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CANYON OF THE WEEK: Waterfall Creek, Abel Tasman, NZ


(Video by: Bare Kiwi http://barekiwi.com)

This week’s canyon comes from the far side of the world and one of the most amazing canyoning destinations on Earth: New Zealand!

Abel Tasman Canyons leads us through the beautiful and fun Waterfall Creek!

Location: Abel Tasman National Park, South Island, New Zealand

Rating: V4.A3.III**

Type of rock: granite

Best time of the year to visit: October – April

A person rappels down a waterfall during a canyoning tour in Abel Tasman National Park
Rappeling in Waterfall Creek, NZ
Photo by: Adri Paris (@adri_paris_photographer)


Waterfall Creek is a steep granite canyon in the remote heart of the Abel Tasman National Park. This canyon features a lot of technical downclimbing over gorgeous golden granite slabs. There is a number of great slides, but the highlight of the trip is the 17m monster slide near the end of the canyon! Surely something to remember from an awesome day of canyoning in one of New Zealand‘s most beautiful national parks!

Someone is sliding a waterfall during a canyoning tour in Abel Tasman National Park
Monster slides in Waterfall Creek.
Photo by: Adri Paris (@adri_paris_photographer)
A person looks up to a waterfall while another person rappels down during a canyoning tour in Abel Tasman National Park
Beautiful rappels in Waterfall Creek
Photo by: Adri Paris (@adri_paris_photographer)

This is a reasonably long day out, requiring good fitness, navigation ability and excellent downclimbing skills.

Photo looking down on a person rappelling during a canyoning tour in Abel Tasman National Park
A good level of fitness is required to descend Waterfall Creek.
Photo by: Adri Paris (@adri_paris_photographer)

Quick fact: the canyon was first descended by Toine Houtenbos (owner/operator of Abel Tasman Canyons) together with Daniel Clearwater and Julien Stephens on 25 Feb 2012.

 More information:

Canyon descent : +/- 3 – 5 hrs

Access : 2h10min through untouched native forest on untracked terrain, Return 45 minutes.

Access: For organized canyoning tours in Waterfall Creek, contact Abel Tasman Canyons, an ICOpro Affliliated Canyoneers Training Center.

Tours depart daily and include: transport,loads of lunch, snacks and drinks and photos and videos.

About Abel Tasman Canyons:

Abel Tasman Canyons operates guided canyoning trips at the very top of the South Island of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Our trips are unique in the sense that they are located close to the coast and immersed in unspoiled native forest. We access some of our canyons by water taxi stopping along the way to admire seals and dolphins in their natural habitat.

The New Zealand Canyoning School runs canyoning training courses in various locations in New Zealand. We are excited that we are now part of the ICOpro family as an affiliated Canyoneers Training Center. Being part of an reputable international organisation makes us proud and we’re looking forward to strengthen the network by doing more of what we love: canyoning.




Book :   info@abeltasmancanyons.co.nz

Phone : +64 3 528 9800

Freephone : 0800 86 34 72 (NZ only)

Social media:

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/AbelTasmanCanyons/


Trip advisor : https://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/Attraction_Review-g737062-d3474296-Reviews-Abel_Tasman_Canyons-Motueka_Nelson_Tasman_Region_South_Island.html

Instagram : http://instagram.com/abel_tasman_canyons



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