Ziptrek's Commitment to its Environment
When Queenstown’s Ziptrek Ecotours says it works ‘with the forest’, it means it.
Visitors know all about it as a fantastic tourism experience, with three-quarter of a million ‘zips’ through the forest canopy on gravity-fed ziplines under its belt.
But at its heart, it’s an Ecotourism company, using its seven years in business to educate and inspire others towards long-term environmental and sustainable practices.
From the start, its beautifully made, architecturally-designed treehouses were “zipped” into place by hand, made from local sustainable timbers and using the hardy Douglas firs already in the forest.
On course cameras and electronic safety gates are all run using solar energy, and rainwater collected in drums is used to water native plants on the course.
In addition to these day to day practices, Ziptrek’s also planted over 4000 native plants in its operational area and is proactive in controlling invasive flora and fauna, so native species get a better chance to flourish.
That includes setting up and monitoring stoat and possum traps on course so the pesky critters don’t eat the natives (plants or birds) as part of ongoing work with the newly-formed Wakatipu Wildlife Trust.