Meet the guides
Wayne Darlington - Weno
When Wayne is not guiding he teaches Rope Rescue skills along with Outdoor First Aid. He is an Outdoor Assessor and is qualified in Industrial Rope Work as well as Adventure Guiding & Instructing.
Russell Hodgson - Russ
Russ has a natural ability to effectively reassure the less adventurous... and find challenges for the more confident thrill seekers.
He is pleased to say he loves 'going to work'; not that playing in a canyon all day can be considered "work!" In his spare time Russ can be found mountain biking, wakeboarding, or somewhere outdoors, often accompanied by his wife.
Russ has qualifications in Rope Access, Rescue, and Outdoor Assessment. With NZQA, IRAANZ and NZOIA quals to his name, you know you are safe with Russ.
Teri Brown - 'T'
Teri or T joins the team with over a decade of guiding experience. After working together since 1999 in the world of Cave Guiding and Adventuring T has been a key part in Canyonz after guiding with us since we took over in 2012. She has an infectious laugh and smile and will frequently have the whole crew laughing without even knowing what they are laughing at!
Teri is currently studying Te Reo Maori (Maori language) at Te Wananga o Aotearoa learning institution in Kirikiriroa Hamilton and she loves getting into the canyon whenever she can.
Be warned... she is a hugger!
Ryan Malcolm - Ry
Skilled in white water, on rock faces and in the bush with NZOIA qualifications to match, Ryan is a great all-rounder. He loves to deliver information to us all about the flora and fauna we'd otherwise walk past with out too much thought.
Having worked with Anna since 2004 in Vertical guiding circles we trust and love Anna – Her ‘Gladness’ is infectious and her love of canyoning and the outdoors is clear to see. With a history of Cave Guiding in Waitomo for 9 years before working with our mates at Deep Canyons in Wanaka (a great company by the way) we're stoked to have her back up north. When she's not playing in the Canyon she's been hanging out at local beaches with her man J-rad and her lovely little lady Eva!
Anna holds current NZOIA Canyoning qualifications as well as a raft of NZQA Certs in Vertical Cave guiding and instruction.
Alex – After five back to back winters Ski Patrolling between here in Aotearoa and the northern hemisphere (Canada) we’re stoked he’s opted to hang around for a summer (or three) and stoked he’s chosen to spend time in the canyon with us showing clients the time of their lives! With a background in rescue and technical rope work it’s great to know if anything did ever go wrong you’re in safe hands with Alex.