Falls River v4a5III**

Highest drop 22m

Public access, but courtesy call to Abel Tasman Canyons guiding company requested. Ph 0800 86 34 72

The guides will have the latest info on waterflows, anchor conditions and any new hazards. A call helps avoid traffic jams, and helps to keep everyone happy whilst sharing this wonderful place.


Water taxi access to a moderate to high flow canyon. A short sharp vertical section followed by a more open, fun and mellow section.

Commercial trips are run on demand by Abel Tasman Canyons. If you’re unsure about your skills, there’s no better way to learn, than to go with a guide.

The CanyonTopo for this trip is available directly from Abel Tasman Canyons on request

This canyon is fully described in the Canyoning in NZ guidebook.

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  1. Katerina says:

    01/2020 we found it dangerous to get from TR to TL to start of handline above R1. The rock at handline looks steep and is covered in moss and bolts for handline set-up are infrequent. So we bailed.

    The access path from contour at 390m is hard to find. No red ribbons on trees that would indicate the start. When you get to a rocky knob (spur) 10m off the main track, keep left and stick to the ridge that leads you down to the river.

    • Andrew W says:

      Descended 13th Feb 2018.
      Hand line at the start was a bit tricky and when looking at the pool pushing left we chickened out – and bashed up through the bush and down to the bottom of R1 and continued from there. It looked a fun abseil a shame we skipped it but a reminder to learn releasable abseils. We are still learning slowly.
      Anchors all in place. The rapel diversion bolt was still in place.

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