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Canyoning New Zealand

What is canyoning?

Canyons are steep, narrow mountain streams enclosed by steep wall and filled with waterfalls and pools. Canyoning is the way to descent these uniquely beautiful canyons by means of walking, swimming, scrambling, jumping, sliding, abseiling and using ziplines. Only by going canyoning can you see and be fully submersed in these stunning places and experience all the fun stuff Mother Nature throws at you. Due to the challenging terrain is it recommended to go canyoning on guided trips, however if you would like to learn how to do it by yourself please learn more here.

What makes it so good?

The natural beauty of the canyon environment combined with the excitement of the activities is what is so exciting about canyoning. The canyons allow you to experience a sense of exploration. Overcoming the natural challenges of canyoning will give a huge sense of achievement. The huge smiles at the end of the canyon descent are a proof of satisfaction and pride. We’re not afraid to admit that canyoning makes us feel like kids again, having huge amounts uninhibited fun and constantly taking on new challenges.

Why is the Abel Tasman National Park the place to go canyoning in New Zealand?

Mother Nature really created something special here. We are fortunate to have amazing granite canyons beautifully sculpted by crystal clear water and surrounded by stunning native bush. Located in the tropical north of the South Island of New Zealand means we’re far away from freezing cold rivers fed by snow melt. The Abel Tasman National Park has picture perfect golden sand beaches, turquoise waters and plenty of wildlife. Where else can you start and finish an exciting canyoning trip on a golden sand beach? All we need to add is exhilarating water taxi rides, fun and professional canyoning guides, top notch equipment, delicious lunch and FREE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS to give you the best possible experience. Canyoning in New Zealand does not get much better than in the Abel Tasman National Park.


this is not your average tourist attraction. This is not even an extreme activity. This is just pure madness, bottled and sold by professionals.


The reviews are right! This was a highlight of my year in New Zealand. 10/10

Matthew Hallowell

Best activity I have done since being in Nz, better than a bungee jump and white water rafting! If you do one trip while in Nz do this! It's awesome and you get FREE photos and video of your trip!

DanQueenstown, NZ

We abseiled down a crazy number of waterfalls of varrying difficulty. We slid down 3-4 great waterfall slides. We scrabbeled over boulders and down difficult paths. By the end of the day, my husband and I were wiped out in the BEST way possible.


Previous ratings say it all - definitely 10/10. Fantastic experience, extreme adventure, but professionally run and safe. We had an awesome day, and the photos are a real bonus. Thanks Toine and team. 10/10

Tania JonesNew Zealand

These guys are just amazing! I thought their rating was so unbelievable that I had to try them out. They offer free videos and photos unlike so many other companies.

MikkelAarhus, Denmark

The trip is an amazing way to spend the day. You get to see a perspective of the mountain that you otherwise wouldn't be able to in the beautiful deep canyon. It is full of stunning water falls, greenery, and crystal clear water that you get to play in. 10/10

Steph and ColbySan Diego, CA USA

If you want to put smiles on dials for your end of year work jaunt this is a winner! Every other year we try and do a boys trip for our team of builders. They had the best day out, Abel Tasman Canyons staff were excellent.

Harris J

I didn't know what to expect when we signed up for this but i would happily do it again, possibly the best day of my holiday! The staff were extremely friendly and good to talk to and the way everything was set up i had so much fun after 5 hours I still wanted to keep going. 10/10

Lachlan PurvisNew Zealand

I couldn't believe this place was real. Beautiful scenery, great guides and a splash of adrenaline!!

JacobLondon, UK
  • Awesome trip down the Torrent River. Got to abseil, jump waterfalls, zip line, plunge backwards down a rapid (with my eyes closed), bomb drop a water fall.... and.... and the guides were amazing. A sp... Read More
  • Easily one of the highlights of my 2-month trip around Australia and New Zealand! Did so much more than I anticipated, had a fantastic time, and enjoyed learning about the area and chatting with our e... Read More
  • We had a fantastic tour with Chris and Oscar. This was definitely a new adventure with a huge thrill factor. Chris did an amazing job running the tour and convincing us that jumping off an 8m cliff wa... Read More

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