No climbing experience required.
Sturdy walking shoes are required.
Active wear is recommended. Dress for the weather.
If you can climb a ladder and walk on hilly terrain for up to 2 hours then you’ll be OK.
Open all year round.
Snacks provided on Go Wild and lunch on the longer trips.
Bring small cameras at your own risk. GoPro attachments available on some helmets.
PICK UP LOCATION
We will be climbing Twin Falls waterfall. This is located approximately 20 minutes drive from Wanaka on the Wanaka to Mt Aspiring Road just before the turn off to Treble Cone Skifield. The waterfall is the gateway to the Mt Aspiring National Park and the Rob Roy Glacier track, with Roys Peak walk, Diamond Lake, Glendhu Bay, and the Rippon Winery all in close proximity. You can choose to self drive and meet us at the waterfall.
Where do I park?
You can find free all day parking on the lakefront from Pembroke Park onwards (between Dungarvon Street and McDougall Street)
Please allow 30 minutes before your departure time to find a carpark and walk to the Wanaka i-site.
Can I book last minute?
We will do our best to accommodate last minute bookings. Please call 0800 WILDWIRE to confirm any booking within 12 hours of departure.
What are your minimum numbers?
The trip must reach a minimum number of 2 to run. If your tour is cancelled due to minimum number we will do our best to reschedule you at a time that suits. If this is not possible, we will refund your tour.
Can I drive myself out to the waterfall?
Yes! The waterfall is located approximately a 20 minute drive from Wanaka with plenty of parking. The waterfall is the gateway to the Mt Aspiring National Park and the Rob Roy Glacier track, with Roys Peak walk, Diamond Lake, Glendhu Bay, and the Rippon Winery all in close proximity.
Please let us know before the day if you wish to meet us out there, and we will provide you with directions and meeting instructions.
Travelling from Queenstown?
If you are travelling from Queenstown on the day of your climb, please allow at least 2 hours for the journey to allow for road closures, slow traffic, and weather conditions. The tour will not wait for you!
If you are travelling by bus, Ritchies Transport run a daily service in the morning and afternoon.
What are the main differences between the climbs?
Go Wild is our shortest and easiest climb, including approximately 1hr of climbing and is achievable by nearly everyone. If you can climb a ladder then you can do it. Wild Thing continues on from Go Wild and adds around another 2 hours of climbing. It is steeper, more exposed and longer. Technically, it isn’t much harder than Go Wild, but it is higher off the ground. Lord of the Rungs is our advanced climb, it add around 1-2 hours more climbing after completing Wild Thing and includes going behind a 60m waterfall, an overhang and a Helicopter descent. Good fitness and a sense of adventure is required for this climb.
What grades are the 3 climbs?
GO WILD – B
WILD THING – C
LORD OF THE RUNGS – D
Our rating system is based on the international grading system (below.)
|A||Easy||Straightforward path, but exposed. Plenty of climbing aids, possible short ladders. Challenging walking rather than climbing. Sure-footedness and a good head for heights are the main requirements.|
|B||Moderately Difficult||Some steep terrain, smaller footholds, but climbing aids provided. Longer ladders possible. Essentially protected but exposed scrambling. Some use of arms.|
|C||Difficult||Steep to very steep rock, adequate climbing aids, long ladders possible (or even briefly overhanging). Good fitness and some arm strength required.|
|D||Very Difficult||Very steep to vertical, maybe short/well aided overhanging sections, mainly very exposed. Some climbing aids but often wire rope only. Strong arms and hands required.|
|E||Extremely Difficult||Vertical to overhanging; consistently exposed; very small footholds or friction climbing, usually no climbing aids other than the wire. Sustained arm strength required. Easier sections may be unprotected.|
What do I bring?
Bring your sense of adventure. Wear sturdy shoes with some grip and clothes suitable for the weather on the day. Optional: sunglasses, sun protection (hat and sun block), something to swim in, a water bottle, a small towel, small backpack, small camera. Please bring a rain jacket if weather requires.
What will be provided on the trip?
We will provide your guide and training, helmets, harness, via ferrata lanyard and safety equipment. We will provide snacks on all tours. Courtesy transport to/from Wanaka town centre,
Can I upgrade on the day?
Depending on guide availability and climber ability, you may be able to upgrade your climb on the day. If you think this may be an option for you, please let us know when you book and we will look to accommodate this if possible. Please note upgrades are not always guaranteed.
Upgrade Go Wild to Wild Thing – $60.00 per person
Upgrade Wild Thing to Lord of the Rungs – $350.00 per person
What can I expect on the day?
Expect loads of fun, an amazing adventure and incredible scenery on all tours. You will be briefed on safety and via ferrata systems before you start by your guide. Be prepared for walking up and down trails that are steep in sections. On the via ferrata, you will be climbing ladder rungs that run next to the waterfall and crossing bridges over the waterfall. You will be required to clip and unclip your via ferrata lanyard along the way. You will not get wet, however, you may get your feet wet at times. There are opportunities to swim in hidden pools and picnic along the way. The activity is not difficult, however you will be required to climb up ladder rungs. On the trek your feet will be mainly on solid ground, however, you will be required to use via ferrata safety systems in some places. Please note: There is limited cell phone coverage at the waterfall
Will food be provided?
We will provide snacks at a picnic stop on the “Go Wild” tour and a picnic lunch or afternoon snacks on the “Wild Thing and Lord of the Rungs” tour. We can accommodate most dietary requirements. Please let us know if you have specific requests.
Are there any age or height/weight restrictions?
Minimum age on our group departures is 10 years on Go Wild and 12 years on Wild Thing. Please contact us to discuss further, sometimes we can make exceptions for active and confident children. Minimum again for Lord of the Rungs is 15. If you are under 16, you must climb our via ferrata with an adult guardian. For adventurous children under 10 a private tour may be an option. Please ring us to discuss. All minors (16 years and under) require and adult guardian’s signature on their waiver. There are no upper age limits to this activity.
There are no height restrictions to climb the waterfall, however our harnesses are rated to a maximum of 140kgs (308 pounds).
What if it is raining on the day?
Rain generally does not effect the running of our tours. If rain is forecast, please come prepared with a rain jacket and study shoes / boots. We will provide gloves.
In the event of heavy rain, we will contact you the morning of your climb and discuss further options with you. If you don’t hear from us, we are good to go! Please meet us at the confirmed time as planned.
Sometimes the weather is such that if you are booked on Lord of the Rungs the helicopter can not fly. In these cases, if you start the climb and the helicopter is cancelled, we will charge only for the Wild Thing and refund the rest.
BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS
We require full payment to reserve a position on a trip.
Prices are in New Zealand dollars and must be settled in New Zealand dollars. All prices are subject to change.
Once you have paid your fee, your trip is confirmed.
- We reserve the right to cancel trips if the minimum number is not reached, or if weather or any other situation should demand this
- We do not offer refunds if you downgrade your climb on the day
- Cancellations or changes within 10 days may incur a NZ$50.00 cancellation fee. Please call us to discuss.
- For cancellations within 48hrs of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.