public access

Short, steep granite canyon with interlinked waterfalls and plunge pools. Semi-open, medium volume.

Cupola Creek v4a5IV***

Amazing post-glacial aquatic slot canyon.

7hrs flat walking up the Travers valley to the start of the canyon mean this probably won’t get as much traffic as it deserves…

Sawyer Stream v4a3II**

42m
3hrs
Public access

Short, steep and sustained set of waterfalls through a solid sculpted greywacke.