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Happy Easter 2019 Newsletter

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Happy Easter Everyone! We’ve just sent out our Easter Newsletter.

It’s been a great summer here at Abel Tasman Canyons and despite months of no rain in the Tasman region, the canyons in the Abel Tasman National Park still flowed beautifully. Allowing us to continue sharing our passion for canyoning and the Abel Tasman National Park to both locals and visitors. In this newsletter we would like to share with you our latest news and what we have been up to this summer.

We are open until the 30th of April 2019. Over the winter months we will be closed and will reopen again 1st of October 2019.

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. Click the image below to read the newsletter.

 

International Wahine Day 2019

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INTERNATIONAL WAHINE (WOMEN’S) DAY – MARCH 8 – #BALANCEFORBETTER

“A balanced world is a better world”

Abel Tasman Canyons loves seeing women challenge themselves and gain confidence in the canyon and this season we are proud to have two Wahine Guides in our team.

Click HERE to take you to our YouTube channel and be inspired by our wahine guides and customers this season.

 

 

Summer Canyoning in the Abel Tasman Newsletter

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Happy Summer everyone!

This is our first newsletter of the 2018/2019 season and boy have we had an amazingly busy summer already! A trip into the canyon is proving to be the best way to cool off as this beautiful hot weather continues. The time has flown by and it’s crazy to think we are over half way through this season! We continue to take some fantastic local and international visitors canyoning.

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From Source to Sea, An Abel Tasman Adventure

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The first thing you always notice when you wake up in New Zealand is the harmonious orchestra of bird song. The constant chatter of many beautiful species fills the air. Perfect, you think, as you look out of the window of the floating backpackers to look at the brilliantly, beautiful , blue bay, surrounded by  bright and green native forest with the sun beating down onto the pristine golden beaches. That was the morning we woke to half way through our adventure…

It all started early on a Saturday morning, slamming back a coffee and hastily gobbling up some high energy breakfast.  We jumped in the car and sped off (within the speed limit!) around the Tasman bay. Travelling from Nelson City to Marahau taking only an hour on the small highway and then up and over a little hill  and being  greeted by a beautiful site- Sandy Bay.

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Interview with Awatea Teaukura – Our work experience student

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Awatea is a student at Motueka High and joined our team in March to complete his work experience. We asked him some questions as to why he decided to chose Abel Tasman Canyons.

Can you tell us a bit about the Gateway programme?
In Gateway you choose a job which seems up your alley and you go out and have a go in that workplace.

Have you always been excited about the outdoors?
I got into the outdoors when i was 12 when my mates asked me to go tramping up Mt Arthur and I’ve loved being out there doing it since.

What inspired you to come and join us at Abel Tasman Canyons?
I was camping out at Anchorage with some mates and my friend Tess who was doing some work experience at Canyons told us all about it and I thought that sounded right up my alley.

What did you think of your first experience of the Torrent River Canyon?
I thought it was such a cool experience going to one of those places that so few eyes get to see and the guides that took me up Pete and Oscar are the bomb. Also learning to back flip was definitely a plus.

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Staff Party into Harwoods Hole

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Office Assistant John, writes about his experience in Harwood’s Hole on the Abel Tasman Canyons STAFF party trip

‘Hey John, we’re having our staff party in a couple of weeks… you keen?’  Sure thing I thought.  Some drinks and tasty food, maybe some games and a good bit of banter.  Maybe we’d go and play Mini Golf?!  Sweet!  As a first year Abel Tasman Canyons office guy, my staff party expectations turned out to be pretty low as it turned out.  ‘We’re going to do the Harwood’s Hole mission, you’d be ok with that right?’  I smiled.  I nodded.  The non verbal contract had been signed.

Peering over the edge of Harwood’s Hole would fill the hearts of most casual visitors with amazement and utter dread.  Amazement because it is a ridiculously large hole that just appears at the end of a lovely scenic walking track; and utter dread because it truly is a ridiculously large hole that you cannot see the bottom of unless you happen to lean a wee bit too far.  Please don’t do that!  For me… utter dread was definitely the biggest feeling I was experiencing from the tips of my toes to the hair on my head, but mostly in my stomach… and a wee bit further down if I’m honest.  But at the same time as all that going on, I also had a true sense of awe and wonderment as I stared in to a hole that was so incredibly tapu (sacred), and full of tales of real adventure.  It was the awe and wonderment that meant that this was not a trip that I could miss.

I was joined at the edge of the hole by a group of true professionals.  They all looked like a kind of subterranean adventure gang in their wetsuits, helmets and harnesses as they grinned at one another over the prospect of what lay before us.  Somehow I had managed to find a way to look like a French mime with my stripey black and white polypro, black wetsuit long johns and lovely white gloves.

Everything began to feel decidedly real all of a sudden.  I was shortly going to be abseiling roughly 200mtr in to the abyss.  The grins started to turn in to steely focussed stares as we all checked and rechecked one another’s equipment for any possible defects.  We worked out the order in which we would descend in pairs and then we lined up to get the job done.

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2018 Canyoning Festival Blog written by Office Manager – Camille Visser

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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.

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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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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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