We are so proud to have received another Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor. Everything we do is out of the passion to share the unique environment we love so much and to provide unforgettable experienced for anyone who wants to join us. Each individual in the team is doing their part to make it work, from the moment they pick up the phone when people book or ask a question to the extra words of encouragement on the jumps until the follow up emails with free photos and videos. We are so thankful for our team and the fact that they go the extra mile for you. And THANK YOU to all our enthusiastic customers who felt the passion too!
The very first CA123 ICOpro course in new Zealand is under way! Great locations lined up with awesome trainees. Click the image below to read this article introducing us as the newest member of the ICOpro family 🙂
“Canyoning is what we do!”.
We have teamed up with MORE FM to take two lucky listeners and More FM Workplace Social Club Host Josh, on an adventure through the Torrent River Canyon on the 6th of April 2018.
You can win too. To enter, text the keyword CANYON and why you would like to take on the challenge to 559 and you are in the draw.
Update: two lucky winner and Josh went on a trip – have a look at this hilarious video to see how they got on!
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.
Fancy a job where you get to hang out in a national park whilst combining technical rope skills, water skills and personal skills? If so, becoming a canyoning guide for Abel Tasman Canyons might be your perfect job.
This two day training workshop will introduce you to the world of a being a canyoning guide for Abel Tasman Canyons. All aspects of the job will be covered including rope skills, white water skills, guiding skills and more. The goal of this workshop is to inform and inspire participants to be our potential future guides.
Those that like what they experience can discuss further training opportunities with the NZ Canyoning School and possible future job opportunities. Here at Abel Tasman Canyons we use the NZOIA Qualification framework and train to the standard of the NZOIA canyon awards.
Dates: 16 – 17 April 2018 Read More
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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Mid-season, it is time for another newsletter to let everyone know what we have been up to here at Abel Tasman Canyons. 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.