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Customers Review from Trip Advisor

Reviewed 1 October 2017
This one is on your bucket list!

Torrent River : Let’s qualify this review first.

We did this on the first day of the 2017/18 season, in 10degC water, on a 12degC day, cloudy and raining for the second half. With a 13yo in tow and with neither of us having any experience. The logistics were themselves major just getting there.

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

Remember those youthful times at the river or the swimming hole with your mates when you did stupid things? Remember how it invariably just ended real bad for you or a mate, or you soon discovered how dangerous it really was and stopped?

Imagine what it would be like to do those cool things… but without all that risk. To be able to play with ropes, swings and fast flowing water but not have to think about how it should actually be done. To be able to run and jump off a rock without a care in the world as to what lay below you, or under that water.

You’re imagining Abel Tasman Canyons. A magical place where you just do crazy stuff and someone else stands there and worries themselves to death instead of you.

But there’s no need to worry, because everything has been engineered to the finest precision by seasoned professionals beforehand. All the risks have been controlled. You just do as your told and the magic happens.

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Go with the flow in Abel Tasman National Park

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Fantastic write up by Joanna Davis on Stuff. In her two days in the Abel Tasman she came out with Abel Tasman CanyonsAbel Tasman AquaTaxi, and Abel Tasman Eco Tours, and she stayed the night at Abel Tasman Lodge. Read her article to see how she rated her time in the park! Warning: you might find yourself wanting to follow in her footsteps!

Click HERE to read the full article on Stuff website.

Source to Sea Combo – Canyon and Paddle

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ADRENALINE AND BLISS. Abel Tasman Canyons has come together with Abel Tasman AquaTaxiAquapackers, and Abel Tasman Kayaks to offer the Source to Sea combo. Let us look after you for two days whilst you experience the Abel Tasman National Park at its best.

You will be:

  • Zooming along the coastline on a water taxi
  • Jumping, sliding, abseiling and ziplining through a canyon
  • Sleeping on a floating backpackers
  • Walking a part of the famous coastal track
  • Kayaking through the Astrolabe and over to Adele island

This trip is fully catered. Take a look at this video to get an idea what it’s like to take your best friend out for two days of adrenaline and bliss.

A massive shout out to Bare Kiwi for helping us edit this video. For more info visit our Source to Sea page HERE:

Discovery of our canyons was a bit of a fluke

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We just wanted to share this article that we featured in the Nelson Mail and Stuff. Toine, our managing director talks about how the canyons he discovered in the Abel Tasman National Park were a bit of a fluke.

We were honoured enough to enjoy the evening alongside some other entrants who are operators that also provide just as exciting adventures within the Abel Tasman National Park: Abel Tasman Sailing Adventurers, R&R Kayaks and Wilsons Abel Tasman.

To read the full article follow the link HERE to the page featuring on Stuff website.

We made it on the front page of The Guardian!

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After winning the Supreme Business Award and the Small Medium Enterprise Award at the 2017 Nelson Industries Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, Abel Tasman Canyons featured on the front page of The Guardian.

If you’re interested grab a cup of your favourite tea and check out the online link HERE to the full article below (yes you can read the newspaper online these days!).

Nelson Pine Industries Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2017

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As many of you may have already heard Abel Tasman Canyons won the Nelson Supreme Business Award at the 2017 NPI Chamber of Commerce Business Awards!! What an honour to have our business recognised by the judges in this way. Thank you to the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce for hosting a fantastic show and organising these awards.
Take a look at the moment we found out we had won (excuse the quality of the video).

“To say we were absolutely stunned is an understatement!”

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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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