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Routeburn Explorer

  • Hike the famous Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand's Seven Great Walks
  • Rappel, climb, and swim in the canyons of Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • All safety equipment and instruction included
Routeburn Explorer
From $223.86
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Routeburn Explorer
From $223.86
Combine hiking on the famous Routeburn Track with a canyoning adventure in Mt. Aspiring National Park on a single active tour from Queenstown. Hike along the Routeburn Track while a guide points out the endemic flora and fauna, then reach the canyonlands, where you will rappel and swim through the caves, canyons, and pools. Refuel with a picnic lunch to wind up your strenuous tour.
What to Expect
Check in at the Adventure Centre, right in the heart of Queenstown at least 15-minutes prior to departure. Lockers are available for use to secure your belongings during your trip. Your guide for the day will then give you a short trip briefing all necessary paperwork will be completed, then you’ll be ready to begin your adventure!
Drive for approximately 15-minutes to the purpose built operations base where you will be fitted out in a wetsuit, booties, a helmet and all necessary safety equipment including harnesses.
You will then begin a spectacular 40-minute drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, into the Routeburn Valley, Mount Aspiring National Park. Once you are geared up at the Routeburn Hut, you'll set off on a 25-minute hike along the world famous Routeburn Track. Then it’s time for some hard out adventure.
Once everyone is ready the trip leader will give an in-depth safety briefing and explain about the canyon. You will then embark on a 2.5 to 3-hour decent of the canyon. A number of Lord of the Rings scenes were filmed in this cave, so fans might recognise a few spots!
As you start your descent through the canyon, you’ll be abseiling, leaping off rock ledges into foaming pools, and swimming/sliding down the canyon stream. After your canyoning experience you will be provided a full picnic lunch to enjoy in the beautiful setting.
This canyon is suited to people that have a good level of fitness, high water confidence and a real sense of adventure! The minimum age is 15, and children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Reviews (13)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This trip was so much more then I expected! I was thinking of walking down a river but I was so excited when we zip lined, abseiled, jumped, swam, climbed and fell through the most gorgeous nature. The guides were amazing. Turns out I’m not...More

Thank estheranntripp
CanyoningQT, Front line Sales at Canyoning Queenstown, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to give us a review. I will pass on your kind words to Pete, I'm sure he will be very happy to hear them. We are really glad that you had a great time Canyoning with us!...More

Reviewed November 7, 2018
Incredible Adventure!

The Routeburn Explorer is a great full day tour that takes you into the canyon and tests your sense of adventure in the water. The tour includes plenty of jumps, abseils and cambering over rocks. You do need to be confident in the water and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AbbieW173
CanyoningQT, Front line sales at Canyoning Queenstown, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

HI Abbie, Thank you so much for your lovely review!! It is awesome to hear such positive feedback. Kaden, Mike and Shane will be so happy to hear your kind words. I am so happy that you had such an enjoyable trip and we would...More

Reviewed October 30, 2018
Best Activity and Company in Queenstown

Have been a local for many years now and have been on most of the tours and activities in Queenstown and I can 100% recommend these guys as the best activity in around. I've tried all of the canyon companies around the area and as...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GeordieManners
CanyoningQT, Front line sales at Canyoning Queenstown, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Hi there, Thank you so much for your lovely review! I am so glad to hear all your positive feedback. Our guides pride themselves in safety and fun so it is great that you felt the same way. The Routeburn truly is a stunning environment...More

Reviewed October 30, 2018
Awesome Trip!

I had an absolutely brilliant time out doing the Routeburn canyon, I wasn't sure if I was going to be a bit nervous, but the guides were brilliant! We had Kayden, Shane and Mike. They made me feel really safe and I had an awesome...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rosiecrowder
CanyoningQT, Front line sales at Canyoning Queenstown, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Hi Rosie, Thank you so much for your lovely review! I will pass your kind words on to Kaden, Shane and Mike. Hope to see you again soon. Rebecca (on behalf of the Canyoning Queenstown team)

Reviewed February 8, 2018 via mobile

What a brilliant day! A massive shoutout and thank you to Hitoshi and Seb. They made the adventure more than just canyoning. The small group made the experience a personal one and the guides made us feel so comfortable, safe and confident. The walk to...More

Thank Sinéad C
CanyoningQT, Front Office Manager at Canyoning Queenstown, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2018

Good morning Sinead, Thanks for your review! Glad that the boys were able to find your GoPro - always fun to go fishing while canyoning! :) Will pass on your comments to Hitoshi and Seb, I'm sure they'll be stoked about that. Safe travels, Charlotte...More

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