Introducing Canyoning to the Adventure Guide Program

We are stoked to announce the newest addition to our Adventure Guide Program – canyoning! Pure Exploration are now offering participants the opportunity to undertake canyoning training with NZOIA certifications and get real-life work experience as a Canyon Leader.

Although we love it, we understand that rock climbing isn’t for everybody. Over the years we’ve received numerous requests for other ‘strands’ to be introduced into the Adventure Guide Program. We’ve explored different activity options and as a result have decided to introduce a water-based training for participants to experience alongside the bush module.

Abseiling 2 Canyoning New Zealand Kawarau Canyon

So, what does this mean? Previously our programs have consisted of rock (climbing) and bush (hiking), and weeks of appropriate training have alternated for all participants to get the opportunity to grasp the skills required, improve techniques and learn how to lead the activity – preparing them for the world of Adventure Guiding post program. From January 2020, we will be giving participants the opportunity to choose between rock climbing and canyoning, to alternate with the bush module.

If participants decide to choose canyoning on the Adventure Guide Program they will be taught the sport of canyoning, commercial safety standards and guidelines. The training will include technical competence, the environment, group management, leadership and instruction. Upon completion participants will be qualified with an NZOIA Canyon Leader qualification and will be able to assist on a commercial canyoning trip! During your twelve weeks in Queenstown you will get to experience 3 different canyon locations in Queenstown and the Mt Aspiring National park - a UNESCO world heritage area and strikingly beautiful place, well suited for canyoning.

Canyoning will consist of four different modules and at the end of your training you will undertake numerous client days, taking Queenstown locals and tourists out to experience canyoning – lead by you! The modules build on each other from week to week and you can expect to learn about equipment, understand weather limitations (and implications), acquire practical skills, safety management, leadership and group management.

Group fun shot Canyoning New Zealand Black Spur Canyon

So, what is so awesome about canyoning? We ask local canyoning expert Julz to give us the lowdown on why she and her husband Ross (who will be leading the canyoning training) love the sport!

“Canyoning is an incredible sport due to all the different elements that bring it together – in all its worldly goodness! The exploring, the technical skills needed, the locations and basically, just owning the moment as you launch yourself off an exposed ledge. You get to experience the jungle of New Zealand, the deepest, rawest and most authentic parts of the South Island that few tourists get to experience. You’ll find New Zealand canyons standing tall, with heaps of massive abseils through crystal clear green and blue glacial waters. For some people, canyoning can be a personal challenge and this is something that’s celebrated and encouraged – it could be the water or height aspect, or possibly something else that gets your heart racing! You feel completely exposed to heights as you step out over the edge, taking the moment to digest the thought that you’re about to descend your drop into the glistening, beckoning water pool below. The beauty of the canyons in New Zealand is something you never get used to; all the unique features carved into the rock by the pushing waters. Canyoning is a real art and those who spend time in the canyons feel it connects them with nature even more so.”

Are you keen to find out more? Great! Flick us a message for further information about the Adventure Guide Program. Canyoning is available to all those who sign up for New Zealand intakes from January 2020.

Abseiling 11 Canyoning New Zealand Black Spur Canyon


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