Guides

Cam

AWOL is based in Auckland and running canyoning trips to the Waitakere Rainforest 40 minutes from central Auckland.

Cam spent 10 years travelling the world; Working as a dive master, rafting and canyoning guide in Queenstown, Zimbabwe, Nepal, Switzerland and Thailand before returning home and setting up AWOL Adventures 16 years ago. Cam has completed his NZOIA Canyon 2 qualification. When not in the canyon Cam can usually be found with a fishing rod in his hand, and more recently has become involved with Landsar (Search and rescue).

Javier

All the way from Chile, Javier is an experienced canyoning guide. Originally trained as a mountaineer in Chile, he has worked guiding horse treks in the Andes, as well as glacier guiding in New Zealand’s south island. This will be his sixth season as a canyon guide in New Zealand.

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Conor

With a diploma in Adventure Tourism and Management and now two seasons  guiding with us in the Piha and Blue canyon Conor is the young guy in the team! A local West Aucklander with a love of the outdoors. Guiding for us over summer and working in Italy over our winter – I hope some of their culture rubs off on him!

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Shanan

A professional fire fighter with a love for canyoning. Never missing a opportunity to explore new canyons or learn more about the art of canyoning. Shanan is an easy going guy with a easy smile to match. Also a member of the SAR cave rescue team in Auckland as well as having his NZOIA Canyon 1.

Steve

Steve guided in the canyon for one season, now back home in England he maintains our website for us!


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Elise

An experienced canyon guide with several seasons guiding in Auckland and Coromandel. Elise is passionate about the outdoors including many years of rock climbing, white water kayaking and surfing. Her skills and enthusiasm have got her positions on a adventure trust and managing rock climbing gyms. Elise holds her NZOIA Canyon 1.


We follow strict risk management guidelines – Instructors and management are fully qualified and experienced. After fourteen years operating in the Piha Canyon we can offer an excellent local knowledge and understanding of the Waitakere Ranges. AWOL Adventures is an Auckland Council Licensed Operator – The resources we use are carefully chosen, managed and monitored. Our trips blend fun with adventure and education.