ZipTrek

The afternoon of my birthday, after doing bungy jumping in the morning at the Nevis, I went for a zip line adventure with ZipTrek. I had done the Outland Adventure, Xcelerator Zip Line in Davao twice in 2009 (which then boasted as the longest and fasted zip line in Asia… though I hear has since been surpassed). When I was looking over the activities I could do while in New Zealand, this six-stage Zip line seemed interesting.

A friend of mine originally suggested other tours which included white water rafting and a speedboat cruise. I decided I didn’t want to do any water-related activities because I didn’t want to get wet and have to change. Plus… it was kinda cold.

Side story: Since I got up early this morning, I had no chance to eat anything. I had to make my way up to the meeting point by 1:15pm. Aside from being my birthday, it being Good Friday, I unintentionally did my fasting for the day.

Getting there was interesting in it self. First I had to make myself to the Skyline Gondola which went up Bob’s Peak (I have no idea who Bob is and why he has a peak named after him). When my cab pulled up to the bottom of the Skyline Terminal, I could see the gondolas going up.

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The gondola ride itself was interesting. As we went up there were sheep grazing on the mountain side.

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Reaching the top…

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From the top, the view of Queenstown was awesome!

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I made my way to the ZipTrek Jump off point.

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All of the platforms are constructed right on the trees themselves and made with untreated lumber so as not to pollute the soil and water with chemicals.

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We strapped ourselves in and we were ready to go. It was around 1:30pm now, the whole tour would take around 3 hours.

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Here I am all strapped in. I look like a Meralco or PLDT line man…

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I was first to jump off… weee!

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As this was not just a zipline experience, it was a whole eco tour package. At each section we were given  a brief discussion on eco responsibilities for a self sustaining planet.

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Out guides Dave and Nick filled us with interesting facts and figures.

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As implied by the title of the blog, we jumped of 6 platforms. Each line had its own characteristics. Some longer than others. Some steeper than others.  In some stages they taught us how to get into an upside down stance, etc.

I took video of the others in my group going through the zip lines, the last few seconds here is me taking video during one of my zips…

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For the sixth stage, our eco tour had us go down from the trees for a 20 min trek down the mountain, which included more eco tour of the landscape.

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where we eventually reached the last platform…

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This last one was the steepest of the them all. So steep, that for safety reasons, they had to put up a bungy chord net up just in case we came in too fast…

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Whew! Here we are. We ended everything by around 4:30pm.

This was a great day. This is definitely not like any of the zip line adventures in the Philippines as this brings you through the forest canopies.

From here I decided to walk around Queenstown… and find something to eat.

ZipTrek offers two tours. They offer a 4-line tour called MOA, while the 6-line tour, KEA is what I took. Here are some interesting facts…

  • 6 Ziplines
  • Duration – 3 hours
  • Total flying distance – 940m
  • Longest line – 300m
  • Longest line descends 100m
  • Highest tree house is 8 storeys high (25m)
  • Reach speeds up to 70kph

Contact details: http://ziptrek.com