Find your wings, fly like a bird and zoom through the treetops before a swooping 21m drop – welcome to the latest eco-thrill from Queenstown tourism company Ziptrek Ecotours.
The multi-award-winning company is taking the thrill factor to the next level with its Kereru 2-line + Drop Tour.
The new tour is in addition to its four-line and six-line Moa and Kea tours, and for those not in the know is named after New Zealand’s iconic (and somewhat large) native wood pigeon.
The Kereru is known for the distinctive sound of its wing beats in flight, precarious landings on branches, and is somewhat famous for getting drunk on berries and dropping out of trees, which inspired the Ziptrek team to name the tour after the Kereru (pronounced ‘care-re-roo’).
The tour is a whole new way to experience Queenstown for those looking for a heightened thrill level of a unique adventure in the shortest amount of time. It includes two existing ziplines through the trees and a 21m drop to the forest floor.
As part of the tour, passionate guides tell the fascinating conservation story of Zealandia’s creation and Ziptrek’s role in the preservation of the natural landscape, removal of invasive species and protection of native wildlife, fauna and flora.
Ziptreck is giving you the opportunity to find your ‘wings’ and finish with a swooping drop that leaves you fledgeling no more.
“Having said that, we’re not short-changing them on the fun and adrenalin factor! It’s pretty challenging standing on the launch platform, about to step off before the big drop, even though you know you’re fully harnessed and the fear factor is all in your head!”
The new tour costs just $95 and is available from February 1 2018 (bookings commence soon by phone, email or through its website www.ziptrek.co.nz.)
Minimum age is 10 and tours take a maximum of eight people.
Leading the way in zipline innovation and sustainable business practice, Ziptrek Ecotours launched in New Zealand in November 2009 and since then has completed nearly three-quarters of a million zips through the forest canopy on Queenstown Hill on ‘gravity fed ziplines’.