Our team

All of us here at Abel Tasman Canyons are dedicated to giving you an experience of a lifetime from start to finish. Our friendly voice on the other side of the phone, our positive words of encouragement to help you push your limits, our passion for our work and the place we work in, our commitment to your safety, our bad jokes but our good looks are some of the key qualities you’ll experience when you join one of our adventures.

Please meet our awesome team members

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Abel Tasman 's latest explorer

Toine Houtenbos

Managing Director, Senior Instructor and Trainer

Dutch born canyoning enthusiast, Toine is both the founder and the managing director of Abel Tasman Canyons, New Zealand Canyoning School and owns the first canyoning centre affiliated with ICOpro in New Zealand. Every chance he gets to leave the office you will find him in a canyon either guiding, instructing or doing first descents. Prior to moving to New Zealand Toine has guided in canyons throughout Europe and South Africa. In 2010 he travelled to Japan to train with the Commission International de Canyon (CIC). In 2017 he trained with the International Canyoning Organisation for Professionals (ICOpro) team in Bali to become an ICOpro Trainer. Toine is an active member of the New Zealand canyon scene. He wrote the Code of Practice for Recreational Canyoning in New Zealand and he is a canyoning assessor for NZOIA. He was also a member of the NZ canyoning expedition team that explored new canyons down the West Coast, Wanaka and Fiordland in March 2015. If you find yourself in a sticky situation in the canyon you might come across Toine as part of the Canyon Rescue team and Canyon Rescue Instructor for LandSAR. Warning: when Toine stops smiling put food in his mouth immediately, those thunder thighs are not going to feed themselves.

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Eva

The Oracle

Eva (Dutch) (Toine’s partner) is back for year nine. Eva, also known as ‘the real boss’, has been getting more and more involved over the years and is the one that holds it all together. She basically does heaps of behind-the-scenes stuff in the office to keep things running smoothly. When she needs time out of the office she’ll get out in the canyon for fun, squealing her way down the slides. Her PhD in Medical Anthropology translates into her interest for people’s stories, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself telling her your life story at some stage. True to her Dutch heritage, Eva is a keen cyclist both on the road and down the local mountain bike trails.

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Oscar

Senior Instructor and Trainer

Local lad from up the Motueka valley. Oscar is keen on anything that goes on in the outdoors, especially kayaking and canyoning. Before becoming a canyoning guide, Oscar spent a few years sea kayaking up and down the Abel Tasman coastline. He is back for year four at Abel Tasman Canyons. Over the past few years Oscar has been trained in-house and gained his NZOIA Canyon 1. These days Oscar is the one training others; whether that is new staff at Abel Tasman Canyons or NMIT students who have taken on a canyoning module. He is also an active member of the Tasman Swift Water and Canyon Rescue team. This man knows some mean as rope tricks so if you are in need of some party tricks, ask him to show you. Be ready to be left feeling mesmerised.

Zeb

Canyoning Instructor

Zeb (Kiwi) is a local lad from Golden Bay and this is his second season with the Abel Tasman Canyons family. Zeb completed his Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Guiding at Tai Poutini Polytechnic. Although this course exposed him to many different pursuits, it was the canyoning that jumped out to Zeb (no surprises there). He has been canyoning in the Golden Bay, in Arthur’s pass, and in Te Tau Ihu. Zeb is an active member of the Tasman Swift Water and Canyon Rescue team. Zeb's got a wealth of local knowledge and can fill you in on some local stories and hidden adventure locations in the Golden Bay.

Juri

Senior Instructor

Juri (Latvian born Kiwi) switched over from the dark side (caving) after years of guiding in Waitomo, to canyoning in the beautifully sunny Abel Tasman. This is Juri's season at Abel Tasman Canyons. If you find yourself stuck for some commentary, Juri knows a joke or two. However, even more impressive are his raro pouring skills during the raro break in the canyon, Tom Cruise in ‘Cocktail’ has got nothing on him! Other things you might not know about Juri; he was once a civil engineer, during the winters he keeps himself busy as a tiler and Juri is an ice hockey player and surfer. Jurij is also an active member of the Tasman Swift Water and Canyon Rescue team. Could his skills be any more diverse??

Adrien

Casual Instructor

Adrien (French) is a canyoning fanatic from the country that invented canyoning. Adrien is back for his fourth year at Abel Tasman Canyons and has been guiding and instructing for many years all over the world. His filming and photography skills are outstanding, providing us with the most amazing marketing material. Skiing, graffiti and making music, this guy does it all!

Dan

Casual Instructor

Daniel (Swiss/Kiwi) is also a casual instructor who loves helping us out in the canyons. As a full-time UIAGM Mountain Guide he’s in popular demand as a canyoning guide, kayak guide, heli-ski guide, raft guide and outdoor instructor… You name it, Dan does it! Also if you need a bit of advice on living off the grid or brewing your own cider, Dan is your man!

Jeff

Designer

Just like the nocturnal kiwi bird, when it is night-time in New Zealand Jeff comes out to work his magic. Based in the Netherlands, Jeffrey from Rydestyle looks after all our design work. He does an amazing job building our websites and designing our brochures, posters, adverts, sign writing etc. Our long-term friend rides downhill bikes like a maniac and works the computer like a braniac! No job or trail is too difficult for this guy.

This could be you!

Instructor / Operations Manager / Apprentice / Office Assistant / Trainee / Office Manager / Trainer

Our main staff intake is just before the season starts in October. However, we're always on the lookout for fun-loving super star instructors and office gurus. So if you're interested in a position send us a kick-ass cover letter and CV. For guide positions add your relevant logbooks (rock, water, ropes) of your personal and professional experience so we can see what adventurer extraordinaire you are!

“Amazing All-in-One Adventure”


Tripadvisor Review

1) Best way to explore and experience Abel Tasman
Hike through the forest to the starting point, then swim/ slide/ abseil/ zipline/ leap downstream, in NZ’s favourite national park. Pure beauty.

2) Adrenaline achievement unlocked
Action and fun packed – the “itinerary” was very creative and you never really know what to imagine or expect at every turn. Peppered with interesting stories and facts the guides shared.

3) Professional, caring and super fun guides
Whom you can count on to feel safe, upbeat, looked after and game for any (if not almost every) challenge. Kudos to the awesome Toine, Lee and Mark for spending Day 1 of 2016 with us (:

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