Meet the Team

Deep Canyon GuidesOur 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 the programme.

Most of our guides are also qualified and experienced in other related outdoor activities.

Guide with us Deep Canyon Employment Application Form 18-19

*New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association
NZOIA Outdoor Intructors Association, NZ

Guides: Jeremy, Sandra, Owen, Mike & Sara



Jeremy has been working and playing in the outdoors for the last 19 years, as a sea kayak guide, adventure therapist and alpine elevation technician. When not in a canyon Jeremy loves snowboarding, mountain biking, white water and sea kayaking, and is always up for an adventure! Jeremy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Adventure Recreation & Outdoor Education. He’s a qualified Canyon Guide with the NZOIA Level One Canyon Award.  He loves to share adventures with people of all ages & walks of life in the outdoors. This is his fourth season with Deep Canyon.


Sandra lives to be in the mountains and loves sharing the beauty and history that lies within them. She comes to us after spending the last 4 years travelling, working, climbing and canyoning in Chile, Peru, Equador, Utah, Italy and opening new canyons in Costa Rica.

With a vast work history including being a swimming instructor and working in a mountain rescue team, combined with her passions for climbing, white-water kayaking and rafting, she is up for every challenge we can throw at her.




Owen returns to us for another season in between guiding seasons in Switzerland, where he leads canyon and rafting tours. Originally from Manawatu on New Zealand’s North Island, Owen grew up on a dairy farm, where he fine-tuned his laid-back personality and humor, as well as his taste for country music. Owen was drawn to Wanaka because the place is like a “lolly shop for the outdoors,” a million opportunities to get outside and play. When he’s not guiding, he’s still canyoning for the love of it, as well as kayaking, paragliding, or rafting! Fun fact: Owen has worked on every continent except Antarctica. It’s only a matter of time before there’s canyoning there, right?


Mike is a semi-local hailing from the Deep South of New Zealand. He’s spent many years adventuring around the Wanaka/Queenstown area but has spent the last few years in the North Island working as an outdoor instructor at an adventure school and a cave guide. In his spare time Mike loves to be in and around the water in his white water kayak or rock climbing, including some pretty epic climbing trips to Thailand.

This mix of whitewater and rock climbing/rope work is what drew him to the sport of canyoning, which he thinks is a beautiful love child of both sports!




Dave V

Dave is the owner and has been since starting the company um, way back – when it was the first and only one. Dave has tons of recreational and professional experience in ice, rock and mountain climbing, caving, river trips, rope access work, search and rescue and a few other things. More recently it’s been 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 is an assessor on the NZOIA canyon guides programme.  Dave is currently taking a back seat from guiding but is acting as a knowledge bank for Deep Canyon guides and staff.

Ros 30m rap-2


The shadowy figure behind the scenes, without whom things would – well who knows what anarchy would reign at Deep Canyon without Ros! Having moved on from guiding, Ros is now the brains of the operation – the wonder-woman of the show. All hail Ros!



Originally from a part of Australia that’s flat, dry and brown, Nisse discovered mountains and ran away overseas to manage a hostel and spend 4 winters snowboarding in Japan. In between snow adventures she traveled and work around the world. She even ended up in a Bollywood movie in India!

Now that she’s settled here in Wanaka, she’s the lady behind the desk, helping you to get the coolest canyon experiences New Zealand has to offer.