Canyoning in Queenstown – Guide and Review
December 3, 2018
This blog is your complete guide to canyoning in Queenstown including what you should know before you go, what is all involved, and our overall review of the experience!
Canyoning in Queenstown
Queenstown is an outdoor lover’s dream and the adventure capital of New Zealand! This small town is surrounded by everything that’s needed to support such activities so it’s no wonder canyoning has become one of the top activities to do. I had been canyoning two times prior in both Vietnam and Ecuador and was super keen to give it another go here in New Zealand!
Deciding to go canyoning in Queenstown turned out to be one of the best decisions I had made as it was so much better than the previous two times I went! If you’re not sure if canyoning is the right activity for you, then this blog is for you! This is a complete guide to canyoning in Queenstown and a review of the company that runs it…Canyoning Queenstown!
What is Canyoning?
Essentially, canyoning is navigating your way through gorges and down waterfalls by abseiling, jumping, walking, zip lining, and swimming. It is an adventure activity that with competent guides is easily completed safely. You will get wet, and of course, have a good time!
Who is it for?
Canyoning is in no way only for the adrenaline junkie. On our tour there where people from all walks of life that all had a great time! Every descent is guided by professionals and they offer other ways of navigating the canyon if you’re not comfortable with any particular descent or jump. Anyone who is reasonably comfortable around water can do this activity and kids as young as 10 can do it. With that being said, if you want an adrenaline rush you will be sure to get it!
What do you need to bring?
Nothing! From head to toe, everything is supplied! Just wear swim shorts/swimsuit for under your wetsuit and bring a towel!
What I loved about Canyoning in Queenstown
After going canyoning twice before I was well aware of the usual procedures and thought I had an idea of what to expect. However, what I learned was that canyoning in Queenstown turned out to be so different than any canyoning I had done before! The biggest difference was the variety!
With the other trips I had done previously elsewhere, they were mainly based around abseiling down waterfalls. However, canyoning in Queenstown was filled with all sorts of different methods of getting through the canyon including zip lines across; zip lines to abseil, lots of jumps, and of course abseiling.
This huge variety kept everyone really engaged with the activity and at no point did we know what to expect at the next part!
On any guided trip the tour guides can make or break your trip. If you feel safe and relaxed you’re going to have a better time and the guides at Canyoning Queenstown were good at that! They were super fun, professional and knowledgeable and it really helped everyone partake and have a good time!
In comparison to every other tour in Queenstown, canyoning is cheap. For around $200 you get a half day (If you do their full day tour it’s only $319) guided activity that involves a high level of safety and equipment. If you compare it to bungey jumping or skydiving it can be half the price and it lasts a lot longer! Don’t forget that you also get to take in some pretty spectacular views both in and around the canyon
After completing this tour both Bailey and I said it was the best we had done in Queenstown and maybe all of New Zealand! That’s not a lie and I would honestly love to try their full day tour next time!
The best part about us both loving it is our levels of comfort around both water and heights. Bailey is a lot more reserved around heights and the water but still had an amazing time. Heights don’t faze me and I am a fish in the water and also had an awesome time! I guess that means that it’s a great tour for couples, groups, or families who enjoy different levels of excitement!
I highly recommend this tour and am really confident you will also have an amazing time!
In Queenstown longer? Check out our other Queenstown posts here!
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