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Big Rock Adventures

Geraldine, New Zealand
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About Big Rock Adventures
Canyoning with Big Rock Adventures embraces the ideals of participating in your own adventure. We take care of the safety and put you out there onto the edge of a waterfall... once you're there, take a calming breath… then, you can either abseil, slide, zipline or just jump off of it!
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AKais wrote a review Feb. 2020
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Had an excellent trip to the Kaumira canyon with Koryn - everything was super professional from start to finish. The day is varied with a mix of jumps, abseils, ziplines and slides, and even a quad bike ride to get you to the start. Koryn was a great guide, giving us clear guidance with good humour so that we always felt 100% confident, even though it was our first time canyoning. The included lunch and highlights video were added bonuses. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from BigRockKoryn, Owner at Big Rock Adventures
Responded Feb. 26, 2020
Thank you Antione for sharing your memories about canyoning in Kaumira canyon. It would be great to see you again on one of our Expedition trips now that you are a fully trained.. Bring your fitness though, the other trips don't have that 4WD ride to the top... you'll have to earn it from now on ;-). Thanks again for joining us!!
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KirstySky wrote a review Feb. 2020
Queenstown, New Zealand16 contributions1 helpful vote
Had an amazing day canyoning out of Geraldine with Koryn. He's an excellent and very experienced guide meaning he's able to quickly figure out your level of comfort/experience and then tailors the trip/his approach to suit. We are both outdoorsy types, having done plenty of cool wilderness stuff and this was right up there with one of our best days out. Plenty of variety meant the thrills just kept on coming - the day was a joy right from the start with a "classic kiwi" ride on the back of the farmers vehicle to get access to the put in point, Koryn's attention to safety while still being relaxed so you get to enjoy yourself, right through to the food and beverages provided as part of the trip. Just do it - you won't be disappointed!!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from BigRockKoryn, Owner at Big Rock Adventures
Responded Feb. 23, 2020
Hi Kirsty! Thanks for taking the time to give others an insight into what a day in Kaumira canyon is like. Hopefully we can take you into one of our expedition canyons next time you are passing through... no ride to the top though... you'll have to earn the height next time ;-). Thanks once again for the awesome review and til next time!!
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Elizabeth T wrote a review Jan. 2020
Greater London, United Kingdom39 contributions18 helpful votes
So glad I came to Christchurch as the canyoning trip was awesome. So many great jumps and brilliant abseiling spots. The owner, Koryn, has set up some innovative and interesting ways to get down the waterfalls which makes it even more exciting, never knowing what is coming next! Koryn and our guide Luke were both so friendly and knowledgable. Luke had us jumping off edges of heights up to 10m and abseiling down a huge waterfall. Plus some zip lines, slides, forwards abseiling and even dropping from the zip line, always making sure we were safe in the process. It’s well worth the visit if you want an adventure! Thanks Koryn and Luke :)
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Koryn G, Owner at Big Rock Adventures
Responded Jan. 24, 2020
Thanks Elizabeth and Robbie for joining us! Variety being one of life's spices... we enjoy knowing our canyons have plenty of it! Keep on jumping... and thanks again for joining us! Koryn and Luke
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Tessa S wrote a review Jan. 2020
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A fear of water (although I have learned to swim confidently given I live in NZ - a country surrounded by water) and a fear of being cold have always been a thing for me. One thing I have never lacked is courage...throw a challenge at me and I’ll say yes and think later. I knew what I had signed up for, the 8hour Kaumira Canyon, but I didn’t really think too hard about it in case I decided to chicken out of the 5 hours of cold water, jumping off and sliding down waterfalls. The result of my courage and trust in Koryn and Dick was a smile that stretched ear to ear for most of the day, with the occasional scream and thought of WTF am I about to do (think of the coyote from the road runner cartoon when he realised he was about to fall). It was honestly the best day I have had in a few years and right up there with sky diving, bridge swinging, tough mudder etc. Right from when we walked up to introduce ourselves and were informed it was a going to be a personal tour for the 2 of us that I had booked for (seriously how often do you come across tours that allow you and friends of similar fitness to go at the pace you want rather than waiting around for others) I felt safe and felt like I had a name rather than ‘a number’. Shoes, super thick wetsuits (yes dual), booties, head warmer, gloves, life jacket, helmet and thermal tops (provided by Koryn) were all checked for size and packed into my gear box. My fear of getting cold was instantly removed! My fear of water was kept at bay through constantly giving me clear instructions on how to land and where to land. The beginning ‘tests’ gave me confidence that all my gear would pop me straight up to the surface without thinking. All I needed to do was hold my breath when I hit the water and smile when I surfaced. Honestly, the background and the skills of the business owner, Koryn, and his guide, Dick, was super impressive!! They not only have the guiding qualifications but are highly trained in Search And Rescue too. They are OCD in their Health and Safety, but that has actually increased the fun aspect! The gear was constantly being checked and never assumed that because it worked last time that it would be fine this time round. Professionalism plus to be able to see this taking place. Koryn has worked hard to create an amazing adrenaline adventure through his lifetime of networks in a small community. He has obviously created it to share his passion of canyoning so everyone can experience the serenity, scenery and fun of a sport that shows a whole new perspective of the world that had him hooked from when he first tired it. I often sat on the rocks and was in awe of the environment around me. I’ll be having another adventure with Koryn in the near future and I’m even considering taking a 2 day course with him so I can start to learn how I can do it myself without a guide. The lunch and snacks were awesome too. If you are thinking about it, stop thinking and just do it. You won’t regret the smile and memories! Thanks team Big Rock Adventures!!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Koryn G, Owner at Big Rock Adventures
Responded Jan. 24, 2020
Thank you for such a glowing and detailed review! It's just great that you picked up on so much detail and how much effort we put into the experiences we want to give... well spotted and thank you once again for joining us in Kaumira :-)
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kathyj27 wrote a review Apr. 2019
Lancaster44 contributions4 helpful votes
I had an adrenaline-filled afternoon with Big Rock Adventures canyoning at Glentui Canyon. Following some safety training, we hit the adventure straight on by abseiling down a waterfall and star jumping off the end of the rope into the water. We followed the gorge using the natural curves in the rocks by the river as slides, jumped off overhangs into the pools below. We even ziplined off a waterfall. Luke, our guide was very knowledgable and great fun to be around. He made the experience fun and interactive as well as safe. And best of all we had a great treat at the end of the trek after we had the chance to get a warm shower and into a change of clothes to re-energise us.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from Koryn G, Owner at Big Rock Adventures
Responded Apr. 8, 2019
Thanks very much for your review Kathy. It’s always great to get such feedback from seasoned travelers such as yourself! Hopefully we can get you into Kaumira canyon next time! Enjoy the rest of your time here in NZ!
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