Canyoning is a fun & thrilling way to get into the more inaccessible but beautiful places that form part of New Zealand’s stunning landscape. It is nature’s water park!
At the most basic level, canyoning is the practise of descending rivers and streams, using any combination of walking, climbing, abseiling (rappelling), ziplining, jumping and sliding.
Canyons are natural water parks, carved into stone and located in the wilderness. Anyone who loves sliding, jumping, playing in water, exploring, abseiling and technical problem solving, will love canyoning.
Descend the canyon, doing whatever is necessary to reach the bottom, whilst having a ball and marvelling at the rugged beauty of these inaccessible places.
We’ll take you canyoning through the famous UNESCO World Heritage listed, Routeburn Valley.
This full day experience includes a stunning scenic drive to Glenorchy, a hike on the Routeburn track and lunch.
This canyon is suited for people with a high level of fitness and water confidence. Previous experience in canyoning or similar outdoor pursuits is preferred.
For our most technical canyoning challenge, we have our Dart Advanced. This trip is suited for those with previous canyoning, abseiling, or similar experience.
All trips require confidence in moving water, as opposed to swimming ability. This may vary depending on the trip and the water levels in the canyon on the day. Our half-day Queenstown trip is more suitable for lower levels of water confidence.
Our Queenstown trip is ideal for those who are new to canyoning. Our Routeburn trip is more challenging and suited to those who have previous experience in canyoning or similar outdoor pursuits. Our Dart Advanced requires previous canyoning or similar experience as this is our most technical and challenging canyoning trip.
Yes, if you really don’t want to do any of the elements once you are in the canyon we can provide alternative options.
You can choose your level of challenge. Our guides can provide alternatives if you wish to make sure you are comfortable during the entire trip.
We don’t recommend you wear glasses in the canyon. Contact lenses are better but can still fall out. If you only have glasses, ensure you have a sports strap or tie and let your guide know before departure. Glasses are worn at clients risk.
All you need is your confidence in moving water. We also recommend that you bring a thermal layer (polypro or merino). We will provide all equipment including wetsuits, helmets, socks and booties. We recommend you do not bring any valuables with you. They can be stored at the Adventure Centre in Queenstown where your trip departs from.
Yes! However, you will be wearing a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and wetsuit booties. Canyoning is a perfect rainy day activity as you’re going to get wet anyway!
Traditional cameras are not permitted in the canyon for safety reasons.
Our guides take photos during your trip which will be available for purchase but please keep in mind that photos are being taken in a challenging environment and may not all turn out.
We also offer a GoPro hire service or you can bring your own but these must be mounted to your helmet at all times.
Yes. We can organise trips to suit your needs. Canyoning is perfect for group activity, team building and corporate events.
24 hours notice of cancellation in order to receive a full refund. For any reason we should cancel a trip we will provide a full refund.
Canyon Explorers operates trips between 1st Oct – 30th April.
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