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This blog is your complete guide to canyoning in Queenstown including what you should know before you go, what is all involved, which company to choose, what we loved, and more!
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 in Queenstown.
I had been canyoning twice before 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 made as it was so much better than my two previous experiences – so much fun!
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 as well as a review of the company that we chose and loved!
But first…What is “Canyoning” exactly?
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 should try Canyoning in Queenstown?
Canyoning is in no way only for the adrenaline junkie. On our tour canyoning in Queenstown, there were people from all walks of life that all seemed to have a great time!
Every descent is guided by professionals and they offer alternative 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’re after an adrenaline rush, you will be sure to get it!
The experience is easily tailored to all levels of adventure-seekers!
What do you need to bring for Canyoning in Queenstown?
On the tour we joined, nothing! From head to toe, everything is supplied! Just wear swim shorts/swimsuit for under your wet suit and bring a towel!
The Queenstown Canyoning Company we Chose
Canyon Explorers is the tour company we chose for our canyoning experience in Queenstown and we have nothing but positive things to say about these guys!
The staff are professional, the equipment was top-notch, and the tour was a blast!
We couldn’t recommend this canyoning tour more – you will love it!
We also joined Canyon Explorers on their Via Ferrata climbing tour – which was equally as fun! Read all about our time with them trying out Via Ferrata in Queenstown for our very first time!
What I loved most 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 of activities!
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 gorges; zip lines to abseil, lots of jumps, and of course abseiling.
This huge variety kept everyone really engaged with the tour and at no point did we know what to expect was coming next!
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 Canyon Explorers 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 experience (if you do their full-day tour it’s only $319!) It’s a guided activity that involves a high level of safety and equipment. If you compare it to bungy jumping or skydiving it can be half the price and lasts a lot longer!
Don’t forget, you also get to take in some pretty spectacular views both in and around the canyon
My Overall Review & Opinion about a Canyoning tour in Queenstown
After completing this tour, both Bailey and I said it was one of the best tours 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 that we have very different levels of comfort around water and dealing with heights. Bailey is a lot more nervous when it comes to heights and in the water but still had an amazing time! Heights don’t faze me and I am a fish in the water, but I 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!
Some other Great Things to do in Queenstown if you LOVE Adventure
They don’t call Queenstown the “adventure capital of New Zealand” for no reason – there is a HUGE range of things to do for anyone looking for a bit of excitement!
If you’re going to Queenstown for some fun tours and activities, don’t just stop at canyoning, some other great experiences are:
- Bungy Jumping – the tallest bungy jump in all of New Zealand is right in Queenstown!
- Heli-hike – the only thing better than hiking is hiking on the side of a mountain where a helicopter dropped you off!
- Skydiving – The most extreme thing you can do is jump out of an airplane!
- Ride the Luge – This is another fun activity suitable for all ages. Not only is it as exciting as you want it to be, but the views along the ride are spectacular!
- Via Ferrata – this is rock climbing for those with no experience. Feel safe, climb higher, and get better views!
- Whitewater rafting – the ultimate water activity!
A Little Bit More About Queenstown for Visitors
We feel so extremely lucky to have called Queenstown “home” for seven months. And in that time, we got to know this amazing town better than most!
We have a ton of insider info on the best things to do in Queenstown as well as tips on how to have the best time possible. Check out our complete guide to visiting Queenstown, New Zealand!
Check out some of our other blogs about Queenstown:
- The BEST Queenstown Wineries
- Complete Guide to Winter and Skiing in Queenstown
- Where to Stay in Queenstown: The Best Hotels and Hostels for all budgets
- The 11 Most Instagramable Spots in Queenstown
- The Best Bars in Queenstown