Dickson River

First descent by Justin Venables, Richard Bramley et al December 2018.

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Temple Col Canyon v4a2III*

Highest drop 50m

Public access

4h45min

Steep and inescapable after the first drop. Some very beautiful waterfalls, very sheer and steep rock walls and views to Mt Rolleston. Escapable by following the creek to the end..

Note: This canyon is labelled “Upper Twin Ck” on the Topo50 map, but is known as Temple Col Canyon. This is intended to remove any confusion with the Top section of nearby “Twin Ck” canyon (1km south of this canyon). 

First descent: Unknown. Explored and documented by Grant Prattley, Nola Collie and James Abbott 2017.

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Photos by Nola Collie, Grant Prattley, Dan Clearwater and Ira Lewis

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Lagoon Saddle Canyon v4a2III*

Highest drop 47m

Public access

6hrs

This canyon is a rewarding day out with some great abseils in a straightforward multi-pitch canyon. The canyon anchors are bolts with a few naturally rigged. The upper canyon starts with two abseils back to back. There are plenty of escapes all the way down. The highlight is the lower canyon with a spectacular 47m start.

First descent by Grant Prattley, Nola Collie and James Abbott 2018.

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Whataroa Falls Canyon v4a3I*

Highest drop 40m

Public access

5hrs

A short and sweet canyoning trip 40 minutes from Tauranga. Low commitment trip great for less experienced canyoneers with good off-track navigation skills.

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Barrack Creek v4a4III***

Highest drop 65m

Public access

9h30′

Barrack Creek is a steep, aquatic and vertical alpine descent. Polished rocks, deep green pools, the back to back nature of the waterfalls, and the fantastic end series of rappels makes this a classic three-star canyon. Make sure you have suitable experience and a strong team.

Download the latest topo for Barrack Creek by Grant Prattley.

First descent: Chris Harrington and Justin Venable – Mar 2015.
 
Photos by Nola Collie. 

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