Waikoau Stream

Public access, but permit required for exit route. Apparently a deep narrow canyon, unsure of drops, but moderate sized catchment.  Download infosheet for Waikoau Stream, Hawkes Bay

Esk River Canyon

Reportedly a number of 3-4m drops Private land access (permit required) More horizontal stream, with plenty of smallish drops. Used to be a commercial trip. Download research sheet for Esk River Canyon, Hawkes Bay

Mathews Stream first full descent

Mathews Stream v6a2V**  29 rappels to 45m. 14hrs30mins round trip. Just over year ago, Pip and I had bailed part way down the first descent of Mathews Stream in the Ruahine ranges. It was a cold day in early October, with a light dusting of snow, overcast skies. We’d done 18 rappels up to 40m…