THE TRUTH OF BE­ING DAR­ING

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - WELCOME HAIDA GWAII, CANADA -

One of the most in­trigu­ing travel up­dates I re­cently re­ceived was for Wild Wire. New Zealand’s lat­est heart-start­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, aka Lord of the Rungs (ge­nius name) sets the bar high when it comes to ad­ven­ture tourism.

Let me quote from the mar­ket­ing info: “Along­side the spec­tac­u­lar Twin Falls, shoot­ing down a sheer rocky hill­side, near Wanaka, the via fer­mata sys­tem of rungs and ca­bles rises a near per­pen­dic­u­lar 450m above the val­ley floor tak­ing climbers on a six to seven-hour ad­ven­ture that ends with a heli flight de­scent.

“The route to the top fol­lows a kilo­me­tre of ca­bles, weav­ing over, above and be­hind the water­falls ... there’s drama at ev­ery twist and turn.”

Just read­ing this sees a spike in my adren­a­line lev­els, but also high­lights the scope of ad­ven­ture travel.

Hav­ing just re­turned from Queen­stown, thrillseek­ers’ cap­i­tal of the world, and a re­mote and wild part of Canada called Haida Gwaii, I can safely say I’m more for the “keep two feet on the ground” kind of ac­tion in the form of hik­ing and beach­comb­ing than hang­ing from the sky.

How­ever, be­ing in places where flora and fauna and nat­u­ral beauty dom­i­nate, I felt ev­ery bit the ad­ven­turer. If you’re look­ing for your next hol­i­day chal­lenge, check out our cover story and find out what phys­i­cal chal­lenges await.

JANA FRAWLEY, NA­TIONAL TRAVEL ED­I­TOR

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