South Island Canyoning

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Doom Creek

Not quite as daunting as it may sound but a fantastic South Island canyoning trip nonetheless. Doom Creek is a great play canyon. In some places you can hardly see the sky and around the next corner you’ll be basking in the sun on a big shingle beach. Doom Creek is full of jumps, but none of them are compulsory. The canyon is almost horizontal with steep vertical walls. You decide how high you want to climb, to then turn around and launch yourself into crystal clear pools! You’ll love this trip if you’re into jumps and swimming.

Location: Mount Richmond Forest Park
Access: Road
departure: 7:00am from Motueka, 8am from Nelson
Free pick up: Motueka, Nelson, Havelock
Duration: Full day
Included: Professional guides, gear, delicious lunch, snack and drinks, photos and videos
Minimum number of people: 4
Minimum age: 14
You need: Swimwear, towel and closed toed shoes that you don’t mind getting wet
Season: 1 November – 31 March

Booking information, please read

Online bookings close 16 hours prior to trip departure (NZ time)
For last minute bookings please call us on: 0800 86 34 72

Start times are subject to conditions, availability, and participant numbers. Your meeting / pick up time will be specified in your confirmation email.

  • Canyoning is a physically demanding activity that requires a reasonable level of fitness
  • The trip involves walking on uneven and slippery surfaces
  • The trip involves full submersion in water
  • Clients will be exposed to heights of up to 15m
  • Jumps and slides are always optional
  • All clients must fit our wetsuits and safety equipment to participate

We have flexible booking conditions due to Covid-19. Please click here for details.

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Delicious lunch, snacks and drinks

Free photos and videos

About this canyon

An easy 45 minute walk takes you to the start of Doom Creek, a classic South Island canyoning trip. This time we’ll forget about the harnesses because there is no need to abseil. The guides will give you a thorough safety briefing focused on jumping and floating through rapids. Then it’s time to venture into Doom Creek, a beautiful slot canyon with a few small jumps to get you going. At the end of the slot Doom Creek joins up with the mighty Wakamarina River which is a lot wider. The vertical walls make for great jumps, some well over 10m high. About 3 hours worth of walking, wading, swimming and jumping takes us straight back to the car park.

Keen on a bit more vertical and rope work? Have a look at our other trips.

Getting there

Doom Creek is located along the road from Nelson to Picton, in the old gold mining area near Canvastown. To get there you can either come with us in the van (limited space available) or you can drive your own vehicle. Upon booking we’ll arrange a suitable meeting place depending on where you are staying so you can either jump in our van or follow the van to the canyon. The last 15km is a gravel road which is generally in a good condition, suitable for normal 2×4 vehicles, as long as they are not too low to the ground.

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Tripadvisor Review

One of the best experiences in my life! Great guides, awesome group and lots of fun to be had by all. I would highly recommend Abel Tasman Canyons to anyone and everyone. A definite must do for all! A++

elfabet123, Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand

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