Why adrenaline LOVES Canyoning Queenstown

Queenstown is famously known as the ‘Adrenaline capital’ of New Zealand offering visitors a huge variety of adventure activities. So why do we love that feeling of adrenaline so much?

Adrenaline – “a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands that increases rates of blood circulation, breathing, and carbohydrate metabolism and prepares muscles for exertion.”

Have you ever wondered why adrenaline loves Canyoning?

The excitement or fear a person feels when Canyoning can cause their adrenal glands to kick in and release adrenaline. This increases your heart rate while pumping more oxygen and glucose to your large and small muscles, giving you perceived extra strength and getting you ready to react to the nervous excitement of what you are about to do in the Canyon. When we are standing at the top of the 7 metre jump in the Routeburn Canyon or leaning over the edge of the 15 metre abseil in the Queenstown Canyon, the adrenaline pumping around our body helps overcome fears and allows us to do things we never thought we could do. As you abseil, zip line, slide and jump through the Canyon, the adrenaline helps us to push ourselves out of our comfort zone. When you think back to how you felt during that time you can feel good about yourself and your achievements (even if you were terrified at the time). This can lead to people chasing after more feelings like this in a variety of situations (hence the term adrenaline junkies).

Canyoning is the perfect way to mix awesome fun with challenge, achievement and a huge dollop of that adrenaline that we love!


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Traveller’s Choice Award Winners

We’re chuffed to have been recognised with a TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award for 2020! A huge thank you to everyone who has gone canyoning and climbing with us and taken the time to contribute a review!


What is the Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust?

We get to operate in the most stunning places of the world and it’s top-of-mind for us to help protect these areas. We are big supporters of the Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust and donate a percentage of your trip to help support scientific research to help New Zealand’s endangered native birds.


Wakatipu High School Students Come Canyoning

We kicked Queenstown Adventure Week off with getting the youth involved in adventuring in their own big, beautiful backyard. Here at Canyon Explorers, we think it’s so important to get the younger generations out in nature! We have been working with the Wakatipu High School Year 11 Geography students since 2015.




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