Dropping into canyons since 1994

Deep Canyon, Wanaka, have been running trips since 1994, the first in the country to do so.  Our guides are very experienced and easy to get on with, not to mention super-keen!

Our equipment and procedures are of the highest standard and our commitment to safety is absolute. This allows us to run maximum adventure/maximum fun trips in wild and fantastic situations. Our focus is strongly on personal satisfaction and good humour.

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Our guides are certified under the NZOIA* Canyon qualification framework [some guides may have further overseas based qualifications]. This is a New Zealand specific programme and Deep Canyon is actively involved in setting the standards for, and assessing on, the programme.

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Meet our Guides

Jon Alzibar

Coming from the Basque Country and with the Pyrinees as a second home, Jon has more than 15 years working in adventure sports.   Mountain guiding and canyoning are his passion and in the last 6 years working in these sports.   Jon is a IFMGA (UIAGM) registered guide, he practices rock climbing, mountain biking, caving, skiing…a non stop soul.

Bram van Hastenberg

Recently joined Deep Canyon as a junior guide who is following the NZOIA assessment process.


Annette Phillips

Annette is a CIC Level 2 Canyon guide who trained and guided with Deep Canyon over 10 years ago and has since travelled and guided in many parts of NZ.  


Dave Vass

Dave is the owner and has been since um, way back when it was the first and only canyoning company in NZ. Dave has tons of experience in ice, rock and mountain climbing, caving, river trips, rope access work, search and rescue and freediving.  Oh and of course canyoning in which he is a pioneer of the NZ canyoning scene with lots of exploring and first descents. He was also an assessor and developer of the NZOIA canyon guides programme.

Dave broke his neck a while back and now doesn’t do any of that stuff. He does however keep an eye on things and holds the title in the company of Figurehead. He is a member of the Otago Conservation Board, an advocate for recreational access to the great outdoors and has been busy writing a bunch of ripping yarns, check out his book “Not set in Stone”.

Ros Goulding

General Manager at Deep Canyon.   

With a B. Com from Otago University and a background in business and guiding, along with a wealth of recreational mountaineering, skiing, hiking and sailing.  Ros always looks forward to the challenges of managing Deep Canyon.