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.
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.
Customers often look at us with mouths wide open, gawping at how effortlessly we leap from rock to rock in the canyon. It’s almost as if we were born as ready-made canyoning guides. But today we’re going to let you in on a little secret… There was a first time for all of us. At one stage we also walked through the canyon feeling like a baby giraffe taking their first steps, and we too felt our stomachs shrink at the prospect of the 8metre jump. So we thought we would share with you our first times in the canyon, and how we eventually all became the guides that we are today.
What were you doing before you became a guide?
Lana: I was teaching kayaking and managing a ski school in Canada. Read More
We recently welcomed high school student, and family friend, Tess into our canyons as a trainee guide for a few weeks. We wanted to hear a little bit more about her experience, so we brought her into the ATC base to ask her a few questions.
Hey! Thank you for having me. My family are Dutch and so we met Toine through a Dutch family friend a few years ago. Since we were first introduced we’ve spent lots of time together, having dinners at their house or at ours, going tramping together and celebrating Sinter Klaas (a Dutch tradition which happens on the 5th of December). Toine and I get along really well because we both enjoy outdoor activities and love being out in the natural environment.
Here it is: our ‘Guts and Glory’ promo video! Experience the white waters of the canyon, plunging into deep pools after leaping off of cliffs, before tumbling out of a plane from 16,500 ft. over the stunning Abel Tasman National Park. It’s a heap of action in just ONE day. Could you handle it? Click here to read all about this whirlwind adventure.
We’re very pleased and proud to have passed our second full safety audit. Our Operations Manager Lee den Haan did an amazing job working together with the auditing team to guide them through our Safety Management System. They were very impressed with our systems and the way we guide people down our canyons, providing all of our customers with a fun, challenging and safe experience. A big thank you to Lee, the Abel Tasman Canyons crew and the AdventureMark team!