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Ziptrek Ecotours going mad this March

28 February 2012

Ziptrek Ecotours going mad this March

With a large, Cheshire cat style grin, operators of an award winning Queenstown based eco adventure company are offering adventures in Queenstown’s own wonderland at Mad March prices.

Ziptrek Ecotours March Madness starts this Thursday (March 1) with a tea party at Queenstown’s World Bar to promote the mad month. Locals and visitors alike will be able to experience the ziplines at “off peak” rates.

Sales & Marketing Manager Nicky Busst said the Alice in Wonderland theme was fun and relevant for Ziptrek Ecotours

“Operating deep in a forest has a definite wonderland feel about it. Many of our guests are entering an entirely new environment and being introduced to new ways of thinking about their surroundings and effects on it. Many walk away with a changed perspective. Plus we have lots of crazy events planned throughout the month.

“We plan to keep everyone well-informed of activities with frequent social media updates but I can tell you that in addition to the themed days and other shenanigans, St Patricks’ Day promises to be a real blast,” she said.

Mad March pricing for the Moa 4-Line tour is $99 for an adult and $59 for youth and seniors. The Kea 6-Line Tour will cost $149 for an adult and $109 for youths and seniors. Prices are in New Zealand dollars and include GST. Gondola ticket not included, however this can be purchased at the Skyline Gondola building. Bookings are recommended.

More about Ziptrek Ecotours

Ziptrek Ecotours is a must-do, 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 bought 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. Most recently they won the Fairfax Media Sustainable 60 Award for Marketplace. 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.

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