A few of our guides and office staff were able to attend the Canyoning Festival held in St Arnauld at the beginning of February 2018. Click the image below to read the article featured on Stuff Website. This was such an awesome event where 100 canyoning enthusiasts with all different experience came together to learn new skills and go canyoning around the Nelson Lakes and Nelson region.
At the start of this year Abel Tasman Canyons and the New Zealand Canyoning School affiliated with ICOpro (International Canyoning Organization for Professionals) as a Canyoneer Training Center. This means that alongside our own training courses we can now provide training for the ICTC Canyoneer 1-2-3 ICOpro qualification. This qualification is internationally recognised and we are the first ICOpro centre now established in New Zealand.
Our first 8 day training course begins on the 6th of April 2018 with Adrien Paris and Toine Houtenbos as the examiners. There has been great interest in this course seeing it booked out immediately. We’ll be scheduling more of these courses in the future so watch this space.
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Abel Tasman Canyons office manager, Camille Visser, attends the 2018 Canyoning Festival in Nelson Lakes. This a blog of her personal experience.
“The canyoning festival was held in Nelson Lakes over four days, which I was lucky enough to be able to attend two of them. I arrived just after 8am on Saturday morning to find everyone gathered in a group at the local town hall in St Arnold. As I listened to the introductions given by the organisers I quickly realised this way of canyoning was going to be very different to the commercial trips I had been on. Instructions were given to us that we as individuals were responsible for ourselves and even though we would have ‘trip leaders’ it was up to us to ensure our own safety. This filled me with a little fear and a huge amount of excitement.
With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, why not choose to take your Valentine to the next level and go on an adventure together.
Click the image below to watch our adorable Valentines Day couples in the Torrent River.
Our Nelson and Tasman region was in much need of some rain and when it finally came it meant the water levels were too high to run a trip through the Torrent River. However, this didn’t stop the boys from going canyoning! They used this day to do some white water training.
Click the image below to watch the video.
We have been pretty busy with all this amazing summer weather in the Abel Tasman! Everyone, including our guides, have been loving it! We have compiled another video of some of the awesome highlights from our trips. Enjoy! Chuuur!
(to watch the video click the image below to take you to our YouTube page)
This amazing woman, Lee came canyoning with us and wrote about it on her blog page befreewithlee.com. She states “Canyoning in the Abel Tasman National Park was one of the best experiences of my life. I really hope you get the chance to experience this epic trip while travelling through the Nelson region, as it is such a wonderful, soul strengthening activity!” Her journey is an inspiration to us as she writes about her own experience suffering with mental health issues.
She says she felt after her canyoning adventure “(I felt) alive, exhilarated, empowered and like I really could do anything. I also felt like I wanted to be a canyon guide afterwards lol. It was such a magical experience being able to push my limits”.
We are so proud of her for stepping out of her comfort zone, exploring something completely new and loving it!!
Well done Lee!!
To read about her day canyoning with us click HERE.
Whooo hooo Abel Tasman Canyons got a mention by MTV.com as one of the top 12 adventures that adrenaline junkies need to experience in New Zealand’s South Island. Chuuur guys! Click HERE to read the article and take a look at the other 11 epic adventures listed.
We are so proud of our youngest guide Oscar Hadley featuring in The Guardian. Click the link below to read the full article online and learn about his journey as a local boy from Motueka High School to becoming a fully trained canyoning guide.
To read the full article online click here and flick to page 6.