Ruapae Falls v4a2V*

37m 2x50m
12hrs
Public access

Waterfall tramping, lots of short drops, boulder scrambling with a final gorge section and drop over Ruapae Falls.

Usually done in two days, with an overnight at Herepai Hut

Friction Factory Canyon v4a2III*

Highest drop 43m Public access 5hr30min Low volume canyon with beautiful and large rappels close to Wellington. As with others in the valley this canyon finishes with a walk down the West Akatarawa River where there are a number of jumps and swims. Due to its low volume this canyon is best done early in…

Fat Controller Canyon v3a2III*

Highest drop 20m Public access 5hr30min Low volume canyon with beautiful rappels close to Wellington. This canyon flows into Wonderwall canyon and finishes with a walk down the West Akatarawa River where there are a number of jumps and swims. First descent: Fergus Bramley, Al Bramley 25/02/17 Download the topo for this canyon, which is…

Wonderwall Canyon v3a2III*

Highest drop 20m Public access 5hr30min Low to medium volume canyon with a good variety of features close to Wellington. The canyon finishes with a scramble down the West Akatarawa River. First descent: Fergus Bramley, Al Bramley, Thomas Kay 20/01/18 Download the topo for this canyon, which is included in the West Akatarawa Canyons pack.

Little Akatarawa River v3a2II*

Highest drop 20m Public access 3hrs Low volume easy access canyon close to central Wellington. Beautiful enclosed sections and fun small jumps. First descent by Fergus Bramley 7 Nov 17. Download the topos for this plus the other West Akatarawa Canyons

Ohau Gorge (~v1a3)

Appears to be a short float trip in the Tararua’s..   Appears to be little in the way of rapids or technical sections, so probably just a3. More info on a DOC website; http://blog.doc.govt.nz/tag/ohau-gorge/

Stonewall Canyon v4a3II*

This canyon is fully described in the Canyoning in NZ guidebook. GUIDEBOOK UPDATE Access:   Climbing the TL shoulder has some exposed climbing but once on top of the spur there is a roughly cut track traversing below the high ridge to a scree slope slip. Descend down here to the river bed. TOPO changes…

Ruamahanga Lower Gorge v1a4III*

No absiels, Float trip (tyre tubes requried) 5hrs Public Access Medium volume float trip through a beautiful gorge. Download beta sheet for Lower Ruamahanga Gorge    

Limestone Creek v1a1I*

Canyon Hiking. No ropes, wetsuits or specialist gear Public access 1hr Non-technical Limestone slot canyon hike. A short and beautiful introduction to canyon environments, for anyone with basic fitness and some agility. Download CanyonTopo for Limestone Creek, Ruahines

Atiwhakatu Gorge v1a3II*

No ropework Public access 2-3hrs A short, non-technical gorge trip. An excellent introduction to Gorge travel. Download Canyontopo for Atiwhakatu Gorge, Tararua FP  

Belmont Trig Stream

Perhaps suitable as a introductory ‘waterfall tramping trip’ A couple of marked falls in a very small stream. Public access, perhaps a little gorse/scrub to negotiate… Download research sheet for Belmont Trig Stream

Phillips Stream v3a2IV*

Highest drop 25m 10hrs Public Access Information courtesy of Hayden Richards: More of a rough off track walk than a true canyoning trip, Phillips stream requires a lot of access for not much canyoning. However, it would be worthwhile for trampers seeking a canyon without too much technical challenge or commitment. Download CanyonTopo for  Phillips…