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This is truly Canyoning, NZ style! Perhaps the biggest, most exciting and challenging adventure activity in New Zealand, located near Thames in the dramatic Kauaeranga valley on the Coromandel Peninsula.
It is an adventure of a lifetime and is something unforgettable.
The Sleeping God canyon tour is a vertical descent of over three hundred metres down a steep set of waterfalls involving abseils/rappels of up to 80 metres, exhilarating water slides and jumps as high as 14 metres into deep dark pools which are guaranteed to thrill the most intrepid explorer!

You will be challenged to do things that you may have never believed you would ever do, however, this does have the consequence of a positively mind blowing and unforgettable day out!

With professional canyoning guides and small groups, this is the ultimate canyoning experience and it doesn’t get any better than this! The tour is aimed at people with a real taste for adventure and a good level of fitness (comparable to a day of hiking). Big jumps are optional, abseils/rappels are not.

The Journey

The journey starts at the bottom of the valley floor with a brief korero (talk) about the area history, including the pre-european and kauri logging history. Then the hikoi (walk) begins as we ascend to the top of the river and into the top of the canyon where the views are grand and the experience of what you are about to do finally hits you! We then put our gear on and start the descent after receiving safety instructions, an abseiling lesson and a traditional karakia (prayer) before dropping over the first 30 metre waterfall.

Full Day Canyoning Tour

8 Hours

$999 NZD

Sleeping God Canyon tour with waterfalls, abseiling, lunch & snacks in Coromandel

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Important Information
  • Participants must be moderately fit eg: be able to go bush walking or skiing for a day.
  • trips depart Thames at 8am in winter and 8:30am in summer with groups normally returning between 5:30pm and 7pm
  • bring a water bottle, sunscreen, swim-wear, a towel and something warm to put on afterwards.
  • minimum age is 15 years
  • you should book your canyoning trip at least 24 hours in advance
  • No prior experience is needed
  • Strong swimming ability is not critical however being confident in deep water is

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