AJ Hackett puts zip brakes on

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Adventure tourism operator AJ Hackett wants to slow down its flying fox-like ride.

Kawarau Zipride riders, seated in a harness, cruise 130 metres down to the Kawarau River’s southern bank at up to 60kmh.

But Queenstown Bungy’s resource consent application – granted by Queenstown’s council without public input – reveals plans to slow it down, by building a football goal-shaped frame around existing cables at the popular bungy site.

AJ Hackett Bungy NZ boss David Mitchell says the braking system will mean a smoother stop towards the end of the ride – which is pitched at the soft adventure and family markets.

“By making these improvements the Kawarau Zipride delivers the best possible customer experience at even greater safety levels.”

The 12 metre-high lightweight frame will wrap around existing zip-lines.

The consent application says: “This modification is required for future robustness and added safety requirements.”

The bungy site’s leased from the Department of Conservation, which gave its written approval.

Ten other landowners and interested parties signed off on the plan.

AJ Hackett’s zip-line idea was first revealed by Mountain Scene in December 2010.

Consent was granted in November of the following year and it opened in March 2013.

The zip-line ride has three zip lines each for singles or tandems.