Zippity Doo Dah Queenstown gets record-breaking flying fox

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Queenstown thrill-seekers will have the world’s steepest tree-to-tree flying fox to test out next month. 

Adventure providers Ziptrek Ecotours are launching a new Kea Tour using two additional ziplines, which will allow punters to reach speeds of up to 70km per hour. 

Ziptrek opened its Ben Lomond Reserve operation last December with its existing four-line Moa Tour. 

With the new cables in place, guests can whip from the top of the hill to the bottom, unclipping their harnesses not far from downtown Queenstown. 

General manager Trent Yeo says the latest development has always been in the pipeline and the Kea Tour will be a three-hour journey on all six lines, including a guided walk through ancient beech forest. 

“The new Kea Tour will more than double Ziptrek’s flying fox distance and gives those with an appetite for adrenaline the chance to take zip-lining to a hair-raising level. 

“Zippers on the Kea Tour will fly down the hill for about a kilometre, the equivalent length of 10 rugby pitches,” Yeo says.