Adventures with zip on Waiheke Island

By Amelia Wade

An artist's impression of the new EcoZip Adventures visitor centre to be built on Waiheke Island in time for next summer. Photo / Supplied
An artist's impression of the new EcoZip Adventures visitor centre to be built on Waiheke Island in time for next summer. Photo / Supplied

Ziplining is coming to Waiheke Island.

Three dual ziplines (aerial cables) several hundred metres long on Trig Hill near Onetangi will allow two people to ride side by side over vineyards and down into native bush.

EcoZip Adventures is organising the project, which will also teach visitors about the Hauraki Gulf island.

After the ride, guides will be on hand to lead people via boardwalks and walking tracks back up through 600-year-old bush to a purpose-built visitor centre.

EcoZip Adventures expects the experience to last about one and a half hours and be accessible to the widest possible audience, with a target audience from 8 to 80.

It is scheduled to open next summer.

Managing director Gavin Oliver said the project was more of an environmental adventure experience than a thrill-seekers' ride.

"There are countless exhilarating adventure attractions around New Zealand, from bungy jumps to jetboats.

"What EcoZip is creating is a chance for anyone to get up close and personal with our native bush, to see it literally from new angles, and to reconnect with nature."

Ziplining has gained huge popularity in the US and other countries during the past few years.

- NZ Herald

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