Wanaka: 1.5-hour Beginner Iron Road Waterfall Climb

Activity provider: Wildwire Wanaka

Wanaka: 1.5-hour Beginner Iron Road Waterfall Climb

Activity provider: Wildwire Wanaka

From US$ 128.39 per person

Take on a unique climbing experience into the heart of a waterfall, exposing hidden pools and thrilling suspension bridge crossings. Enjoy panoramic views over Wanaka and the surrounding landscapes before traversing back to base along a picturesque trail.

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Duration 3 hours
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Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Enjoy a unique climbing experience up the stunning waterfall of a working farm
  • Explore hidden waterfalls and beautiful pools as you ascend
  • Experience the thrills of crossing suspension bridges and scaling cliffs
  • Take in the beautiful scenery of the New Zealand mountain ranges
Full description
Enjoy a thrilling 1.5-hour introduction to ‘via ferrata’ or ‘iron road’ climbing. This unique experience uses cable, iron rungs, pegs, bridges, and ladders, allowing you to climb routes that may not have been accessible otherwise.  Start your journey in Wanaka town center where you will meet your friendly and experienced guides. Embark on a short 20-minute ride in a minibus through the stunning countryside around Wanaka, to the location of The Twin Falls Waterfalls. After a safety briefing, grab your helmets and harness and prepare for a practice climb over a small rock at the base of the waterfall. Once you have mastered the practice route, join an intimate group of no more than 4 people per guide - ensuring your safety throughout the experience. After a short walk up to the cliffs, the real fun begins. On this beginner route, spend approximately 1 hour scaling vertical and horizontal rock climbs, crossing suspension bridges over pools and discovering hidden waterfalls. At the end of this trail, take the opportunity to stop for a small snack and drink, admiring the stunning panoramic views over farmland, mountains, and Lake Wanaka. If you feel like you're climbing journey is over, begin a 20-minute descent back down the mountain to the base of the waterfall. Your wonderful guides will assist you with your equipment and drive you back to Wanaka Town Centre in the minibus.
  • Expert guide
  • Small snacks and water
  • Climbing safety equipment & safety briefing
  • Introductory training climb
  • Water bottle
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
  • People under 3 ft 9 in (120 cm)
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People over 264 lbs (120 kg)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
Traveler requirements
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Please reach the Wildfire, Twin Falls waterfall. You will see a locked farm gate with the activity provider’s sign on it. Please meet at this gate in front of the waterfalls. From Wanaka town, follow the Wanaka-Mt Aspiring Road west along the lake. Drive towards Treble Cone Ski Field and Mt. Aspiring National Park. After 20-minute there will be a cattle stop. Pull out immediately to the left in front of 2 massive waterfalls.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Water
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Daypack
  • Hiking shoes

Not allowed

  • Open-toed shoes

Know before you go

  • The experience requires a combination of hiking, rock climbing, and walking so it is recommended that you have a moderate level of fitness to participate
  • Please note, participants must have full body mobility
  • You do not need any climbing experience, your expert guides will assist you
  • The minimum age for this experience is 10 years
  • There is an area where you can leave items that you do not need at the base of the waterfall
  • Bring a camera at your own risk, if you have a GoPro it is recommended to attach it to your person
  • It is recommended you arrive at the meeting point at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 6 reviews

Review summary

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Great experience with a challenging adventure.

December 26, 2021

Our group had no climbing experience and was a bit nervous. Katie, our guide, was supportive and encouraging and made us feel brave and kept us safe. This activity was challenging but the huge sense of achievement was so worth it and the views were spectacular.

July 6, 2021

January 30, 2020

Product ID: 176961