Highest drop 7m
Low volume horizontal slot canyon with a few down climbs and swims. Good for beginners. Lots of options in the valley for combining with other trips.
This canyon is fully described in the Canyoning in NZ guidebook.
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Cool canyon, really scenic!
All the jumps were fine
We did this one with the float (tubes left at bridge) it was an awesome adventure. we entered Doom Creek where the trail crosses (which is about 20min descent above the first jump. Andrew is right TR is safer to DC than the TL ledge, I ended up climbing up to the ledge to jump after checking the pool was 2m deep, and the rocks directly below the 6m jump were exposed.
There are new logjams in this area (as I also experienced with Devils Creek) that were a little weak in some places, so cautiously scrambling over them we ended up taking longer to descend than sugessted and didn’t have time to check Fosters creek out.
The Waka tube float was sick we did every rapid (ample opportunity to get out and check each one) we took a throw bag. The shute had a smalll recirc and in higher flows could see how the TL would be dangerous as it pushes you straight into it before recirculating into the rapid.
watch out for the huge eels the sit in the more calm super deep water 🙂
float took us 2 hours had to kick some of the way down and walk some of the shallower bits. Greatful for tubes as adding this to Doom creek would have been a long day in water.
Cheers for the info and there is didymo in this one unfortunately, so take your usual wash/tubes/sprays with you as it is not in Devils if you plan to camp for a couple of days to send them all in this area.
Descended on 5th of Feb 2018. (which was 3 days after a heavy rain event.)
Had to skip the first jump as we were not confident to avoid the flow in the pool to TR into undercut.
The ledge does not look safe to me to use to scout- the step down is slippery with no holds. At the time of descent it was Easier to climb down a dryer chute on far TR to scout it.
Rest was fine. The pool with the sling in the tree above it (at the start of the slot) was gravel bottomed and just deep enough to jump into.
For us the highlight was airbedding the wakamarina from banks confluence to the campground at the flow we had we could float most of it(with fun rapids) and just had to skip larger drops/big hydraulics (say about 4 between banks and doom) which were visible with enough warning to stop and get out etc. Between Doom and Campground was only two of those: the chute and one above it. Spectacular jumps above doom creek confluence too. Better airbedding than the pelorus we thought too.
12/22/17 Fun, easy first canyoneering trip here in NZ. Lots of swimming on this route and enjoyed the sticky nature of the rock. Good anchors.
3/3/13 Trip report.
Very low water levels, R1 and R2 still jumpable with good technique. otherwise very mellow and enjoyable trip. Wakamarina more of a walk than a float.