50 Rankers Reviews

12 Face-to-Face

2 Canyoning

7 Thames



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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North IslandCoromandelThames


  • Canyoning
  • Rope Works

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Open All Year





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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 10 months 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 10 months ago

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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 11 months 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

kmh0369's avatar


United States

Ranking: 10/10

an amazing and exciting adventure

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Stanley Leonard

United States

Ranking: 10/10

An amazing day trip that we highly recommend to anyone, it was one of the highlights of our trip to both islands. Start the day off with a little over an hour hike with you gear to get to the start of the canyon. Then it's pure adrenaline rush for the rest of the day. We rappelled down waterfalls (the middle of them), zip lined over waterfalls, cliff jumped (6M; 10M; and 14M); and even had a natural water slide. It was remarkable and Russ was an amazing guide. We highly recommend for those we are physically active and looking for some adventure. Wish they let us share videos because they are epic!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Paul Hoefer

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Descending through this amazing canyon would probably fun no matter who was running the trip, but Canyonz brings the experience to a whole new level. I have done a lot if this type of activity (heli-skiing, whitewater rafting, canyoning in other locations) and I have never experienced such a well-run guiding outfit where they have literally thought of every detail to make your experience fun, exhilarating and memorable. I rarely write reviews - maybe once a year - so I have to be pretty taken with something to want to endorse it. But I'll tell anyone who will listen that this should be on their bucket list. If this isn't the highlight of your trip to NZ, I seriously want to know what else you did because Canyonz would be pretty hard to beat.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Christian Tattum

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

THESE GUYS ARE A CLASS ACT! - My job in NZ is a travel agent, I have done pretty much all the trips and tours in NZ from bungy jumping and skydiving to helicopter trips to Volcano's and Glaciers HOWEVER this is my favourite and most enjoyble trip I have done in the past 2 years in NZ.

The guides, Russ and T, were amazing. They made the trip flow perfectly to maximise the time during the day to give the best experience. Throughout the whole day I was entertained either by having a casual chat or by the ziplining, scrambling, abseiling, rock jumping etc etc. This is REAL CANYONING, if you like the outdoors you will love this. Canyoning is literally what scares me the most, but with these guys I was able to push myself out of my comfort zone but in a comfortable environment.

Although the initial price may seem more than other trips, I GUARANTEE you will have no complaints by the end of the day and would pay to do it again at twice the price.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Erik Schamberger

United States

Ranking: 10/10

No matter how high you set your expectations, this will beat them! We packed a lot in to our trip to New Zealand - kayaking, caving, the Alpine Crossing, glacier hikes, but nothing topped this day in the Coromandel. Challenging, exhausting, exhilarating, this is what we remember and talk about most. Russ and Wayne, our tireless and outstanding guides, kept it fun and interesting while quietly keeping it safe for everyone. Each drop was different from the last - rappels/abseils, slides, jumps, swims...and a cookout at the end to help refuel. A day not to be missed, and never to be forgotten!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Jan Kerkhof


Ranking: 10/10

if your in for action don't miss this, a full day of action, great guides, awesome nature, great experience

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Chris Guy

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I'm a keen fan of the out doors, and all the adventures we can experience in this amazing landscape New Zealand has to offer.
I have been lucky enough to experience much or the tourism operations and private adventures on offer nation wide over the last few years
I gotta be honest this is the top of the list of things I would recommend anyone to do!!
The Guides are truly professional, safety is paramount at all times, the scenery is stunning and you really get to experience the Adventure!
the money is Well justified for the experience You get
Top job Russ and Wayne we will have to come back and do it all again
Cheers Chris

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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laure reva


Ranking: 10/10

I recommend the sleeping god Canyoning with Canyonz.
I appreciate the professionalism of Teri and Wayne there are fun, very helpful and very safe, awseome!
A wonderful time, thanks for sharing maori culture (songs, fauna, flora)!
You will enjoy abseiling, slide, jump (one is very high: 10 meters), and an amazing zipline .
Beautiful volcanic canyon, exposed to the sun all time.
The best: lunch time on a sleeping sunny rock, and hot barbecue at the end of the canyon.
Very good experience for a full day trip.
Kia ora, thanks a lot!
Let’s do it, again and again! Laure, French canyoning guide.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Jo Corbett

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Such an incredible experience, I would recommend to anyone who loves the outdoors. Even with the rain we had prior to our trip and throughout the day, the views were still stunning, it couldn't be spoiled! The guides made the day even better - we definitly had some laughs! MUST DO!! :)

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Julie Roark

United States

Ranking: 10/10

These people are incredible! Not only do they take your life in their hands, but they manage to do it with the seriousness it deserves, but they also do it while making sure you have the time of your life. They made sure they knew everyone's name before we embarked and never stopped speaking encouraging words along the way. Their enthusiasm was so infectious and you could just tell they loved what they were doing and had genuine concern that you were safe and having an awesome time. The lunch was the best sandwich I've ever eaten and the cookout in the end was casual, celebratory and the perfect end to a satisfyingly exhausting day! We'll definitely be back again next time we're in NZ! Thank you so much Russ and Anna - you guys are amazing!

Reviewed about 2 years ago