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.
Karen Lin from Destinations Magazine took on the Torrent River challenge and came out smiling. It is amazing to read her perspective of a action packed day in the national park. Read her great article here.
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.
Due to unforeseen circumstances we’re looking for one more canyoning guide starting as soon as possible.
This is what we’re looking for:
- Plenty of personal and professional canyoning experience
- Preferably NZOIA Canyon 1 qualified (or overseas equivalent)
- Current Outdoor First Aid certificate, or higher (PHEC preferred)
- Clean NZ drivers license (P-endorsement is a BIG bonus)
- Great communication skills
- Good sense of humor
- Fluent written and spoken English
- Honest, trustworthy and reliable
- Strong work ethics
- Must be eligible to work in NZ
- Must be available until at least the end of March
If you can tick all or most of these boxes then get in touch NOW as we’re looking at filling this position ASAP.
0800 86 34 72 / 03 528 9800 (ask for Lee or Toine)