Carew Creek v4a3I*

Highest drop 40m

A minimum of 2x50m ropes are required


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

This canyon is fully described in the Canyoning in NZ guidebook

Guidebook clarification

The final pitch is correctly described as 40m, plus a 2m slide into the final pool.

It is approximately 45m from the anchors to the final pool, which is why the book recommends 2x50m ropes.

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  1. nola collie says:

    New anchors installed in places. Upgrades to any webbing. Great jump pools. Canyon looked in excellent condition. 7 years since we were last here, and great to be back.

    • Date -17/04/2023
    • Water level -normal
    • Anchor conditions -we did some repairs
    • Group size -4
    • Time: approach/descent/return (eg: 1hr/4hrs/3mins) -tbc
  2. Olivia Tsouprake says:

    What an epic wee trip!

    Replaced a sling between bolts on one anchor. All others in good condition.

    Last rap might be more like 43m (we were about 5m short with an 80m)

    • Date -12/31/2022
    • Water level -normal
    • Anchor conditions -we did some repairs
    • Group size -4
    • Time: approach/descent/return (eg: 1hr/4hrs/3mins) -40min/2hr/15min
  3. Andrew says:

    Went through 12 March 2017. All bolts in place.
    Special place!

  4. Tom says:

    Awesome canyon! Someone’s put new anchors on all 4 drops (all 1 bolt with ring, 1 bolt backup), which makes it an easy trip 🙂

  5. jen says:

    decided to take a peek while the neighborhood last week. the tourist track was impassable due to windfall. it was cold and we weren’t very enthusiastic about pushing through.

    i hope the “nearest big tree” survived. might want to bring your bolting kit…

  6. Chucky says:

    According to Philip Beech, from a descent in early Jan 2013;

    “Carews water falls and slides are spectacular r1 missing a nut last rap missing nut and hanger. The nearest big tree required 120 m of rope.”

    1. Joe T says:

      Great fun canyon. Definitely worth it if you have some time to head in. Couldn’t find the first bolt for the handline but just used a tree instead. R2 and R3 bolts were both quite high. My partner might struggle to reach them herself at 5’7. All in great condition though. Slings backing up the bolt were functional but could do with some love. 80m rope doesn’t quite make the last rappel…

      • Date -13/11/22
      • Water level -normal
      • Anchor conditions -All in good condition
      • Group size -2
      • Time: approach/descent/return (eg: 1hr/4hrs/3mins) -1HR/2HR/10MINS approach took a bit longer than expected as both in party seem incompetent with TL and TR meanings...

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