Wilson Creek v4a4IV***

Highest drop 17m   (minimum of two 40m ropes reccomended)

4-8 hrs

Public access

Very deep schist slot canyon with many beautiful turquoise pools and significant flow. Difficult to gauge the water level: in normal or above normal flows this is a serious undertaking, requiring excellent whitewater canyoning skills. 

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



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  1. PATRICK says:

    We were most likely the first group through this season. All anchors in good condition. Water levels have been quite low, not much flooding going on from last season so rock surfaces are getting slippery (Wilson is usually known for excellent grip).

    R9 is still sinking further with the false floor making the anchor hard to reach, now probably a real tough one to reach if everyone in the group is short.

    Most pools were fine, no change from last season. No new log jams ect either.

    • Date: 18-12-21
    • Water level: very low
    • Anchor conditions: All in good condition
    • Group size: 4
    • Time: approach/descent/return (eg: 1hr/4hrs/3mins): 5.5 car to car
  2. Patrick says:

    13-11-20. Wilson Creek anchors are all good, water level quite low today and the temps were warm in the canyon.

    Some small changes to pool depths, especially the one after the first abseil. R9 TL anchors, which have been quite a reach for height challenged canyoners for a few years, is getting more so sorry to say. A fair amount has collapsed under it, you can see and hear the rocks falling as you walk along the log. Best prepare for that section collapsing or becoming inaccessible in the near future. I would recommend it as a ‘walking on eggshells’ approach.

    • Date: 13-11-20
    • Water level: lower than normal
    • Anchor conditions: All in good condition
    • Group size: 3
    • Time: approach/descent/return (eg: 1hr/4hrs/3mins): 4 hr car to car
  3. Chucky says:

    08 Feb 15

    Slightly below normal flows. Only a few Hydraulics in action today..

    Fast party of 4 with good prior knowledge of the canyon;

    1h20 access
    2h30 descent

    • Dan Clearwater says:


      Quite low flow for this canyon. All anchors in good condition.

      Party of 5 with good previous knowledge of the canyon.
      1h15 access
      2h45m descent

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