It’s fair to say we didn’t initially envisage constructing three giant, awe-inspiring ziplines; or flying-foxes, as they’re known here in New Zealand. In fact we didn’t really plan on building anything. Our goal started off quite differently.
Chris and Gavin on adventure research in Nevada
Back in 2010, we were friends who met occasionally to share a beer and a yarn. Our common ground has always been a passion for the outdoors, particularly hiking in New Zealand’s beautiful backcountry. We also share an appreciation for craft beer. Which may be why the EcoZip story began in a small bar on Auckland’s North Shore, with a big question.
How, we mused, could we introduce the wonderful native forests surrounding Auckland, to people whose time is precious, and without the gear or inclination for backcountry hiking? We realised that a zipline was the perfect vehicle with a view. So after some deliberation, and a few more beers, the EcoZip idea was born.
We knew that to deliver the most spectacular experience, our ziplines needed to:
Before we’d even found a site, we had some rigorous research to do. Our investigation took us to Costa Rica, Alaska, Hawaii, California, Utah, Las Vegas and beyond, in our quest to develop the best zipline design, technology and most of all, experience.
The expansive views from our site are pretty incredible, but from your vantage points on our ziplines they’re absolutely breath-taking. Best of all, you can share that beauty and experience with your friends on our unique, dual ziplines – as you zip over our vineyard and then over, and into, spectacular native New Zealand forest.
In terms of technology, our ZipStop system - developed right here in New Zealand - is the world’s most advanced zipline braking system.
Our conservation programmes, made possible by our visitors, are restoring and protecting a site of environmental significance.
Each of our close-knit crew of enthusiastic, passionate guides brings their unique traits, skills and characters to the EcoZip family. They, and we look forward to welcoming you to EcoZip Adventures on Waiheke Island very soon.
Chris & Gavin