Adventure

Oh Good, You Can Scale A Waterfall In New Zealand Now

Not at all terrifying.

Waterfalls are majestic forces of nature. When you see one, it’s hard not to stop and stare in awe at how bloody cool it is. But have you ever thought of going one further and climbing up one?

Wildwire is a via ferrata climbing adventure on Twin Falls waterfall in Wanaka, New Zealand. For the rock climbing novices, a via ferrata is a protected climbing route to aid climbers – it often includes iron rungs, pegs, carved steps and even ladders. They’re used to allow otherwise dangerous routes to be undertaken without having to scramble unassisted – effectively making climbing a waterfall a cinch.

Seeing as New Zealand is known for its extreme activities, it makes sense that something like this would exist beside some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.

Wildwire Via Ferrata Wanaka on the rungs

Wildwire’s via ferrata tour is perfect for anyone who likes waterfalls and beautiful places (so, everyone, really.) Expect a super fun adventure that involves walking up and down trails, and crossing the famed via ferrata, which is fitted with ladder rungs that run next to the waterfall. Climbers will be required to clip and unclip their via ferrata lanyard along the way – and while you won’t get wet, your feet might feel a little spray.

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But your day doesn’t end after you cross the falls: there’s even an opportunity to swim in hidden pools and picnic along the way. Fun!

There are two tours to choose from: Go Wild (the beginners course) and Wild Thing (for intermediate climbers). Prices for a tour start at $189NZ ($181AUD) and includes transport to and from Wanaka town centre, all safety equipment as well as water and snacks on all tours.

Wanaka is a five hour drive from Christchurch. Check out Qantas flights here.