Canyon Explorers is one of the largest canyoning and via ferrata climbing adventure operators in New Zealand. We are proud of the safe, fun and rewarding working environment we have created. Each season we have many returning staff from all around the world but we always welcome the right individuals to the team. 

If you are interested in joining our team, please send your cover letter and CV with relevant skills and qualifications to us at info@canyonexplorers.nz

Before applying for any jobs with us, please make sure you’ve done some research. Explore our website and check out our Facebook and Instagram page to familiarise yourself with our company. If you think you’ve got the skills we’re looking for, please let us know what visa you will have, or require in order to work for Canyon Explorers. Ideal candidates are flexible, hard-working, and work well as part of a team. We are keen to talk to those serious about future summer positions.

Adventure Guides

As a major factor to the success of the business and enjoyment of our customers, Canyon Explorers look for exceptional guides who deliver safe and enjoyable canyoning and climbing experiences. Ideal applicants will have a recognised canyoning qualification – equal to or higher than NZOIA Canyoning Level 1.

While previous canyon guiding experience is desirable, we do offer full training for the right candidate. Applicants with ropes, white water, first aid training, and previous outdoor guiding experience are preferred.

In order to give the best customer experience possible, our guides need to have more than just the technical capabilities. Positive, happy guides that make people feel safe and at ease when helping them overcome a personal challenge can make the experience. Because of this, soft skills and the ability to adapt to people’s individual needs are a must.

Guides also drive our customers to and from the canyon so a Passenger Endorsed NZ Drivers Licence (class ‘P’) is desirable. We recommend applying for the passenger licence early if this is something you’re considering.

If you think this is you, get in touch!




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



LANGUAGE: English, Spanish & Sarcasm

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”?!?


Frontline Staff


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 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!


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.



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?!?



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!