Safety Management System

The NZ Canyoning Association has implemented a Safety Management System which must be adhered to for all official NZCA activities. All leaders and participants must agree to follow the policies and guidance in the plan for official NZ Canyoning Association activities.

The SMS includes the following documents;

NZCA Official Activity Sheet

Before any official activity, the activity leader takes responsibility for filling out the ACTIVITY SHEET and giving it to a trusted contact person.

Official NZCA Activity Sheet V1.1

Bolting Code of Practice

In October 2017, the NZCA approved its first Bolting Code of Practice.  The document has been two years in the making, and distills the current guidance for how to ethically, legally and safely install anchors within Canyons in New Zealand.

The NZCA Bolting COP is the reference document for all amateur, recreational canyon bolting guidance in New Zealand.

Download the full NZCA NZCA Bolting Code of Practice v1.9 2017

Also available is a 7-page NZCA Bolting Code of Practice v1.9 2017_Summary

The Canyon Fund

The purpose of the fund is to support infrastructure in existing canyons and to encourage new canyoning opportunities.


To apply for funding, please complete the Canyon Fund Application Form

To view previously accepted applications, please click here (link not currently active)


Several discounts are available for projects which are supported by the Canyon Fund. Please contact the following organisations and mention the NZ Canyoning Association to receive the most up to date discounted prices.

Access Gear – discounted hangers, ring hangers and belay stations.

Ramset – discounted on the usual cash sales price of Ramset bolts.


Hunter Caddick
P. 03 365 9355
120 Montreal St, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023,  New Zealand


The NZ Canyoning Association raises funds on behalf of its members through events, donations, grants and other sources. Funds over those required for regular running of the NZ Canyoning Association can be made available to the Canyon Fund.

To donate to the fund, please use the PayPal button below

If you wish to donate materials, please click the button below to email us.

Planning SOP for Canyon SAR

Purpose and scope of this document

This purpose of this document is to help an Incident Management Team (IMT) plan a canyon Search and Rescue (SAR) operation. It focuses on gathering the right intelligence, in large part through discussions with a Canyon SAR Team Leader (i.e. canyoning expert).

This document does not describe how to carry out the technical aspects of a canyoning SAR operation, for example, the specific rope rescue techniques. These techniques may be added to the document later.

The procedures described in this document are not intended to be prescriptive, but to provide a general guide for rescuers to improve the efficiency and efficacy of the search. Where these procedures conflict with any NZ Police procedures, the NZ Police procedures take precedence.

View document here: Canyon SAR Planning SOP – v2 Nov2018