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All about the Kawarau Half Day Canyoning
Discover the thrill of canyoning during a guided half-day adventure in Kawaru. Scramble up rock faces, plunge into river gorges, and rappel down waterfalls under the tutelage of an experienced guide who offers tips and tricks during an intrepid outdoor excursion.
Get picked up from your Queenstown hotel and journey beyond the city limits. Your guide is an experienced professional who is happy to modify the tour to meet the needs of beginning through advanced athletes. Chat with your leader about your level of outdoor experience, and then take off, exploring the canyons near Kawaru Falls with a mixture of scrambling, climbing, swimming, jumping, and rappelling.
Along a picturesque bend in the Kawaru River, discover refreshing natural slides where you can cool off in the midday sun. Then, get outfitted with a harness and learn to rappel down an arid rocky canyon. Once you've mastered the art of taking small jumps to sail to the ground, try your hand at rappelling along a coursing waterfall surrounded by lush greenery.
Following your heart-pumping adventures, celebrate with your travel-mates. Soak in the sun's rejuvenating rays or indulge in an additional dip in the Kawaru River before enjoying an effortless return transfer to Queenstown.
Highlights of this trip include exciting & safe way to explore exquisite natural canyons, chance to learn how to rappel down crystal-clear waterfalls, discovery of rushing river gorges with secure rope and harness, opportunity to test your mettle in New Zealand's countryside plus our expert guide for support and guidance every step of the way.
Kawarau Half Day Canyoning Itinerary - days
Check in 15 minutes prior to your departure time of 9am or 1.30pm
Check in on lower Beach Street Queenstown, outside a restaurant called "Pub on Wharf"
We take a scenic 20 minute drive through wine country in the Gibbston Valley
Suit up and safety briefing
5-minute walk to the start of the canyon
Canyoning activities downstream (approximately 1 - 2 hours)
Transfer back to Queenstown
4 hours return trip
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
Children aged 9 and younger are not allowed.
You must have a reasonable level of fitness and be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain.
If you are pregnant or fear heights, you should not take part.
If you have back, neck, joint or muscular problems, you should carefully consider whether or not to participate.
You do not need previous canyoning experience.
Roundtrip transport is available from and to most centrally located Queenstown hotels. Please arrange pick-up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.
Please be ready and waiting in your hotel foyer 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.
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