Kaiate Falls Canyon v4a3I*

Highest drop 16m  (2x20m ropes)

Public access

1-2hrs

This is a short sharp canyon that would be great on a hot summers day as there are some deep pools. The area could get quite busy in summer due to the scenic nature of the falls and the adjacent walking tracks so discretion is advised. It may be better done on a weekday or in an evening. There is a great pool at the bottom that is an excellent place to practice jumps

Topo by Shanan Fraser. Download the topo for Kaiate Falls

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Wairere Falls v4a2I**

Highest drop 50m (three pitches on a 153m waterfall!)

Public access

3hrs30mins

Wairere falls is the highest waterfall in the north island officially measuring in at 153m. The descent is spectacular and exposed with great views out over native bush and the nearby Waikato countryside. Due to the exposed nature of the falls, strong wind can make life difficult.

Topo by Shanan Fraser.

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Tunakohoia Canyon v4a2II**

Highest drop 32m

Public access

6.5hrs

Tunakohoia is a little gem of a canyon nestled in the hills behind Te Aroha Township. Generally low flow, this is an ideal winter trip as you are not required to spend long periods in the water. The canyon is a lot of fun after some rain when the flow increases although care should be taken. R5 can be quite pushy and has the potential to invert the unprepared or inexperienced while on rappel. There are a number of technical down
climbs most of which are now protected with bolt anchors that can be used for a hand line or belay if required.

First descent unknown. Possibly Waitomo cavers. Rebolting funded by NZ Canyoning Association and carried out by Karl Burt, Leesa Fraser, Shanan Fraser, Pete Smith & Brendan Wallace in 2018

Download the CanyonTopo for Tunakohoia Canyon

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Cupola Creek v4a5IV***

More info yet to come…

First descent by Richard Bramley, Lee den Haan , Adrian Paris and James W Scoltock  January 2018.

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Friction Factory Canyon v4a2III*

Highest drop 43m

Public access

5hr30min

Low volume canyon with beautiful and large rappels close to Wellington. As with others in the valley this canyon finishes with a walk down the West Akatarawa River where there are a number of jumps and swims.

Due to its low volume this canyon is best done early in the season or in the days following rainfall.

First descent: Fergus Bramley, Thomas Kay 11/03/18

Download the topo for this canyon, which is included in the West Akatarawa Canyons pack.

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