Ryde Falls v3a2II**

Highest drop is 25m

Public access


Less than an hour’s walk in and out on an easy track. It is an ideal spot to practice multi-pitch canyoning before venturing into longer canyons.

A 4-pitch canyon with 5 tiers. It is a super fun trip if you like sliding and jumping. Climb back up the rope and session the pools – R2 and the top tier of R4. The bottom of R3 has a cool little jump on the TR with a boulder up to the start. While all jumps and slides need checking before use on each trip, R4 (slide) is often filled with gravel or debris and may not be in good condition. Check carefully.

Download the Ryde Falls CanyonTopo drawn up by Grant Prattley.

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5 Trip reports Log your trip

  1. Matt Creahan says:

    Slightly higher than normal but still a very fun trip, R2 jump was mostly clear apart from a boulder in the TR half of the pool. Fallen tree right by the anchor made rigging R2 a bit interesting. Approach well marked with orange tags once you’re on the ridge. Great afternoon out!

    • Date -10/12/2023
    • Water level -high
    • Anchor conditions -All in good condition
    • Group size -3
    • Time: approach/descent/return (eg: 1hr/4hrs/3mins) -
  2. nola collie says:

    All anchors in great condition.
    There has been a new rock fall sometime since our last trip 3 weeks ago.
    The Ryde Slide at R4 is now out with a large boulder, new smaller rocks and new trees in the pool [the pool on last trip in March was neck height, no longer like this .]
    Watch the public scrambling up to that high point on the TL bottom of R4 as there’s a chance they can send more loose rock down into that pool.
    Great trip in warm conditions. Water starting to cool off.

    • Date -/20230425
    • Water level -normal
    • Anchor conditions -All in good condition
    • Group size -3
    • Time: approach/descent/return (eg: 1hr/4hrs/3mins) -1
  3. Patrick McKenzie says:

    Walked in late the night before and camped at the bottom. Great for a night out of CHCH in the bush with mates.
    Once at the bottom of the canyon, the effort to reward ratio is one of the highest I can think of in the area.
    We lapped the canyon a few times. Teaching rigging to a few of the crew that we wanting to learn.
    Walk up wasnt too bad, couple of downed trees but the ropes in place are still there and make life easier.
    The slide at R2 was running today which is always a highlight.

  4. Tom Brazier says:

    Approach from main falls track (not campsite) was great, very clearly taped once on the spur and wading through the ferns to canyon entry. Anchors all in great condition. Thanks for the tips!

  5. Ben says:

    Additional hazzard on walk up to start of the canyon from the campsite (on the true left). The approach has been damaged by tree / rock slide. The once easy track is now slippery and partially obstructed by a large fallen tree. The approach is still viable, but for less able persons / those less steady on their feet a belay might be required to protect the scramble.

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