Earnslaw Canyoning Adventure with Helicopter Ride

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Duration: 10h
Location: Mount Aspiring National Park, Mt. Ernslaw, 9382, New Zealand | Mt. Ernslaw, New Zealand

Category: Adventures

A day of R18-grade canyoning at Mount Earnslaw
A helicopter ride over Skippers Canyon & the Shotover River
Between 15-20 rappels of varying lengths to choose from
Professional & highly-qualified local canyoning guides
Intimate group of 4 or less people

Guided canyoning tour of Earnslaw Canyon
Helicopter ride to Mount Earnslaw
Safety briefing and demonstration
Safety equipment rental
Roundtrip transportation to and from your central Queenstown hotel


Embark on your day of adventure, packed with epic canyoning, stunning scenery, and a helicopter ride. Your adrenalin starts pumping the minute you board the helicopter for your 20-minute ride from Queenstown to Mount Earnslaw, a remote canyon in an unspoiled rainforest on New Zealand’s South Island.

From your seat, enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Skippers Canyon, along the Shotover River, and down Rees Valley before landing in Mount Aspiring National Park.

Once you've landed on the mountain helicopter summit, your guide leads you to the canyon. When you arrive, be sure to ask them about the origin of the nickname “the Big Daddy of Canyoning”—although one look at the sweeping rock wall quickly gives you the answer.

Delight in your skill as you jump, slip, slide, and rappel almost 3,940 feet (1,200-m)—including a 1,640-foot (500-m) vertical stretch—before hitting the water. With 15-20 rappels for you to choose from, the canyon is classified R18, meaning there's one or more natural risk factors that could complicate—or exhilarate—your ride down.

Once inside the canyon, there’s no going back—lose your sense of time and place as you test your endurance. You're surrounded by cascading waterfalls and streams, moss-covered rock faces, and even make-shift fallen branch bridges before reaching the deep pool of water at the bottom.

After a full-day of high adrenaline coupled with pristine natural beauty, sit back for a well-deserved take a breaking ride back to Queenstown.

Cancellation Policy: 72 hours
Know before you book: You must be 18 or older., You must be in good physical condition without fear of water., You should have sufficient travel, injury, sickness, and accident (including sporting accidents) insurance., At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place., Maximum group size is 4 people., You need to have previous abseiling experience., Please call ahead to make arrangements directly with Canyoning.co.nz as this tour is weather dependent.

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