ABOUT
CANYON EXPLORERS

LET’S TELL YOU A LITTLE MORE ABOUT US…

The roots of our love for adventure started for one of the owners back in the 1960’s, when his father was climbing with Sir Edmund Hillary and alpine guiding in the Mount Cook National Park. As a young boy, listening to tales of high adventure being shared by Sir Ed and Tenzing Norgay with our family, inspired a passion for adventure that has never waned.

We are proud to have been sharing our adventures with visitors to the Queenstown region for over 30 years and our goal has never changed – to deliver outstanding adventure experiences.

Our guides include New Zealanders and a United Nations of adventure professionals from around the world. They hold a variety of outdoor qualifications and have a vast amount of guiding experience – as well as being great people who enjoy sharing our special places.

We are the longest operators of canyoning (1998) and via ferrata climbing (2003) in the region.

We are proud to contribute to local and community activities that promote education, conservation and environmental sustainability in the areas that we operate.

Canyon Explorers are part of the Adventure Group of Tourism companies.

EXCLUSIVE ACCESS

We are the only commercial operators allowed access to our canyons.

BEST CANYONS & ACTIVITIES

Our canyoning experiences feature more waterfalls, natural water slides and deep, crystal clear pools than any other canyoning operator in Queenstown. Our half day climbing trip is New Zealand’s first and Queenstown’s only via ferrata climbing system. Located only minutes from downtown Queenstown, it rewards climbers with spectacular views across the Lake Wakatipu, the town and mountains beyond.

EXPERIENCE & SAFETY

We have been certified by Adventure Mark for compliance with the New Zealand Safety Audit Standard for Adventure Activities. We support the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association and our guides hold NZOIA qualifications for our activities. We provide both in-house and outsourced training for all our staff and we strive to exceed the standards of best practice for adventure guiding.

CHOOSE YOUR CHALLENGE

We understand that challenge means different things to everyone and you should be able to choose your challenge. Where our trips have features that some may find a little too challenging - our guides can provide alternatives to ensure that you are comfortable. It is about helping you find your personal comfort zone. Good times and new experiences.

CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT & INVESTMENT

We live in fast changing times and we recognise the need to maximise new technologies, products, materials and ways of doing things that go towards making our activities even better, as well as being a great place to work.

CENTRAL QUEENSTOWN BASE

Conveniently located right in the center of town, we are open 7 days a week from 7.30am. Our friendly team are here to answer all of your questions so pop in, call or email us at any time. We also conduct all of our pre-trip briefings here in our comfortable departure lounge so you’ll know exactly what to expect before you head out on your trip.

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“WITHOUT A DOUBT THE BEST THING WE DID IN QUEENSTOWN”

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Canyoning.co.nz and ViaFerrata.co.nz have relaunched as Canyon Explorers. Same epic team, same amazing adventures

Andee

ADVENTURE GUIDE


NATIONALITY: American
LANGUAGE: English, Spanish & Sarcasm
GUIDING EXPERIENCE: Costa Rica & USA

Meet Andee a.k.a Diesel. Andee is passionate about women’s involvement in outdoor sports and is a fantastic role model – canyoning, kayaking, hiking and getting involved in all adrenaline sports!
 
She loves Queenstown for all of its outdoor adventures, as well as being a great spot to people watch and hang out with the cute ducks (Andee is obsessed about the ducks!).
 
Her relaxing days off include working in her garden or laying on the couch demolishing pizza and pineapple soft serve ice cream. Fun fact: Andee’s favourite Cards Against Humanity white card is “Bees”?!?

BOB

Frontline Staff


NATIONALITY: British  LANGUAGE: English

Bob worked with us over winter and we managed to convince him to stay for the summer!
 
Actually, he just realised that there were still many adventures to be had here in Queenstown, but we’re totally going to take credit for it. He’s passionate about skiing and when he’s not at work you’ll find Bob going up and down the mountain using a variety of apparatus, often eating his favourite food, ice cream at the same time.
 
Fun fact about Bob – he has a Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Oxford! We encourage everybody to ask Bob about all things physics – Why is the sky blue? What is centrifugal force? We haven’t been able to stump him yet!

Kaden

HEAD GUIDE


NATIONALITY: American
LANGUAGE: English
GUIDING EXPERIENCE: USA, New Zealand

Kaden is our Head Guide and is from Utah. He is super passionate about climbing, skiing, and most of all canyoning.
 
In his own words, he enjoys being super badass – if he is not enjoying the great outdoors then you will usually find him in the gym pumping some iron! Kaden has spent the last 5 years as a canyon guide in the deserts of southern Utah (specifically Zion National Park) in the summer and skiing in winter.
 
In 2015 he decided to chase the summer and came to the (in his own words) “most beautiful country in the Southern Hemisphere” and has kept coming back since. Kaden’s fun fact is that his mom thinks he’s super rad, we tend to agree!

Taylor

adventure guide


Nationality: American
Language: English & Spanish
Guiding Experience: New Zealand

We’re stoked to have Taylor a.k.a Dragon back for his second year with us! After guiding here last season, Taylor couldn’t wait to come back and get up to all things radical. On his days off, you’ll find Taylor with taco in hand, listening to the guy that sings with his dog. You know the one.
 
His spirit animal is a crow and he is passionate about ‘getting stoked out of his mind’ – his exact words. We dare you to bring Taylor some celery and when you do, you might get to hear his extremely loud scream which could possibly be his super power.

ALEX

ADVENTURE GUIDE


NATIONALITY: English – Kiwi 
LANGUAGE: English, French, German
GUIDING EXPERIENCE: Switzerland & New Zealand

Alex, better known as The Machine, is British but claims that she is also part Kiwi. We convinced her to come to Queenstown by promising her beautiful canyons, sick mountain biking and incredible people. So far, we’re living up to her expectations!
 
On her days off you’ll find Alex hanging out with Bruce, her beloved bike, eating all the food (her exact words) and smashing the boys at the gym. Her six pack is waay better than theirs! She plays a mean flute, is slightly obsessed about peanut butter and passionate about hummus.
 
Interesting fact – Alex can’t stand watching or hearing people brush their teeth! Anyone got a toothbrush?!?

RIKI

OPERATIONS MANAGER


NATIONALITY: Kiwi
LANGUAGE: English
GUIDING EXPERIENCE: New Zealand & Switzerland

Riki spent most of his childhood in a tiny town called Waikari in the Cantebury area, mixed with a short stint in Papua New Guinea.
 
Passionate about positive adventure experiences, Riki has guided in Auckland, Abel Tasman, Wanaka and Switzerland. Riki came to Queenstown to continue developing his professional career and to make the most of all the adventures in the adventure capital of the world!
 
When Riki isn’t working with our team on creating awesome experiences, you’ll find him obsessing over wind patterns, running off very high cliffs with a parachute or kite surfing. He literally drools over the salads at Big Fig but has no respect for lovers of pineapple on pizza!