Queenstown’s Ziptrek Ecotours provide visitors with more than your typical zipline adventure. This scenic zip line experience includes six exhilarating ziplines, with the final ride descending 30 storeys at speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour.
Beyond the ziplines, you’ll also be exploring one of the most beautiful locations in the world, surrounded by lush forest with views of Queenstown as you make your way down the mountain, ensuring an unforgettable experience in the adrenaline capital of the world. These small group tours last for 3 hours and will give you memories that will last a lifetime.
I was lucky enough to experience the awesome Moa Tour with the team at Ziptrek Ecotours on my most recent trip to Queenstown, New Zealand thanks to Experience Oz + NZ.
How to get there
By Gondola: Ride up the Queenstown Skyline Gondola from the towm centre (not included in the tour, needs to be purchased additionally).
- World’s steepest Zip line + 5 more to fly you from tree to tree
- Fun zip line challenges
- Queenstown views that will take your breath away
- You can take your own camera along
- Learn some really interesting and important things about the environment
- A chance to see some of Queenstown’s wildlife while trekking through the forest
What you’ll do
Once you have made it to the top of the mountain you will make your way to the ZipTrek base, which is only 100m to the left of the Upper gondola terminal. You should arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour starts, which will give you plenty of time to check in and let the excitement kick in.
Here you will be weighed to help the team pick out your perfect harness. You can also take this time to meet your fellow zip liners who you will be spending the next three hours exploring the wilderness with.
Strap into your harness
Once everyone was checked in we were given a briefing for the tour and directed to your harness. With the help of the friendly guides and staff, you’ll be safely strapped into your harness and triple checked before being given the go ahead to begin your first zip line.
Once our harnesses were secured we were given another safety briefing to go through some additional tour information.
Before you get zipping there will be a chance to get some nice pictures in your harnesses. Ziptrek will take their own which are available to purchase after the tour, however, they are usually happy to take a couple on your personal camera. These will include full group pictures and a few individual shots.
Keep in mind that they may be taking some secret snaps along the way so get your best photo face ready!
Zip through the forest
From here we followed an extremely short walking trail from the check in tree house to the first gondola where our adventure really began.
At the beginning of each zip line, before we launched off the platform, we had one final chat to the tour guides about the process of the experience and about the environment we are about to zip through.
One by one we were flying through the air on the shortest zipline of the day. The best thing you will find out straight away is that you get to sit back and enjoy it as your tour guides look after you completely even braking for you ensuring a very safe landing on the next platform.
Once the entire group had made it across, including your guides, we had another quick and important lesson about the environment before zipping off through the forest again.
There was one extra thing to learn before taking off on the second zip line, there was a challenge associated with it. After a warm up on the first run, we were excited – and nervous – to learn this next one can be done upside down.
Your challenge depends on your guide for the day and if you’re not too afraid of heights or the zip lining experience as a whole, I strongly recommend taking on every challenge they set. You won’t regret it!
Challenge: Upside down
This one was definitely not for everyone and that is completely fine as no one is forced to do anything they aren’t comfortable with, however, this one was definitely a group favourite! The guides gave us step-by-step instructions on how to safely complete all of the challenges and then let us show off our new skills on this longer and faster zipline down the mountain.
I was launched off the platform and manouvered my body to hang upside down in the harness, and oh what a feeling! It was such an incredible sensation and it brought joy to all those in the group game enough to try it. Once we were back safe and sound on platform 3 we were eagerly awaiting the introduction of our next challenge.
Challenge: Trust fall
The second challenge for the day was the Trust Fall. Trust fall is one that seems really simple but in the moment it ends up being one of the most challenging. We were instructed to face backwards on the last step and let our body fall backwards. With the harness in place catching our weight, this was an awesome challenge!
This most difficult thing about this was the force of the zipline catching and jolting your body. My immediate reaction was to cling onto everything and anything I could get my hands on, but if you can conquer this one without freaking out like a cat touching water than I applaud you!
Challenge: Sing at the top of your lungs
For those who are researching this awesome experience before going, make sure you have your favourite song ready to go. This challenge required us to sing a song on the journey across this biplane, and provided nice break from the screams and squeals heard – mostly from myself – on the previous zip lines.
Upon landing on solid ground we tightened our walking shoes and followed the short walking trail to the next biplane, which happened to be the steepest one in the world!
The walk to the next platform was an enjoyable one as it gives you the chance to take it easy after all of the adrenaline pumping zip lines while also keeping your eyes out for wildlife and learning about this beautiful natural environment.
Ride the steepest zip line in the world!
This was the one we had been waiting patiently for and the group was buzzing with excitement.
This zip line descended 30 storeys and can get to speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour. If that isn’t crazy enough for you, you have the choice of picking your favourite challenge from the previous lines and implementing it in you final ride of the tour.
This zip line experience was incredible, amazing, and memorable, to say the least. With the wind in my hair surrounded by luscious greenery of the forest, I felt as though I was in pure paradise. With squeals and screams escaping my mouth throughout the whole experience I wanted to clip back up and try it again immediately.
This bitter sweet moment had my heart racing and blood pumping, and I knew I would still be feeling the adrenaline from this adventure hours later.
The final hike back to the base was relatively short and doubled as a great way for the whole group to check their nerves and calm back down. The track led us right down to the base of the gondola where we boarded the cable car at the beginning of this adventure.
Once we reached the base we removed our harnesses and collected our belongings that were left with the guides. We waved goodbye to our guides with adrenaline still pumping through our body.
A big thank you goes to the incredible guides who made this awesome experience all the more enjoyable with their friendly nature, knowledge and sense of adventure. A friendly tip, don’t forget to check out the professional photos taken of you throughout the experience which are available for purchase from the Ziptreck Ecotours shop.
- Helmets and harnesses
- Six zip lines
- Warm jackets, gloves and beanies available
- An adrenaline rush
- Amazing tour guides
What to bring
- As little as possible
- It can be a little cool on the mountain so make sure to have appropriate outdoor clothing on such as a cosy jacket
- Supportive and fully inclosed walking shoes or hiking boots
- A camera – keep in mind that you will have to carry it with you the entire time, even on the zip lines
As someone who had never ziplined before and is just getting over of a terrible fear of heights, I was a little nervous for the tour. Thanks to the friendly staff and their caring nature for all tour members I was calmed. The feeling of flying through the air was absolutely incredible and well worth swallowing my fear for.
I really could not recommend this experience enough to anyone visiting Queenstown looking for an awesome tour. With the nicest guides, fun challenges, a lot of really important and interesting things to learn, some of Queenstown’s best views and a whole lot of fun, this is a great way to spend a few hours in the adventure capital of the world.
This tour is for anyone and everyone that fit into the weight, height and age requirements. It is 100% the best way to get down the mountain.
Images: Dana Williamson
Dana Williamson experienced Queenstown’s zip line experience as a guest of Experience Oz + NZ and Ziptrek Ecotours.
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