Picture a giant fun park
waterslide for grownups, deep in a wilderness river gorge. Add
torrents of rushing water and towering rock structures and
youre in canyoning territory.
Canyoning is the ultimate fun adventure sport, which challenges
this vertical world with a hands-on approach that relies on skill
and self-reliance. Under the watchful eye of an experienced guide
you plunge into a semi-underground environment of eroded rock
with water as your constant companion and your mode of travel.
Canyoning tours start out with a gentle walk through bush along a
streambed. Soon the terrain becomes noticeably steeper and sheer
walls impede progress. Out comes the abseil gear and you
appreciate the value of a wetsuit, helmet, harness and boots as
you descend into the abyss with the sound of thundering water
rising to meet you. Then follow a steep, confined gorge, sliding
down chutes and waterfalls, swimming across deep sumps, jumping
off ledges into plunge pools, abseiling into deep chasms and
generally having a wet, wild and wonderful time. Its a real
thrill to explore this untouched environment and have a huge
amount of fun in the process.
At present there are only a few places in New Zealand where
Canyoning is commercially available but is bound to become more
popular. Auckland has a demanding journey through, over and under
numerous waterfalls in the Waitakere Ranges. Wanaka has a deep
canyoning experience including a 30 metre abseil down a waterfall
known as The Gurgler. Christchurch has a gnarly gorge
and waterfall trip that gives thrill seekers the ultimate rush.
If youre hungry for adventure garnished with maximum fun
and you can climb, swim, slide, float and jump, then this is for