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1 Canyoning

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Get Vertical - Canyonz Adventure Company


Sleeping God Canyon = This is perhaps the biggest, most exciting and challenging adventure activity in New Zealand

Descend 10 breathtaking waterfalls through a majestic valley. Feel the rush as you abseil down drops up to 80m high and fly through the air on ziplines over sparkling water. LEAP OFF cliffs (or not... that's optional), and slide down natural waterslides into crystal pools. Eat good food, make some friends and walk away with memories that last a lifetime.


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Birgit's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

It was the first time canyoning for us and we couldn't have wished for better guides or more beautiful location! We chose the full day option and it definitely is not for the faint-hearted. I'm usually not afraid of heights but this got my feet shaking. But we felt really safe the whole time with our guides Russ and Anna - they really were the best encouraging and guiding us through the whole process. We had a lot fun jumping down from 10m heights (not mandatory!) and abseiling down drops up to 80m high. We're not even half way through our trip but I'm sure this will be the best experience in NZ. Highly recommended!

Reviewed 8 days ago

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Andrew Ng

Ranking: 10/10

Highly recommend for thrill seeker and the best way to overcome your fear with both wonderful and professional guides Anna n Sara. U can just rest assured and put ur confidence to n them. Keep it up ladies.
Andrew & Mulan (Malaysia)

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Bullet's avatar


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Ranking: 10/10

What can I say, the whole experience from start to finish was amazing!

We were lucky enough to be able to spend some unforgettable memories with Wayne and Russ on the FULL DAY Sleeping God Canyon trip.

As natural adventures we loved this trip. The scenery, banter and adventure made for a perfect day despite the weather trying to put a damper on the trip!

You start of the day with a walk up to the canyon which at times can be testing but Wayne and Russ ensured that we got regular breaks and that the pace was right for everyone :)

As someone who is terrified of jumping from a height into the water, I can confidently say these guys are AMAZING at what they do. At no point do you feel pressured to do anything out of your comfort zone BUT if you are willing to give something a go that is well out of your comfort zone they are there for you, not only mentally but emotionally.

I can proudly say that thanks to Russ and Wayne I challenged my comfort zone and I won! I successfully jumped off all cliff jumping options....EVEN THE 14m JUMP! :)

The team at Canyonz are not numbers focused, they are truly passionate about where they work and love sharing their passion for the outdoors and canyoning with others.

I could not recommend the Team at Canyonz highly enough. You guys are awesome!

I will be back!

Reviewed 6 months ago

Canyonz responds:

Wow! What an amazing review! Thank you for your kind words. It’s great to hear that it comes through that we’re about peoples experiences and not the numbers;) thanks again for coming

Luke's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Epic adventure with top class guides. Basically a day out doing rad stuff with your mates and some great people guiding you along the way to make sure you are going to right way and keeping safe. Thanks to Canyonz, particularly Gareth and Alex, for a memorable day in one of NZ's most beautiful environments!

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Jessy Green

Ranking: 10/10

My wife and I went on a Halfie (half day hike/zipline/repelling). It was an absolutely fantastic experience and probably the highlight of our hunny moon. Our guide, Russell was knowledgeable, friendly, and an expert at everything canyoning.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Femke Verbree

Ranking: 10/10

I did the canyoning trip yesterday, I came solo, we went with a great team of 3 extra membres and 2 crew. All gear is provided, including good shoes. The scenary is beautifull, team spirit great and the canyoning beyond great! I did the full day and can totally recommand this trip. I loved the double safety checks and can 't believe i dit the 14m jump! Thanks Russ, Alex and T!

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Kate V's avatar

Kate V

Ranking: 10/10

We had the most perfect all day trip with CanyonNZ with a wonderful group of 4 participants and two awesome guides: Alex and T. They kept us safe, but encouraged us to push our edges and do things we didn’t think we could do. 14m jump? No problem! I can’t imagine a more well run, thoughtfully appointed and fun tour anywhere in NZ. Worth every penny and we would absolutely recommend it to anyone.

Reviewed 9 months ago

Mackenzie's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Wow what a adventure, loved every moment of it. Made me get out of my comfort zone and push myself but was great! Russ and Sarah made me feel confident to do things I wouldn't normally do.I Definitely would go back and encourage anyone to give it a go you wont regret it :)

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Rax Anderson's avatar

Rax Anderson

Ranking: 10/10

Had and absolutely thrill seeking time doing the half day canyoning session with wayne and gareth. We done it as a family for a birthday present. We had zero experience and knowledge about canyoning and the boys were patient and awesome at teaching us the ropes (literally). Abseiling down waterfalls and jumping off rocks into pools below has never been so fun. Worth every cent. We have now booked in for the full day canyon session with more family this summer. A good variety of food for lunch that was provided by them and it even came with a priceless view. Definitely a 10/10 activity from me and my family.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Tsui-Wen Chen

Ranking: 10/10

The website photos were enticing and fortunately I did not see the video which was playing at the Kauaeranga Visitor centre when we arrived on the day as I certainly would have had second thoughts had I seen it before booking.The video showed stuff that I would never dream of doing.
My husband and I are 56 and we like tramping and cycling trips and had been thinking about canyoning for the past couple of years- we have done virtually no abseiling. Russ and Teri were calm and so incredibly upbeat that when I felt like giving up or tried opting out of sliding they gave me so much confidence that I would change my mind and found myself doing stuff out of my comfort zone. They made things fun and super safe at the same time.
The karakia (prayer ) at the start and the fabulous hamburgers at the end made the day's adventure pretty special too.Lots of fantastic highlights including abseiling over a waterfall, sliding down a rockface,speeding on a zipline over a gorge. I will forever have a giggle over Russ's observation of my husband being "not exactly petite" after he ziplined him at a rapid speed over a gorge.
I would definitely recommend this to everyone who is reasonably fit and possesses a spirit of adventure as this is unforgettable.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Laura's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

If you only have the money/time to do one adventurous activity, do this! The guides are so passionate, friendly, helpful and focused on safety. This day was a big challenge for us, and we are so stoked to have made it!
We are 38/39 years old, city slickers who like to jog pretty regularly, but that‘s about it. So, moderate fitness levels. No experience canyoning/abseiling. The day definitely tested our limits, but I never ever felt like I was in a situation that I (or the guides, if I screwed up) couldn‘t handle.
First off, they really give you all the gear, incl. shoes, that you need. I was cringing at putting on another nasty wetsuit like for other tours until I saw their gear: clean, really good, thick wetsuits (extra gear for those who easily get cold or head out in cold weather), helmets, neoprene socks and excellent canyoning shoes (amazing grip on wet boulders).
You then hike about one hour uphill with your wetsuit/gear in a backpack. The backpack is not really heavy and the hike is at a pace that works for everyone, but you definitely get a workout. Then the fun starts. In ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING SCENERY!
The start is a bit of practice in abseiling and jumping with the guides always checking and re-checking your gear. A huge emphasis on safety. They also work really hard on getting the group dynamic to work, always calling you by your name and making sure you feel confident and including everyone in discussions. Abseiling next to the waterfalls - in some of the most breathtaking scenery I have ever seen in my travels - with the sun creating rainbows in the water is so amazing. The abseil IN the waterfall was not my fave part of the day, but so glad I had the opportunity to do it (and succeed!). The day is definitely strenuous - that should not be underestimated. But the guys really do know how to deal with any problems/issues.

It really is worth every $!!!! Thanks, guys, for our best day in NZ!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Ivana's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We’ve been lucky enough to travel to quite a few places and tried our fair share of adventure activities. This was by far one of the best experiences we’ve had. Russ and the team are amazing. It was an awesome day out and highly recommended. I would put this on the top of your list of things to do if you’re in the area (even if you’re not, put it on your list and make your way here). It’s totally worth the money and time. We are hanging out to come back and try the full day. We left with huge grins on our faces that still haven’t faded.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Yasmine van Wijngaarden's avatar

Yasmine van Wijngaarden


Ranking: 10/10

We've been travelling around for nearly 2 months around NZ, and this has been the most memorable experience so far!! We were accompanied by an absolutely amazing, super professional guide Russ who ensured we not only felt safe but also were making the most of the entire experience. It starts with a challenging but super beautiful 45 min hike up through the forest during which Russ shares a lot of great history and interesting details about the surroundings that you walk through. Once you've made it up, the abseiling starts with the first 3 descents already being the most challenging. I probably wouldn't have gone if I had known beforehand what I had signed up for (if you're afraid of heights, definitely don't watch any movies on their website beforehand) but man.. what a way to overcome your fears!! Once you get going you get more and more excited that you can actually do this and so it has been such an amazing mental as well as physical challenge. By the end of it, you truly feel like you can do anything - such an amazing feeling that is! And another thing that's great about this trip is that Russ makes sure that he captures every single moment - even whilst you're hanging off the cliff, super upset that you have to hang there and smile for the camera - and you will have a record of every single moment of that day, and all for free. Even just hanging out with Russ and chatting with him was so much fun. To sum it up, totally worth your time and money, definitely a NZ must do!!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Canyonz responds:

Wow, thank you Yasmine! What an awesome review, so stoked to hear you had such a great day. We love that it really is an empowering experience. It was great to spend the day with you! Many many thanks and all the best for the future. Russ