On your vacation participate in a unique wilderness experience at Piha Canyon in the Waitakere Park Ranges on New Zealand’s North Island.
Just a 45 minutes drive from Auckland, the Waitakere Ranges Parklands offer a dense subtropical rain forest rimmed by wild black sand surf beaches and topped by dominating Kauri trees. This is the setting for your Canyoning Adventure.
On arrival at Piha Beach, you’ll suit up into your equipment and complete an abseil practice and safety talk. Then after a thirty-minute informative native bush walk to the canyon you will begin an exploration through a scenic and interesting canyon.
Have a blast at Piha Canyon, as you repel (abseiling in NZ English) down showering waterfalls surrounded by moss and fern covered volcanic rock walls, swimming through tranquil pools of blues and green. Jumps, caves, and slides will be your means as you explore the canyon. You will also see the remains of the original pioneers’ wood constructed logging dam and learn about the local history and Maori culture.
Finding a nice spot for a break, your group will enjoy snacks with refreshments as you relax in the unique surroundings and canyon flora. From the end of the canyon there is a 10-minute walk back to the bus where you’ll change out of the canyoning equipment. Changing rooms and toilets available.
Afterwards you’ll head down to the beach and enjoy the warmth of hot sand on your feet, cool refreshments and the pleasant sound of your canyoning companions as they relax after a great day.
Almost all obstacles are optional; this means you can choose their level of adventure. The canyon stream is a gentle low volume stream that consists of pools of water and is not a fast flowing stream. The trip is suitable for first timers; no previous experience is needed. An average level of fitness is ideal and a sense of adventure.
Daily, except for Christmas Day (December 25). Departure times vary seasonally, but allow 5.5 hours.
– Inner city transfers
– Snack and refreshments
– 1.5 Hours of canyoning
– All equipment (full-length wetsuits, harness, helmet, and lifejackets)
Need to Know
Minimum age of 10 years required for this tour. People under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, who must co-sign the disclaimer form on the day of the trip. Minimum weight requirement is 77lbs and maximum 264lbs. Minumum of 4 guests required for this tour. You will need sporty footwear (running shoes or trekking boots) and something to wear under your wetsuit (swimsuit or shorts etc). Both these items will get wet so make sure you have spare clothes and shoes for the way home. This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form.