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Ziptrek Ecotours

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Ziptrek Ecotours

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Ziptrek Ecotours offers an entertaining combination of education and adventure. Ziptrek's tour area is located atop Skyline Gondola Hill in spectacular Queenstown, New Zealand. Being situated just minutes from the centre of town ensures that guests spend more time experiencing their activity than driving to get there. With vast media coverage and environmental awards, Ziptrek has earned international fame as a must-do activity for adventure seekers of all ages.

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Adventure. Education. Inspiration. Ziptrek Ecotours truly delivers it all as a global leader in zipline based, adventure ecotourism. Ziptrek's flagship location in Whistler, Canada first brought prominence to ziplining in North America and a second world class location in Queenstown, New Zealand is now setting the standard for zipline based tours in the southern hemisphere. These two landmark locales and other high profile projects including ziplines in downtown Vancouver, Canada as a feature attraction of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games have established Ziptrek Ecotours as a preeminent name in the adventure tourism industry.

Ziptrek Ecotours has been voted 'Best Adventure Tour' and 'Environmental Business of the Year' in Whistler since it first opened for adventure in summer 2002. On Ziptrek tours you enjoy an unforgettable opportunity to explore, learn and delight in the thrill of an aerial adventure in natural environments that lend themselves perfectly to an enlightening ecological curriculum. Whether high in the treetops in an ancient temperate rain- forest in Canada or hundreds of feet above the pristine blue waters of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand, these are ideal sites for interactive learning and outdoor adventure.

Your inspiring journey through the forest happens via a combination of suspension bridges, treetop observation platforms, ground based trails and ziplines. Ziplines are suspended steel cables - some of which are over 15 stories high and 2000 feet long - that you ride from platform to platform. In order to fly on the zipline cables you are outfitted with a custom harness that is then attached to the zipline with a specialized pulley. At each aerial launch platform you simply and bravely step down the stairs until there is tension on the harness tethers, lift your feet and soar down the line reaching speeds of over 80 km/hr (50 mph). The harness system allows you complete freedom to move, take a look around and even enjoy your zipline ride hanging upside down if you wish. And best of all Ziptrek operates its locations year-round and in all weather conditions.

Ziptrek Ecotours was founded by two lifelong friends and entrepreneurs, David Udow and Charles Steele, who came together with the goal of creating not only the first zipline tour in North America but also a tour that would provide you with the unique combination of true nature- based learning and the rush of adrenaline felt while soaring over some truly spectacular vistas. Since its inception Ziptrek's mandate has been to provide an experience that far and away exceeds your expectations while following a sustainable business model and promoting the importance of The Natural Step Framework for sustainability both locally and globally.

Charles and David have been able to 'get back to nature' by marrying their business sensibilities with their love of the outdoors and passion for the environment and Ziptrek is proud to conform to the United Nations principals of ecotourism. Among other things, Ziptrek supports local and international organizations also committed to environmental education, provides sustainable jobs in the community and creates its own renew- able energy in an effort to lead by example. Collaborating with a team of passionate people from diverse backgrounds ensures that Ziptrek is an environmentally progressive company able to provide unparalleled adventures in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

Ziptrek Ecotours is eco-exhilaration.