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New Zealand’s South Island is a massive frontier in the realm of exploration and natural beauty as well. The Great Soutthern Alps rival those that they are named after, rising violently from the surrounding landscapes to impressive peaks and pinnacles; it is no mystery why New Zealand is highly regarded as one of the biggest bucket list vacation destinations in the world. The landscape is big and dramatic, the mountains tall and snow capped, and the creeks run clear, deep and cold. From a canyoning perspective, the routes are a legendary combination of hydraulics and deviations, dangerous waterfalls and perilous pools. The level of technicality is pushed up several notches simply by the sheer aquatic nature of the chasms. They are often deep and dark. Beta is limited at best. Anchors are not always present. Jumps are commonplace. Some of the gnarliest yet beautiful routes to be had anywhere. And the best part: a majority of the island remains untouched and unexplored, with most of the true gems still unseen by the human eye.