Experience life in the trees

Professionally run ropes courses, perfect for adventurous team- building activities

Get adventurous and enjoy team activities in our ropes course, set up amongst the trees in the Waihōanga Forest. The course has both low and high ropes options – so both beginners and more confident visitors can get stuck in straight away.

We welcome all groups at the ropes course – so bring your friends, school groups, family or colleagues. Prices depend on group size and specific requirements and interests.

The ropes course has its own private access so can be hired for half or full day activities, completely independently from any lodge bookings. Alternatively, you can make the ropes experience a unique part of your stay at the Waihōanga Centre.

In safe hands

As well as being one of the owners at Waihōanga, Andy has over ten years experience working as a “level 3” industrial abseiler and another ten working as a professional sailor in high latitudes and on youth training vessels. He is not only comfortable at height, but has spent most of his professional life dangling off ropes, attached to lighthouses, tall buildings, and the masts of tall ships and yachts. He also has extensive experience in commercial health and safety operations associated with these activities.

Building on this experience, Andy has oversight of the ropes course and works closely with all instructors who work at Waihōanga. Half day and full day programmes are available, which can be tailored to suit the needs, experience and goals of the individuals and groups.

All safety equipment including harnesses, helmets, ropes and belay devices are provided. The ropes course is audited every year by Project Adventure New Zealand.

The ropes course in the Waihoanga Forest has both a high a low ropes area.

The high ropes course has nine activities, described here.

The low ropes area is great for younger visitors and those with little or no experience, or who might be uneasy at height. It’s a great opportunity to get comfortable on the ropes and try out some of the activities close to the ground!