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Shotover Canyon Swing


Creators, Hamish Emerson and Chris Russell, both passionate rock climbers spent their days in search of the perfect place to fix a rope to a cliff and swing out from the rock face. Sometimes these missions were carried out under the cover of darkness, avoiding authorities and using unusual methods of delivery.

Needless to say the methods have changed somewhat after many days of designing, engineering and testing a unique purpose built structure that was a world first! After 8 months of construction and hours of back breaking labour the Canyon Swing officially opened on the 2nd December 2002.

Over 10 years in operation the creative, free spirited and dare devil beginnings live on through the companies' quirky, fun and entertaining character, whose essence oozes individuality. Canyon Swing’s energy is at the heart of the adventure!


Safety is paramount and despite the incredibly relaxed nature of the Canyon Swing team, their commitment to providing an exceptionally safe experience is at the forefront of operations.

The swing, its ropes, attachments, harnesses and safety devices are inspected on a daily basis and regularly maintained and upgraded to provide you with an extremely safe and professional environment.

The Canyon Swing is registered and approved by the Department of Labour (under O.S.H.), is independently audited by the Bureau De Veritas and has a permit to operate by the Queenstown Lakes District Council.