Chamberlain Creek v3a3VI**

A long day down the canyon of Chamberlain Creek, Tararua Range involving jumps, abseils, and swims.

Abseiling down a water fall in Chamberlain Creek, Tararua Range

The second abseil was a magical descent through a waterfall and moss garden in to a waist deep pool.

Wading through a pool at the bottom of a waterfall Chamberlain Creek

And then the fourth into a chasm-like chamber with a swim at the bottom.

Jumping into a pool in the Chamberlain Creek gorge
Jumping into a pool in Chamberlain Creek, Tararua Range
Climbing down behind a waterfall in Chamberlain Creek, Tararua Range
Abseiling into the final pool Chamberlain Creek - although some jumped.

Thanks to David for all the trip logistics, especially around the rope techniques and the guys for being great fun and for the patience shown to me.

PS The grading of canyons in NZ consists of three parts:

Difficulty, Commitment and Quality. Difficulty The letter ‘v’ (for vertical difficulty) followed by a number from 1 to 7. The letter ‘a’ (for aquatic or water difficulty) followed by a number from 1 to 7. The current difficulty numbers only reach 7, but more difficult canyons in the future could require higher numbers. Rock climbing grades used in the descriptions are from the free climbing Australasian Ewbank system and the Aid climbing Grade. See Wikipedia grade comparison. Commitment A roman numeral which indicates the commitment and duration of the canyon. I to VI or greater. Quality An optional star system indicates the quality/beauty/fun factor of a canyon. 0 stars through to 4 stars

So Chamberlain Creek is moderate Vertical and Aquatic Difficulty, but is high for Commitment and Duration – once started down the creek there is essentially no escape except to keep going to the Ruamahanga. Fun times.

For more photos go to ⇛ Other tramping photos

3 thoughts on “Chamberlain Creek v3a3VI**”

  1. Thanks Tony.

    Left the rope tied off & high, so I could go back and retrieve it more easily (and theoretically, without the next big flood swiping it!)

    I’ll likely be heading down there again (with my wife Vicky, & mate Shaun Barnett) in late-Jan, but I suspect the rope’s already history…


  2. Hi WTMCers,

    I spotted (in the final Chamberlain Creek March ’15 trip photo) my poor red climbing rope hanging forlorn, abandoned a few days prior, on my solo day-trip down there.

    By any chance, did anyone from this party happen to retrieve it..?

    Please let me know!

    Best regards,

    Joe Nawalaniec,

    • Hello Joe

      Well now we know who left the rope – but why did you leave it like that across the last drop?

      No we didn’t retrieve it sorry – we assumed it had been left there for some mysterious purpose that we couldn’t figure. Plus we were already a bit late and getting it down would have taken more time than we could sensibly spare.

      You’ll just have to do the trip again sometime and get the rope then 🙂


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