THE TRUTH OF BEING DARING
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