Best Ziplines To Do
We are more than just the ziplines and tend to forget to even talk about them. But I guess given that we have many great ziplines in Rotorua and I have managed two premier zipline businesses around the world, I should take some time to write about the best ziplines I have ridden.
I managed SuperFly Ziplines in Whistler, Canada about 2014. This was a product I was very fond of and we took the zipline product from an average experience to the premier zipline in North America. It started as a 4 line tour that had shorter lines up to 400 metres long. But through the vision of the founder Joey Houssian, this zipline tour went massive by adding 2 more lines that spread from one mountain range to another, spanning 1.2km and 1.4 km in length each. The ride is now wild with the average time zipping being 80 seconds on each line and the riders get speeds up to 100km per hour. My favourite zipline on this is the 3rd line named Godzilla.
This is NZ’s newest zipline built in the Paradise Valley in Glenorchy, Otago. Glenorchy or GY as it’s known to the locals is a destination to itself and sits where the Dart River meets Lake Whakatipu. The Ziplines were built by the founder of another top NZ tourism product Canyon Swing. There are 8 ziplines in total and they all rip down a tight river canyon. The ziplines all go to and from ground platforms as you make your way down this tight canyon. The ziplines are great and make you feel like you are on a backcountry adventure.
Located on the famous Waiheke Island near Auckland, Eco-Zip is a fantastic zipline tour. They have long tandem lines that will get your blood pumping. The thing I love about this product is that it forces you to get out of the city and do something different. Waiheke is famous for its wineries as much as it is for its adventure and it’s easy to find something to do after the ziplining experience. My favourite Eco–Zip zipline is the 1st one called the Vineyard Cruise. You can see the skyline of the city and a number of the Syrah growing vineyards in the area.
Rotorua Canopy Tours
We have a great set of zip lines in Rotorua over the two zipline tours at Canopy Tours. I have been through the native forest on our zipline course over 50 times and I have 2 clear favourites lines. On the Original Canopy Tour, my favourite is the final Flutter. Although it’s not as big as the 220 mete line, it’s the last zipline on the course and one where you can go upside down. I have been trying to follow the antics of the guides and now I can go upside down and do a pirouette at the same time.
On the Ultimate Canopy Tour, the best zipline has to be the Zip 3, the experience line. It’s when you come out of the forest and onto the volcanic rocky walkway. The Canopy Tours team have a feature on this line that controls your speed the whole way down, turning this into an experience line. It’s here you can slow down to truly appreciate the scenery as you launch out of the forest into NZ’s only cliff walk.
There’s a rundown of the best ziplines on some of the courses I have zipped on in NZ and Canada. Every course is unique and has made the most of the environment in which it is set. For me it’s the thinking about what type of visitor experience each particular line will deliver, that sets a zipline experience apart from another. I hope you enjoyed the overview and please feel free to reach out with any thoughts or feedback on the best ziplines.