- Native Forest Adventure
- Fly over a working vineyard and native forest on 3 giant, state-of-the-art, dual flying fox ziplines
- Enjoy 360-degree views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf
- Learn about Waiheke’s beautiful natural environment on a short interpretive forest walk
- See the island’s beautiful beaches, extravagant properties and many vineyards on a Waiheke Island highlights minitour
- Pick-up and drop off from Matiatia Ferry Terminal or Oneroa Village
- Self-drive options available
Ziplining & Forest Walk Waiheke IslandTake to the skies with access to three ziplines before embarking on a magical nature walk!
Ferry tickets from Auckland to Waiheke Island are not included in the price. These can be purchased at the downtown Auckland Ferry Terminal on Quay Street. Adult prices from $38 pp return.
Why do we love this
We love that this tour lets you fly side-by-side with a friend. What's more memorable than an epic shared experience?
What to Expect
A day full of state-of-the-art flying fox ziplines and an immersive forest walk... this is the best way to discover breath-taking Waiheke Island. Perfect for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike! Ziplining is less scary than a bungee jump, but it's packed with enough excitement to get your heart racing. Get ready for a day of fun on three exciting ziplines before a forest walk full of rugged nature and wildlife.
For the full Waiheke experience, opt for the pick-up option which has a fascinating, 20-minute, highlights tour included! Meet at Matiatia Ferry Terminal or join the group in Oneroa Village.
En route to your EcoZip adventure, check out the must-see sights of Waiheke, like Little O Beach, Palm Beach and Little Palm Beach. You’ll also spy charming olive groves, world-class vineyards and learn more about the area as your guide recounts the stories, legends and even a little gossip.
Once you reach your ziplining destination, it's time to hit the skies for an adrenaline rush like no other. You'll have access to three unique ziplines, each over 200m long with dual cables allowing you to fly side-by-side with a friend!
Zip One (Vineyard Cruise) soars above a beautiful working vineyard. This line has the most shallow gradient, and at 220m long, is a gentle introduction to your ziplining eco-adventure. You'll be surrounded by stunning views, with Auckland’s skyline and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf as a backdrop and the brooding silhouette of volcanic Rangitoto in the foreground.
Zip Two (City View) ups the excitement taking you even higher and faster. This zipline provides a magnificent view of the city of Auckland, 25km away across the sparkling water. Around 200m long, this zipline sees you fly through, then above, the forest canopy. Remember to look down to enjoy the beautiful patterns created by the native tree ferns and enjoy a birds-eye view of the centuries-old forest.
Zip Three (Kurinui) is the main event! Kurinui is a Maori word and your zipline guide will explain its significance as you take in the awe-inspiring perspective from the take-off deck. There are some great vineyard views and glimpses of Auckland’s eastern beaches. With 220m of the steepest gradient of the ziplines, Kurinui will have you moving at speeds over 50kmh! That's actually faster than you can legally drive on Waiheke’s roads!
Just past the landing point for this zipline is a sheltered terrace which a great place to grab action shots of the rest of your group. But once you've reached Kurinui's impressive landing deck the adventure isn't over... in fact, it's only just beginning!
Descending from Kurinui’s landing deck, you’ll embark on a magical guided nature walk. This easy trek sees you exchange your birds-eye forest view for one of the cool rainforest floor. The native forest is home to a diverse range of animals, including beautiful geckos and skinks, weta, eels, freshwater crayfish and glow-worms. The ancient trees here are a treasure-trove of stories and legend, and your expert guides will share the Maori legends with your group. You'll also learn about the once-threatened, now thriving species that call the forest home.
As the trail winds through this spectacular, ancient forest, you’ll hear more about Waiheke’s history and how your zipline visit helps to preserve and restore this beautiful and important site.
Later, the 'mini-tour' continues. Drop-off is available at your pick-up point, or to one of the many vineyards, beaches and restaurants between the EcoZip site and the ferry terminal at Matiatia. This is a great chance to spend some more time exploring this special place.
Self-drive options are available. For travellers with their own car, take the ferry from Auckland before making your way to the EcoZip site at 150 Trig Hill Road.
Please note: to participate in the EcoZip experience you need to weigh at least 30kg (66lbs) but not more than 125kg (275lbs).
Please note: Bookings for participants under 18 years of age, must have a parent or guardian also booked with them. We are unable to take bookings for participants under the age of 18 without a parent or guardian.
Frequently Asked Questions
There is no age limit, but participants under 18-years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian properly authorised to agree to our Booking Terms and sign the Participation Waiver on the minor's behalf.
To participate in the EcoZip experience you need to weigh at least 30kg (66lbs) but not more than 125kg (275lbs).
If you think you or one of your party might be outside these parameters we recommend jumping on a set of bathroom scales to check.
Sadly, and as much as we’d love to ‘zip’ you, if you fall outside these weight limits you won’t be able to participate.
And just so we can never be accused of being ‘weightist’...we discretely weigh everyone at check-in! But don't worry, no one gets to see what the scales tell us!
Waiheke is just a pleasant 35-minute ferry ride with Fullers Ferries, from the downtown Auckland Ferry Terminal.
Passenger ferries depart every 30-minutes from Quay St or there is a car ferry service from Halfmoon Bay with Sealink. You can buy your tickets at the quayside.
When you make your booking you’ll be offered a choice of pick-up locations, either at Matiatia (the terminus for the passenger ferry) or in Oneroa village.
If you're coming by passenger ferry from Auckland and joining us at the Matiatia passenger terminal, from pick-up to drop-off you should allow about 3 hours.
If you're driving to our site at the top of Trig Hill, near Onetangi, you should allow for about 2 hours on site.
We're able to collect arriving guests from the passenger ferry terminal at Matiatia, the village bus stop in Oneroa (opposite the Red Cross building) or, by prior arrangement, from Onetangi Beach. We don't offer a pick-up service from the Sealink terminal at Kennedy Point, however you can easily connect from here to Oneroa village using the Sealink shuttle, from where we can then collect you.
Post-ziplining we're able to drop off to any point intermediate to our site and the Matiatia ferry terminal; for example at Onetangi Beach, Stonyridge/Te Motu/Tantalus vineyards, Ostend, Surfdale or Oneroa villages.
As our shuttles operate to a timetable we are unable to offer a drop-off service to more 'out of the way' locations and specifically Palm Beach, Batch Winery, Casita Miro, Mudbrick or Cable Bay. If one of these sites is your ultimate destination please call or email us and we'll be pleased to discuss your transport options.
Ziplining is an outdoor activity and New Zealand weather is very changeable – we often experience “four seasons in one day”!
The sun’s rays in New Zealand, even on a cloudy day, can be very intense. Sunscreen and a hat or cap (which can fit under a helmet) are highly recommended.
If cold weather is forecast, bring a warm jersey or fleece
Firstly, please dress for the unexpected!
Ziplining is a great experience, rain or shine. So we’ll go ahead even if it is raining, and give you wet weather gear if you haven’t brought your own.
If the wind gets above 35 knots, we may have to cancel the tour for safety's sake. If this happens, you’ll have the option to change the time and/or date of your tour, or get a full refund.
There may be up to 12 people in your group and you'll be escorted by 2 highly trained EcoZip guides. Our guides will stay with you for the duration of your tour.
You're very welcome to take a camera, smartphone or GoPro-style video recorder on tour. All we ask is that for the security of your device, and the safety of our other clients, your phone, camera or GoPro is attached to your clothing or harness by a strap or lanyard. If you don't have a strap or lanyard for your device, at check-in ask our team about our 'phone bungees'.
If you don't want to use your device 'mid zip' you can also fit an average-sized smartphone or small digital camera in the pouch attached to your zipline harness.
The guided element of the forest walk is optional, but the walk itself is not!
Should you prefer to walk the track without guidance and commentary, the path is well marked. You will, however, need to be back at our visitor centre before your scheduled tour’s van departure time.
There is no age limit. Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian properly authorised to agree to these Booking Terms and sign the Participation Waiver on that minor's behalf. The parent or guardian must also be booked on the same tour.
The minimum weight to undertake an EcoZip Adventures tour is 30kg (66lbs) and the maximum is 125kg (275lbs). EcoZip Adventures reserves the right to ask Participants to be weighed prior to taking part in the activity.
All Participants MUST check in promptly at their tour time - if participants have not arrived by their tour time, it shall be deemed a "No Show" and their participation on the tour shall be cancelled without refund.
Zipline is an outdoor activity. Weather is changeable therefore all Participants must dress accordingly.
Participation in the Zipline involves a 1.5km (approximately) walk along a designated walking track from the end of the Zipline back to EcoZip head office. The designated walking track is of slight gradient, uneven surface and may at times be wet and slippery. All Participants need to be of reasonable fitness to complete such walk. Participants must keep strictly to the designated walking track and are not permitted to deviate from such track in any circumstances.
Cancellations/amendments by you
- Bookings cancelled within 48-hours of scheduled departure time are non-refundable. Bookings amended to another date and/or time within 48-hours of scheduled departure time are subject to a rescheduling fee of $49 per person. Participants that fail to present themselves at the time of their booking (a no show) will forfeit 100% of their payment.
- Bookings cancelled more than 48-hours before scheduled departure time are subject to a $25 cancellation charge per person and the balance shall be refunded. Subject to availability such bookings may be amended once free-of-charge. Any subsequent amendments or cancellations will be subject to the cancellation charges set out in these Terms.
Cancellations by EcoZip Adventures
- For the safety of our Participants, due to inclement weather or due to events beyond our control EcoZip Adventures may need to cancel a tour. EcoZip Adventures will use all reasonable endeavours to contact the Participant in sufficient time to notify of the cancellation. In the event that we cancel a tour the Participant will be offered either a full refund or a booking transfer to an alternative date and/or time. EcoZip Adventures is not liable in any circumstances for any costs incurred by the Participant as a result of such a cancellation.
- Matiatia Ferry Terminal
- Oneroa Village Bus Stop - 33 Waikare Road
- Onetangi Bus Stop - outside Wild on Waiheke
- Pick-Up Not Required - Self-drive
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