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“First (but certainly not last) time canyoning”

Abel Tasman Canyons
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Abel Tasman Canyons provides exciting guided canyoning trips in the popular Abel Tasman National Parks, the wild and remote Kahurangi National Park and the more accessible Mt Richmond Forest Park. We take you to our stunning places and help you to take a step (or two) out of your comfort zone. Slide down water polished chutes, jump into crystal clear pools and abseil through showering waterfalls.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My girlfriend and I came out with Abel Tasman Canyoning (ATC) as a last-minute, impromptu trip on a day off from work. From our first contact over the phone, to our farewells at the end of a long day, the staff were exceptional. (In no particular order, sorry guys ;) 1 point each) Lana, who took our booking, was organised, polite and extremely helpful in getting this trip together for us. Adrian, Oscar and Jake were our guides, and made us feel like friends, not just customers.
We had an AWESOME day! The gear was nice and new and worked well, the food provided was satisfactory and the canyoning itself was just so much fun, we didn't want to stop. We ziplined, jumped, abseiled, slid and swam through the Torrent River canyon, and did it at a good pace. The water was cold at this time of year, but we still enjoyed it. There were 6 of us on the tour, and none of us had ever done it before, so we all learned together, but luckily for all of us, we were all of a good standard of fitness, so progress was efficient. I can imagine that with the smaller group sizes, the better. The only things that I would have preferred different were if there was even more canyoning (I know, but we just enjoyed it so much!) and a free shuttle available from Nelson (currently $15 each way, per person). I know that other Abel Tasman companies offer free shuttles from Nelson with their services, and with the fairly substantial price tags of these ATC tours, I think a free shuttle would have been nice, and would also assist the business in attracting more customers. All in all, this was a truly magnificent day out. We absolutely loved our induction into the world of canyoning, and will fondly remember this day out as a highlight of our time in New Zealand. We certainly look forward to doing it again in the future. Massive thanks again to the whole ATC and Aqua Taxi team, and all the best for the busy summer period!

Thank timonhowes
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Farout27, Front Office Manager at Abel Tasman Canyons, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much Timon for this AMAZING review. We just love introducing people to the world of canyoning and are so stoked that you guys thoroughly enjoyed it and that all our staff helped create a great experience for you. Thank you for the feedback regarding the shuttle service. We do offer a free pickup service for the areas around Motueka and Marahau but unfortunately as much as we would LOVE to be able to offer a free pickup service from Nelson it's just not possible at this stage. Maybe in the future this will be a possibility. :)

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Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

We have been "canyoneering" in the states, so we thought we would trying canyoning in NZ, and we are SO glad we did! This was seriously the most fun day, and our guide Oscar was amazing! If you're going to splurge on something in Abel Tasman, do this!

Thank alwayswandering20019
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Farout27, Front Office Manager at Abel Tasman Canyons, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for this awesome review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your day out with Oscar, seeing a part of the Abel Tasman that not many visitors see :)

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Reviewed 22 June 2018

We went on the our with Toine and the team early in the season. From the moment we arrived we were treated by a true bunch of professionals. Fun trip, excellent safety and really easy for just about anybody to do. Awesome day out!! Thanks team.

Thank MoanaNZSUP
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AbelTasmanCanyons, Owner at Abel Tasman Canyons, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2018

Ahhh, thanks so much MoanaNZSup team! That is really cool to hear especially from customer service experts like yourselfs! Chur!!!

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Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

This was one of the highlights of our trip, our guides, Pete and Oscar were amazing! They really made you feel comfortable in a sometimes uncomfortable (to you) part of the canyoning experience. Would definitely do it again!

Thank David S
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AbelTasmanCanyons, Owner at Abel Tasman Canyons, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2018

Thank David! You were guided by two legends. Well done for taking on the challenges!

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Reviewed 4 May 2018

We went on the Torrent River adventure and it was an absolute blast - worth every penny. The thrilling day was full of swimming, great jumps, slides, ziplines and abseiling down the canyon. Our wonderful guides Oscar and Juri were also the perfect balance of friend and leader as they showed us how to complete the challenges which really made the trip.

Thank Crispforest
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AbelTasmanCanyons, Owner at Abel Tasman Canyons, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2018

Thank you so much for a great review!

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