Mathews Stream first full descent

Mathews Stream v6a2V**  29 rappels to 45m. 14hrs30mins round trip. Just over year ago, Pip and I had bailed part way down the first descent of Mathews Stream in the Ruahine ranges. It was a cold day in early October, with a light dusting of snow, overcast skies. We’d done 18 rappels up to 40m…

Woolshed Creek Canyon

As the weather forecast looked rubbish for the divide, we escaped east to Woolshed Creek for our Sunday’s canyoning. Though the sky was grey and rain showers gripped the mountains to the south, we climbed up and entered the Canyon. The water levels were alread pretty low and since I’d been before in very high…

Chamberlain Creek Trip Report

Metservice promised a near perfect Waitangi weekend. Mother nature delivered a grey cold drizzly one.. But regardless, an adventure was had in Chamberlain Creek by Pip, Chucky and Lara. I’d done Chamberlain in 2006 as my 2nd ever canyon and was looking forward to seeing what I thought of this trip now. Despite cold drizzle…

Doom Creek Trip Report

Toine, Bernat and I were joined by Bruce for todays trip, which was intended to be nice and mellow after a long day in Whiskey Falls on the first descent. Doom Creek is a fantastic little canyon, with several jumps, beautiful narrows and very simple access. After the big drops and lack of jumps in…

Upper Tutaekuri Gorge Trip Report

Brigid, Chris, Pip and Chucky had a fun day cruising through the Upper Tutaekuri Gorge. This is a non technical trip; the two small marked waterfalls are easily jumped or slid, so there’s no need for rope (except perhaps a throwbag). We encountered the stream in pretty low flows. A fair bit mor water would…

Whiskey Falls Trip Report

After walking all the way up to the top of Mt Robert and then turning back in moderate rain a few days ago, we were stoked when the weather turned good for us to have a second crack at this first descent. Toine and I were joined by Bernat, a Spanish Canyoner for the day….

Ruamahanga Lower Gorge Trip Report

Although it rained all the way from Palmy to Mt Bruce, the weather actually cooperated for a trip down the Ruamahanga Lower Gorge. I was looking forward to seeing what it had to offer, since I’d not yet done any of the ‘Classic’ Gorge trips in the Tararua’s yet. Strolling into the Tararua’s via access…

Mathews Stream Canyon Trip Report

First Canyon for the Season! Located in the North Eastern Ruahine Range, the south branch of Mathews Stream was our objective for the day. During the steep but straightforward 2 hr access, we could see fresh snow sprinkled on the tops of trees on the ridgelines. Access was very simple, but the snow flakes bumped…