93-year old proves age is no barrier for this canopy zipline adventure

by | Jan 17, 2022 | Rotorua Canopy Tours, Zipline

When you hear the words canopy zipline tours and adventure, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t retirees. 93-year-old Lewis proves that age is no barrier when taking the leap on an adventurous outdoor activity with Rotorua Canopy Tours.

We still remember the day 93-year-old Lewis strolled into Rotorua Canopy Tours wearing a stylish tweed suit. He was one cool dude! Lewis and his 87 year-old sister, Shirley, had driven all the way from their Auckland rest home just to do our award winning Original Canopy zipline tour.

Rotorua Canopy Tours customers Lewis and Shirley on their canopy zipline adventure
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Photo: 93-year-old Lewis and his 87-year-old sister Shirley on their canopy zipline adventure.

While Lewis and Shirley were keen for a challenging outdoor activity and a bit of adventure, there were a few nerves too. It didn’t take long for our awesome guides Shane and Steph to show them there was nothing to fear on their canopy zipline adventure, after all safety is our number one priority here at Rotorua Canopy Tours.

So, our two guides swapped Lewis’ classy hat for a helmet, harnessed them up and off they went.

Lewis and Shirley with their two canopy zipline guides
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Photo: Shirley and Lewis with awesome canopy zipline guides Steph and Shane ready for their exciting adventure.

Our guides helped Lewis and Shirley the whole way through their canopy zipline journey and made sure they felt comfortable while on this incredible outdoor activity. Helped by the safety systems, their guides’ professionalism and the encouragement of their small group, Lewis and Shirley felt completely at ease by the time they had stepped off the first platform.

Just like all of our awesome kiwi guides, Shane and Steph pride themselves on their ability to help people achieve beyond what they thought possible. They are experts at helping people who are a bit nervous – they will talk you through everything and even hold your hand if you need it.

Rotorua Canopy Tours guides helping customers on their canopy zipline tour
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Photo: Canopy zipline guide Shane helping Shirley over the adventurous ‘no hands’ bridge.

Lewis and Shirley had an absolute blast soaring through the ancient native forest and exploring all the layers of the forest on their canopy zipline adventure. Lewis loved the rush of excitement every time he walked across the swing bridges or stepped off a platform to fly through the air. He was fearless by the end of the tour and took up every challenge our guides threw at him – he even managed to flip upside down on our final zipline and lean out over the edge of a swing bridge!

Not everyone is as fearless as Lewis, over 20% of the people who come on our canopy zipline tours have a fear of heights! But the great thing for those a little nervous about being so high off the ground is that they have a lot to gain. Our forest is a great place for conquering your fears once and for all!

Lewis just goes to show that anyone is capable of doing our Canopy Zipline Tour. We love being able to offer an adenture that everyone can enjoy and create memories of a lifetime. We’ve taken thousands of customers into the forest aged 70+. In fact, we specialise in making people feel young again!

Rotorua Canopy Tours oldest customer Lewis
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Photo: Fearless Lewis leaning off the bridge hands free!

At 93, Lewis is our oldest male customer so far and the oldest women who has been on tour is 92! This proves that you’re never too old and that age is definitely no barrier for our canopy ziplining adventures.

For kids, our Canopy Tours are perfect for ages 6+. So, whether you’re 6 or 106, keep the adventure alive and take on the challenge of this outdoor activity – you’ll no doubt love being surrounded by the beautiful bird life and flying through our untouched native forest.

Canopy zipline tour 93 year old customer Lewis
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Photo: Lewis loved the excitement of flying through virgin native forest on this unforgettable canopy zipline adventure.

Don’t just take our word for it, check our some of our customer canopy zipline reviews too:

“This is a great experience for a wide range of ages. I went with my grandsons, so ages 75 to 11. While being terrified it is a great experience and very professionally done. Safety was outstanding , well explained what we were doing and what to do. Great design and experience of NZ forest.” – Colin from Auckland

“If you have a fear of heights and are umming and urring about it, do it. They really do care about your safety and make you feel comfortable the whole way through. Sit down and let your body move into it and if you can, let go! Such a good feeling/view/experience. Highly, highly recommended!” – Trip Advisor review from the-savvy-travel

“The guides were exceptionally supportive, and the navigating the forest wasn’t the physical challenge I’d expected. It was surprisingly easy, fun, and educational. I had a fantastic time, and it was completely out of my comfort zone. I felt a huge rush of excitement each time I stepped off a platform into empty air.” – Retiree Sharon Stuart from Rotorua

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