Lord of the Rungs debuts in New Zealand

10-04-2017 11:18 am

At 450 metres high, Wildwire Wanaka's Lord of the Rungs is the world's highest via ferrata waterfall climb and New Zealand's newest adventure.

The route to the top of spectacular Twin Falls follows a kilometre of cables, weaving over, above and behind the waterfalls, and crosses a 35-metre Tyrolean traverse using a pulley, and boasts sweeping views of the valley below and the surrounding mountains. The six to seven-hour adventure ends with a heli flight descent.

Climbing experience is not necessary, says operator and guide Mark, but the climb “does demand a reasonably good level of fitness and some upper body strength, as we climb through some very exciting overhangs.”

Clients, he says, “will have to be keen and come with a very good head for heights and adventure!”

Three climbing options on the Twin Falls give clients of all fitness levels and abilities a full range of experiences from the three-hour Go Wild beginner climb to the longer, Wild Thing intermediate ascent and the latest more technical Lord of the Rungs.

“You don't need any climbing experience and only moderate fitness for the beginner climb. If you can climb a ladder and manage the fear of heights, then you can do it. We've had grandmothers and children as young as nine years old do that climb,” Mark says. “And we find that many of our beginner climbers actually ask to upgrade to the second level once they've completed the first.”

The cost is $595 NZD (approx. $530 Cdn) per person for a minimum of two people.

For more information, visit http://www.wildwire.co.nz/climbs/lord-of-the-rungs/