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Deep Canyon: Wilson Creek Canyon

Wilson Creek is one of the most spectacular canyons in the country. For almost 1.5km, the canyon walls are unbroken, and up to 50m deep. At times, you can touch both walls, and other times you can barely see the sky. Watch light beams dance through the slot, be mesmerised by the deep blue pools and the incredible rock formations. It is also a very committing and strenuous adventure.

After the access hike of up to 2 hours, you’re usually in the canyon for 5-6 hours. You’ll need a high level of fitness, good agility, balance and confidence in the water. You’ll need good swimming ability and a reasonable head for heights.


Duration 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
  • Day 1 : Wilson Creek
    Wilson 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 just north of Haast Pass in Mt Aspiring National Park. The trip begins with a challenging, and very steep hike through incredibly green New Zealand rainforest, with amazing Beech trees and sphagnum moss. For much of the way there is no track, and a high level of fitness is required. It normally takes 1.5 to 2 hours for fit customers. Then you’re usually in the canyon for 5-6 hours.
    Meals :Lunch

  • Depart Wanaka 7a.m. Return 7p.m.

    Two guides are included in the price.

    Transport ex Wanaka is provide and included in the price.

    Guides carry emergency communication devices.

    From Wanaka accommodation or meet Log Cabin Lakefront, 100 Ardmore St, Wanaka

    Pick up or drop off Makarora by arrangement.

  • 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.

    You can bring a Go Pro or your own camera.

    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-10648

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