Ziptrek Ecotours is a must-do, multi award-winning adventure ecotourism business renowned for delivering awareness and appreciation of the natural environment along with a good dose of adventure.
Ziptrek was founded in 2001 in Whistler, Canada by Charles Steele and David Udow. Their goal was to provide a unique experience combining nature-based learning with a rush of adrenaline. In December 2009 Trent Yeo, a former Ziptrek Whistler employee committed to a partnership to open the first global Ziptrek operation in Queenstown, New Zealand. His background in sustainable architecture with outdoor education was a perfect fit for the business. Due to its success and growth Ziptrek appointed Stu Cordelle 15 months later as General Manager to assist with the day to day running of the operation. Stu brought a wealth of knowledge to the business having been involved in a number of leading tourism operations in New Zealand.
When the business was first established on Bobs Peak they launched the four line Moa tour. This tour incorporated four flying foxes/ziplines through the forest canopy connecting aerial treetop platforms (tree houses) that descended one third of the way down the mountain. In November 2010, Ziptrek launched the Kea 6 line Tour which saw guests travelling all the way to the bottom of the mountain, including a beautiful walk through native beech forest. This tour can now claim the steepest tree to tree zipline ride in the world.
Ziptrek's eco-credentials are rapidly developing momentum and within 18 months of opening they won the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce Sustainable Business Award and received the Qualmark Enviro Gold award and the Fairfax Media Sustainable 60 Award for Marketplace, the 2012 Chamber of Commerce Award for best Tourism, Activities or Events and the 2013 Outdoors New Zealand Best Outdoor Adventure award. Most recently they won the Environmental Tourism award at the 2015 Tourism Industry Association (TIA) award ceremony in Auckland. They also work closely with the local community and are a patron of the Wakatipu Trails Trust, in partnership with the Queenstown Lakes Biodiesel Consortium and working with Otago Polytechnic on their Sustainable 360 business program.
Since launching, Ziptrek Ecotours has caught the attention of global television and print media putting them in front of millions of people across countries such as Australia, UK, Brazil, New Zealand, Canada and USA.