Easter newsletter

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Our latest and final newsletter for this season is full of cool news and awesome videos. If you’d like to stay up to date with what’s happening at Abel Tasman Canyons then subscribe so the next one will pop straight into your email inbox. Read the newsletter here!

Abel Tasman Canyons – Where it all began…

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We decided it was time to ask some questions about how canyoning in the Abel Tasman started. Toine Houtenbos is the Founder and Managing Director of the successful tourism business, Abel Tasman Canyons Limited. Toine and his partner Eva set up Abel Tasman Canyons in 2012 and have since been on the ride of their lives through the trials and tribulations associated with establishing a business in the Adventure Tourism Industry of New Zealand.

Toine’s excited about taking people into wild, inaccessible and beautiful places and have fun!

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Work Experience Weekend – What is it like to be a canyoning guide?

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2 day Canyoning Guide Work Experience

April 22 – 23, Canyoning Guide Work Experience Weekend

Would you like to be a wizard of ropes and do choice bombs for a living?? If the answer is yes, you should join our 2 day Canyoning Guide work Experience here at Abel Tasman Canyons!

The 2 day experience will touch on many facets of Professional Canyon Guiding. From the technical and people skills required to run a safe and fun trip to the more mundane parts of the job (e.g the clean up!!).  We want to inspire the participants and outline what’s involved in the job and the possibilities for the future!

Those that like what they experience can have a chat with us about further training with the NZ Canyoning School and possible job opportunities. Here at Abel Tasman Canyons we use the NZOIA qualification framework and train to the standard of the NZOIA Canyon Awards.
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Canyoning master Lee got his NZOIA Canyon 2!!

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NZOIA Canyon 2 is the highest possible qualification you can get for canyoning guiding and instructing in New Zealand. Only a handful of people have achieved this level in New Zealand. The process is a full on 3 days assessment. Candidates have to show their personal skills, vertical rescue skills, white water rescue skills and provide a safe, fun and educational experience to model students in a high grade technical canyon. Find out more on the NZOIA website.

Congrats Lee! Top job mate!

Canyoning exploration in New Zealand

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There are few things more exciting than going to places where humans have never been before. Canyoning in New Zealand is getting more popular but there are still thousands of canyons which have not been descended yet. Some because they are too technical, some because they are really hard to get to. This videos captures part of a first descent we did in the Dart Valley. 700m vertical with about 45 back to back waterfalls. Check it out here. More awesome videos in our gallery.

It’s not about where we journey, but who we journey with.

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Old mother Torrent, her merciless flow, her fresh clean waters. The way she glistens in the sunlight on a hot summer’s day. Churning, trickling, cascading, whirling, and bubbling. I can dream each step, each handhold as if walking in my sleep. It is no joke, I, like my fellow guides, could walk through Torrent River backwards, blindfolded, possibly even upside down and still find my way. I know it like the back of my hand, knowing just where to step, what to clip, when to jump.

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Female guides of Abel Tasman Canyons

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It may be one of the most amazing compliments to be told by a young female customer “You’re a feminist icon, Rosie”. As a guide, I am just doing my job – running up and down the canyon, setting up the technical side of things and making sure everyone is having a great time. I was quite surprised at the time of the comment, I mean I’m no Maya Angelou or Emily Davison (who threw herself in front of a horse for the right to vote) but then I had a little think…
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