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Deep Canyon: Robinson Creek Canyon

Robinson Creek has a good variety of challenges, with some spectacular scenery. Up to 8 abseils (rappels) to 25m (75’) high, including the amazingly scenic ‘cavern rappel’. There are some optional jumps from 2-5 meters (6-15’). The canyon involves some challenging scrambling through the water flow, several short swims, plus one challenging swim out across a turbulent pool. The canyon walls start out relatively shallow, then get deeper as the trip goes on. The rock is deep grey schist, with amazing veins of quartz. The scenic highlight is the ‘cavern rappel’ where you abseil 25m into a huge gouge in the earth. At the bottom you almost can’t see the sky; almost everyone is left speechless at the beauty. The pools are spectacularly deep blue. You’re usually in the canyon for 4-5 hours, and you’ll need a good level of fitness, agility and be a confident swimmer.  You don't have to have abseiled before, but it helps!

This is a fantastic trip, but it is not suitable for everyone. We want to ensure you (and other customers on your trip) have a great time in a canyon thats suitable for your skill, fitness and experience.  If you have any doubts that everyone in your group has what it takes to do the trip safely, then get in touch with us and we can discuss the trip and your abilities more with you. There are usually other canyon trips we can offer if we agree together that this trip is not the right one for you.


1 day

    • Transport from Wanaka or Makarora to the canyon (Log Cabin unless prior request made)
    • Footwear (please let us know if they are particularly tall or small)
    • Wetsuit
    • Safety Equipment
    • Lunch
  • If water levels are high, 2 guides my be required at an extra $100 per person with consultation.

  • Day 1 : Robinson Creek
    Robinson Creek is a scenic 1 hour 15 minute drive from Wanaka towards the west coast. The drive takes in views of Lake Wanaka, Makarora and ends near Haast Pass in Mt Aspiring National Park. The trip begins with a moderately steep walk through incredibly green New Zealand rainforest, with amazing Beech trees and sphagnum moss, which normally takes about 15-25 minutes. The pools are spectacularly deep blue and you’re usually in the canyon for 4-5 hours.
    Meals :Lunch

  • Depart Wanaka 9a.m. from Log Cabin Lakefront, 100 Ardmore Street, Wanaka.

    Or pick up from accommodation.

    Or meet us in Makaroa on the way the Haast pass, 10.00 a.m.

    Min age 14 yrs.

    Min 4 pax.


  • Half day trips are avaialble on request as Cross Creek or Imp Grotto can be done on the same day.

    In Nov and Dec water levels can be high and an extra $100 per person provides an extra guide.

    Photos and videos are available, talk to your guide $15 per person, bring a USB stick so we can down load all the photos of your trip.

    We do provide snacks & lunch, but feel free to bring along any extras you would like and let us know any specific food allergies/dietary requirements you might have. 



Age Req.


Fitness Req.


Group Size


Organised by Deep Canyon Ltd

Activity ID: W-13985

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