We are serious about your fun.
We are serious about your fun.
Your safety is most important to us. We have spent countless hours developing and testing our safety procedures to provide you with the safest possible trip. Our guides are qualified through the New Zealand Outdoors Instructors Association, Commission Internationale de Canyon, ICOpro and/or UK Canyon Guides. All guides are trained in first aid, most of them up to either Outdoor/Wilderness First Aid or Pre Hospital Emergency Care level. The guides who transport our clients have a Passenger Endorsement drivers licence. On top of this guides undergo continuous in-house and external training to improve their rope rescue techniques, white water rescue techniques, and first aid knowledge. This way they are prepared for anything at all times. The Managing Director of Abel Tasman Canyons has been directly involved in establishing the NZOIA Canyon 1 and 2 qualification and is one of three canyoning assessors in New Zealand. In conjunction with other canyoning operators he established the national safety guidelines for commercial canyoning in New Zealand.
Abel Tasman Canyons is externally audited by AdventureMark, an independent outdoor safety audit programme. Every year we complete a surveillance check and every third year we complete a rigorous paperwork and on-site audit to ensure we comply with the highest standards for adventure tourism. Mandatory external safety audits became a law in New Zealand in 2014 with the new Adventure Activity Regulations. Abel Tasman Canyons completed their voluntary audit in 2013 to be well ahead of the game. In December 2016 a second full audit was passed with flying colours.
We provide you with top notch equipment to keep you safe and toasty warm. We use specialised canyoning gear sourced from the leading safety equipment manufacturers. All gear is checked and maintained during regular safety inspections.
As a super keen outdoor adventurer and instructor I was incredibly impressed with the trip from a to z. The guides had the perfect balance of professionalism and fun, catering for everyone’s unique background comfort zones and demonstrating impeccable safety practises. Not only an amazing canyon trip, the guides weaved in interesting environmental snippets allowing an even deeper experience.
Important message regarding COVID-19, please read.
Dear Canyoneers, Partners, Agents and Business Owners
We hope this email finds you all as well as you can be at a time like this. Following from our Prime Minister's announcement over the weekend we have made the tough decision to close our business for the season, effective immediately, as of Monday 23rd of March 2020.
We feel like it is the responsible thing to do, to keep our staff and clients safe and overall, flatten the curve of infection. Our heart goes out to anyone who has been impacted by the corona virus and want to wish everyone the very best for whatever the future now holds. We also want to acknowledge the disappointment some may feel, who were still planning to come canyoning with us this season. As a gesture of gratitude we offer a 10% rebooking discount for anyone who has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus from the 23rd of March onwards. Please contact us if you have not heard from us yet.
These are tough times and there are people who are, or will be, in need. Please let us know if we can help you. We have a few vans and trailers if you need to move, we can get groceries/supplies if you need to self-isolate or we can stack your firewood for winter. Please contact us either through our Facebook page, email address; [email protected] or give us a call on 03 528 9800.
Despite the situation, we want to finish this message with a positive note and that is one of gratitude. We want to say a huge thank you to our staff for the epic season we have had, we will miss you all! A big shout out goes to our suppliers, partners, agents and of course all of our awesome customers. We are convinced that positives will emerge from this such as the recovery of our planet, community spirit and connection and time to reflect as individuals
We are already looking forward to next summer and things hopefully being back to normal. We will be reopening again 1st of October 2020.
Kia kaha, see you all again soon!
From Toine, Eva and the rest of the Abel Tasman Canyons Team.