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 20 years ago. Cam has completed his NZOIA Canyon 2 qualification. When not in the canyon Cam can usually be found with his family, or out involved with Landsar (Search and rescue).



An experienced canyon guide with multiple seasons guiding in Auckland and Coromandel since 2009. Elise is passionate about the outdoors including many years of rock climbing, white water kayaking and surfing. Elise holds her NZOIA Canyon 1. An excellent guide that will look after and entertain you. Now also a proud mama of two!

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He spends a unhealthy amount of time in a kayak – normally fairly vertical. Jade joined the team almost to the day that the ranges were closed for Kauri dieback, next came Covid 19. Through it all he has stuck by us and is not to far away form his NZOIA assessment. He is now shaping up to be a competent and capable guide that we love having in the team.



Wise beyond his years from a life on the road with his father engineering around the globe. Euan is originally from somewhere far north (Scotland i think they call it), but now lives in New Zealand. Euan has guided with us for five years now, learning his canyon guiding skills while he studied a Outdoor Adventure diploma and Unitech. Recently switching industries we will now see Euan for the occasional weekend canyon mission!

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

We follow strict risk management guidelines – Instructors and management are fully qualified and experienced. After 20 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.