Our climbs utilise a via ferrata system to ensure safety and to make the activity achievable for most people.

Via Ferrata means “iron road” in Italian. It’s the name given to a series of iron steps fixed into a rock face. With the use of a safety cable this allows anyone with a decent level of fitness to scale heights normally accessible only to experienced rock climbers.

You’ll find via ferrata at various locations around the world, particularly in Europe where the sport is extremely popular. Our climbing adventure rises over 300 vertical metres to awe-inspiring views over the town and the mighty Lake Wakatipu.

First, our expert guides will kit you out and provide full instruction so you’ll be confident and comfortable before you start your adventure. Then, it’s a 2 minute drive to the start of a climbing experience that’s truly uplifting.

We have 12 routes to the top, each with different degrees of difficulty. While the climbing course is physically demanding, we ensure every step is taken with maximum safety.

For pure, exhilarating adventure in the heart of Queenstown, our climbing via ferrata adventure gives you the chance to go above average, beyond boring and up to the heights of inspiration.


The popularity of via ferrata really grew from the mid 1840’s when alpine tourism and exploration in the European Alps expanded. Peaks that were previously only accessible to the brave and skilful few, were soon opened up to everyday people seeking challenge and adventure.

Via Ferrata was also used extensively during the first World War to move troops in the Dolomite Mountain ranges of Italy. Now there are over 1000 via ferrata climbing routes, with the majority of them in Europe. It has become an incredibly popular tourism activity for the “adventurists at heart” person who enjoys the outdoors.

The Queenstown via ferrata was the first to be established in the Southern Hemisphere and takes advantage of Queenstown’s stunning alpine scenery, providing 12 challenging climbing routes of varying length and difficulty for you to conquer.



The starting point is located 2 minutes drive from Queenstown. Transport is provided.

Harnesses, helmets, via ferrata leashes.

Our climbing trips can be conducted in most weather conditions. We may cancel or modify any trips in the interest of safety.

A warm layer, water and sturdy, grippy footwear. We don’t suggest wearing rings as these may scratch on the metal rungs.
Valuables can be left at our Adventure Centre Base.

Yes it is possible. Any fall will be stopped by the via ferrata leashes which are attached to the steel cable. As long as you have followed instructions from your guide, you will be securely clipped in the entire climb. The via ferrata system is designed to reduce the probability of falling and to minimise the consequences should a fall occur.

Yes, if necessary, there are a number of exit routes available.

Please contact us if anyone weighs 40 kg or under so that we can assess suitability.

Yes. We can organise trips to suit all your needs. Climbing is perfect for groups, team building and corporate events.

No, but we do recommend that you have a a moderate level of fitness and are comfortable with heights.

Glasses and sunglasses are OK. We recommend a sports strap or a tie so you don’t lose them.

24 hours notice of cancellation in order to receive a full refund. For any reason we should cancel a trip we will provide a full refund.

Yes. It must be taken at your own risk and be securely fastened to your body.

Our guides take photos during your trip which will be available for purchase but please keep in mind that photos are being taken in a challenging environment and may not all turn out.

We also offer a Go Pro rental service or you can bring your own but it must be mounted to your helmet at all times.

No. Our climbing routes are not accessible to the public as there is not an appropriate place for a spectator to watch safely.


Martin from TripAdvisor and have relaunched as Canyon Explorers. Same epic team, same amazing adventures