Black Miller Canyon v3a2II*

Highest drop 20m Public access 1h45m Black Miller Stream is a short fun canyoning trip which is not difficult in normal flows & so is an excellent trip for experienced canyoners to introduce beginners to the sport or to break up a road trip through Kaikoura with a short diversion. First descent: 15 November 2019…

Halpin Creek v4a2III*

Highest drop 75m Public access 8h30′ Halpin Creek is a steep alpine descent. Its scenic approach and descent has impressive views of the peaks and valleys of Arthur’s Pass. The finale is a long, exposed pitch with some sharp rock near the top requiring care — another adventure right off the highway. Download the latest…

Rough Creek v4a2III**

Highest drop 65m Public access 7h45′ Rough Creek is a steep, vertical alpine descent. Its quick access off the avalanche peak track makes this a classic Arthur’s Pass canyon. The canyon features a series of committing and long near back to back pitches with around 350m of descent in half a kilometre. Download the latest…

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….

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…

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, I’m really selling it! The canyon is open for the majority of it’s length and…

Wilberhorse Canyon v5a3IV***

Highest drop 110m  (yes, you need 2x 110m ropes!) Private access, permission required (see topo) 8.5-12.5hrs A big alpine canyon, 14 pitches, including a one of 110m. Sustained and exposed, a serious undertaking! Download the Wilberhorse CanyonTopo First descent by Tom Johns, Ashley Stewart, Danny Kingan, Sarah Hamilton, Rocky Smith, March 2018 Photos from Tom Johns

Pegleg Creek v4a3III*

Highest drop 47m Public access 8.5hrs Pegleg Creek is a big day in a semi-remote alpine canyon. It is mostly bolted but be prepared with natural anchor rigging materials. The upper canyon starts with open waterfalls with easy escapes before giving way more to enclosed steep walls. On the way down the valley there are…

Ryde Falls v3a2II**

Highest drop 25m Public access 4hrs A longish walk to a short canyon; but an ideal spot to practice multi-pitch canyoning before venturing into longer canyons. Dowload the Ryde Falls CanyonTopo drawn up by Grant Prattley.