For a thrilling ride that parents and kids can enjoy together, zip lines are fun and adventure all wrapped up in an exciting airborne package. Grab the kids and go try these 6 must-do zip lines around New Zealand.
1. SkyWire – Nelson
Set high on forest hills above the sea and river valleys, this is a must-do if you’re looking for a thrill. The Skywire chair is not only the longest flying fox in New Zealand, but it’s also the first 800m freewheeling drop that can reach up to 100km per hour. The ride takes you both forwards and backwards for nearly 10 minutes, meaning you definitely get bang for your buck!
2. Mokai Gravity Canyon – Taihape
Visitors to Gravity Canyon will experience the most extreme flying fox in the world. Imagine being launched from a ledge 175 metres above a river canyon before racing down a one-kilometre zipline at speeds up to 160km per hour – it quite literally takes your breath away. This is an awesome, adventure-filled idea that is great for the family to do.
3. Shooter Canyon Swing & Canyon Fox – Queenstown
Challenge yourself and the kids to try one of the newest flying foxes in New Zealand. It’s one you’ll want to make the trip for. Located in Queenstown, this jump will provide you with not only the adventure of your life, but amazing views over the Shotover River too.
4. EcoZip – Waiheke Island, Auckland
EcoZip Adventures offers state-of-the-art flying fox ziplines and an eco-immersive forest walk on breathtaking Waiheke Island, for nature lovers of all ages. You’ll enjoy the full Waiheke experience with a complimentary pickup from the island ferry and a range of drop-off locations afterward.
5. Adventure Waikato – Matira, Waikato
This is one of the North Island’s all-time favourites! Grab the family and take them on this awesome flying fox for a memory you’ll all keep close to your hearts. Experience a bird’s-eye view when you launch yourself off a rock and fly above the treetops.
6. Adrenaline Forest – Wellington, Tauranga, Christchurch
High excitement, stomach-churning, and a great confidence builder – test your skills by visiting an Adrenalin Forest in either Wellington, Tauranga and Christchurch! This flying fox is part of the obstacle course, which isn’t as extreme as some others, and is perfect if you have younger ones who still want an adventure.
By Sara De Grey