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

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/

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    

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…

Waipehi Canyon v3a2VI*

Highest Drop 26m  via gully or 70-100m via main canyon 21hrs round trip (Done in two long days, with an overnight at Cattle Ridge Hut) Public Access A huge first pitch that can be avoided if desired. Waterfall tramping, lots of short drops, with some nice gorge sections. Boulder scrambling adventure canyon Download CanyonTopo for Waipehi…

Number One Canyon v3a3IV*

Highest drop 26m Time 8hr30min Public Access Challenging navigation to a low volume canyon with a bit of everything, swims, jumps, slides, raps. This canyon is fully described in the Canyoning in NZ guidebook.

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…

Tauherenikau Lower Gorge v1a4III*

Intermediate Tubing/Floating (no ropes) 5-7hrs round trip Public Access Hike in from Marchant Rd to Smith Creek Shelter, then down to the Bucks Rd end Assess the flows at the Tauherenikau Flow Gauge I haven’t been down it yet, so refer to a full route description in; “Tararua Adventure Guide” by Jonathon Kennett

Waiohine Middle Gorge v1a4VI**

No ropes, Difficult tubing/floating 2 (long) days or 3 (more reasonable) days round trip. Mt Holdsworth Rd end, up over Mt Holdsworth to Mid Waiohine Hut, down the gorge to Totara Flats then back to Mt Holdsworth Rd end. Assess the flows at the Waiohine Gorge flow gauge I haven’t been down it yet, so refer…

Otaki Middle Gorge v1a4VI*

No ropework, Difficult Tubing/float trip, 2 day round trip Public access Assess the flows using the Otaki river monitoring site. KiwiCanyons CanyonTopo coming soon, but in the mean time,  refer to a full route description in; “Tararua Adventure Guide” by Jonathon Kennett