Types of festival activities

The purpose of the Festival is to encourage development of the canyoning community, through fostering of new friendships and exchange of knowledge among the participants.

Everyone is encouraged to stay behind after the official events of the festival are over, to go on more canyoning trips with new friends made at the festival.

We hope to cater for the greatest variety of participants, from those brand new to the sport, through to experts.

The number of organised activities we can offer will completely depend on the volunteers we get, so please come prepared to do your own independent canyoning if demand exceeds the available places on organised events.


Hosted canyoning trips

There will be limited spaces available for trips lead by experienced New Zealand canyoners into some of our easier, more popular canyons. These trips will be run by volunteers and have strict size limits.

These trips are NOT guided trips.  They are for experienced canyoners who have their own equipment and sufficient canyoning skill to take responsibility for their own safety.  Festival organisers will be working closely with participants and trip leaders to make sure that people with insufficient experience go on the professionally guided trips instead.

All participants must follow the NZ Canyoning Association Safety Management Plan. Trip leaders will retain the right to refuse the participation of anyone who does not have the right equipment, sufficient fitness or skill for the trip, before or during the activity. This is for everyone’s safety; individuals must realize that their safety is their own responsibility.

Details of the hosted trips on offer will be provided in the Program spreadsheet in early 2018.


Independent canyoning

Attendees will be encouraged to socialise and arrange their own private trips to canyons in the region.  To avoid congestion in the canyon, trip leaders and festival organisers will endeavor to de-congest canyons and start times of independant groups at the morning briefing sessions.


Technical canyoning workshops

We hope to offer a number of technical canyoning workshops.  These will be run by volunteer instructors and held in a variety of locations around the region (both in and out of the canyons).  Workshop spaces will be strictly limited.  Workshops will be timed so that participants can choose to do a canyon before or after the workshop.


Canyon SAREX

LandSAR NZ is pleased to partner with the NZ Canyoning Association to run a Canyon SAREX immediately prior to the festival. It is invite only, but if you have previous canyoning search and rescue experience and wish to attend please email us.


Guided canyoning trips

There is one guiding company in the Nelson area, Abel Tasman Canyons. It offers guided trips to  who offer to canyons in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Guided trips are appropriate for those who are new to the sport, or want to give canyoning a go. The trips will help participants start to develop basic canyon skills. These can form the foundation skills needed to take responsibility for yourself as a following member of a recreational group in easier canyons.

The New Zealand Canyoning School, which is affiliated with Abel Tasman Canyons, offers courses to improve your canyoning skills.


Evening functions

Held in the Lake Rotoiti Community Hall, we will host an evening function on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from 7pm. The Friday night is just an informal get together. The Saturday and Sunday nights will be slightly more formal, with presentations, prizes, and maybe even some competitions.

There will NOT be any food or drink made available, so please bring your own drinks (alcoholic drinks are allowed) and either eat beforehand or bring takeaways.

There will be spot prizes drawn from the list of all registered participants. There will be a raffle ($2 tickets, sold from the bar) for a significant prize pool of canyoning items.


Many of our festival partners will be present at the evening function, with services and products to see and buy.