Queenstown chalks up another world-beating thrill

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Queenstown is home to yet another exciting buzz – the steepest flying fox in the world.

Ziptrek Ecotours, which runs nature treks interspersed with rides on a giant flying fox network through Bob’s Peak forest, has opened its new zipline. 

The Kea 6-Line Tour boasts a 300m long flying fox that drops about 30 storeys from start to finish. 

“It’s without doubt the steepest flying fox in the world,” Ziptrek boss Trent Yeo says. 

Clients can hit speeds of up to 70kph but it’s not all adrenalin-pumping high-velocity action. 

Yeo says part of the new tour’s attraction is a walk through the closest patch of native bush to downtown Queenstown. 

Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden officially opened the Ziptrek extension last week – moments later Ziptrek guide Justin Berger zipped down it carrying the New Zealand flag.

Ms van Uden welcomed Ziptrek’s commitment to sustainable business practice. 

“The balance between the environment and adventure, which is a trademark of this activity, is something to be both admired and emulated,” Van Uden says. 

Ziptrek, which recently won the Sustainable Business Award at the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, hosts a discount day for locals on December 4 and 5.