Welcome

Welcome to the Waihōanga 'Wild Things' Forest Ropes Course. It is in this magical forest we invite you to hop into your adventurous wild side and enjoy the delights, discomfort and exhilaration of stepping out of your everyday moments into a new breathtaking experience. The ropes course is found up in the Waihōanga Pine forest and is a magnificent location to share fun and adventure with your friends, family and/or work members. The Otaki River is only a short bush walk away so you can cool off after your days activities.

* The Wild Things Ropes Course Calendar with dates available is at the bottom of this page


 Challenges

The elements (various activities) can produce powerful memories and provoke deep thoughts and emotions, while challenging physical abilities. Most activities teach balance, coordination, and concentration along with a great sense of confidence, positive view of self, and leaping beyond the barriers of perceived limits. The degree of difficulty (mental, physical, and emotional) found within the element is dependent upon the level at which each person challenges themselves. These activities can parallel actual life experiences in such a way that can teach individuals to face new challenges with a deeper understanding of how to cope and triumph over a diversity or difficulty. 

 

Safety

A team of qualified instructors takes you through a day or half day programme depending on what you are wanting and the lodge is also available for hire if your group is wanting to stay the night. All safety equipment including harnesses, helmets, ropes and belay devices are provided along with one qualified instructor to every 6 people. The instructors are certified and registered to take you and your group through the elements with guidance, safety and assurance.

The Ropes course has had its yearly audit by Project Adventure New Zealand and every element mentioned below has been signed off as green which means they have passed an acceptable level of wear and meets current ACCT Standards for inspection and manufacturer’s recommendations. 

Pricing & Enquiries 

Prices depend on group size and the specific requirements of the group. We welcome all types of groups to utilise the course including, business groups, schools, families & private gatherings.

The Ropes Course can be hired separately to the lodge as it is in its own private location.  Alternatively, you can rent the lodge for accommodation for your group. For more information regarding hiring the lodge Click here

For more information please phone us here at Waihōanga 063643202. 

Below we have illustrated the various `elements' that you will experience when on the ropes course with both a high and low ropes course available. 


 

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Forest High 

Ropes

The Forest High Ropes Adventure Course consists of nine elements which are suitable for a range of ages and abilities. Professional instructors provide a safe environment for groups to experience a range of challenges planned specifically for the intention of the group.  

The Beam
 
The Beam (also known as the Cat Walk) consists of a horizontally positioned log suspended between two poles.  The belay cable is positioned horizontally above the log and at approximately 3 metres above the log.
 
The challenge for the participant is to climb to and traverse the log as far as possible or desired.

  

The Centipede
 
The Centipede consists of a series of vertically suspended 100mm x 100mm planks of wood which have randomly placed 12mm staples to provide foot and hand holds.  A separate belay is located on a separate cable above the Centipede. 

The challenge is for the participant to climb using the staples as points of contact for their feet and hands.

  

The Dangle Duo
 
The Dangle Duo consists of a vertically oriented timber ladder suspended from an overhead cable.  The timber rungs are 100mm x 100mm H3 dressed timber.  A separate belay cable is suspended above the uppermost log. 

The challenge for the single participant or pair is to climb the ladder using only the support of the logs and/or the other participant.  Use of the side cables for climbing is discouraged. 

The Multivine

 
The Multivine consists of a single, tensioned foot cable with a series of multi-vine ropes suspended from an overhead cable, positioned just beyond the average persons’ reach.  A horizontal belay cable is placed above the Multivine cable. 

The challenge for the single participant or pairs is to walk across the foot cable using the various support vines for aid. 

The Flying Kiwi
 
The Flying Kiwi consists of a single belay cable attached to which is a black free wheel pulley and back-up. The activity provides an opportunity for individuals to be raised off the ground while being lifted by their group who are either attached to, or pulling on the other end of the rope. Participants can choose to be raised in the vertical plane, or start from behind the overhead cable and run up to four paces. 

The Challenge
The Vertical Play Pen
 
 
The Vertical Play Pen consists of a variety of challenges on the upwards climb.  From the bottom these are: a section of the centipede hung vertically, a horizontal 100mm x 100mm piece of wood, 1 vertical tyre (guyed at 2 o’clock and 10 o’clock); a short section of horizontally hung rope 20mm long (can be removed), 2 vertical tyres (one above the other) and finally, a horizontally hung tyre.
 

The challenge for the partners is to climb upwards over the obstacles to end sitting in the horizontal tyre.  The activity can be attempted by single participants. 

Burma Bridge 

The Burma Bridge stands out as the easiest high element physically and mentally. It is constructed with a foot cable and a cable for each hand.

The challenge

The Postie’s Walk (Two Line Bridge)
 
The Postie’s Walk consists of two parallel offset lines strung horizontally (1 foot cable and 1 hand rope) approximately one meter apart between poles.  A belay cable is oriented above the hand line, in line with the foot cable. 

The challenge for the participant is to climb to the element and traverse across, with the lower cable serving as the foot cable, and the hand rope providing support for the hands. Access is from the Beam side of the tree.  Care needs to be taken in securing access ladder as level ground is limited.  Belayer needs to have a secure stance on the sloping ground. 

Cargo Net 

The Cargo Net consists of a large net strung between two trees and is an excellent high element for all ages and abilities. The Cargo Net is challenging but has so many options for climbing. Unlike a Rock Wall, you always have a hand hold and a foot hold which makes it simpler, but no less of a challenge.

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Forest Low 

Ropes

The Forest Low Ropes Adventure Course consists of eight elements which are suitable for a range of ages and abilities. 

The Chicken Walk

The Chicken Walk consists of two parallel cables strung between low posts upon which participants traverse.

The Challenge for the participant(s)

 

The Faux Pas

The Faux Pas consists of a single tensioned foot cable, a diagonal rope connected from a support pole to the foot cable and two free hanging ropes (called vines) suspended from an overhead cable.
 
The challenge for the participant(s) is to traverse across the foot cable using the ropes for support.

 The Hickory Jump

The Hickory Jump consists of a trapeze bar suspended from two hanging wires attached to an overhead cable. The participant starts on a series of wooden steps graduated for height and distance directly back from and facing the trapeze. 

The challenge for the participant is to dive forward in an attempt to catch the trapeze. Attempts continue from progressively distant steps for as long as the participant chooses and/or until the participant misses the trapeze and is caught by attentive spotters.

The Low Multivine
 
The Low Multivine consists of a single tensioned foot cable with a series of ropes (called vines) suspended from an overhead cable. The vines are positioned to be just beyond the reach of most people. The Low Multivine is a very challenging solo activity and an achievable partner activity. 

The challenge for the participant(s) is to traverse across the foot cable using the various vines for support.

  

The Triangular Tension Traverse
 
The Tension Traverse consists of one or a series of three cables strung between poles and trees at a height of no more than half a metre above the ground. This forms either a single line Tension Traverse (one cable and one handrope suspended at the beginning), the low Southern Crossing (one cable and  two suspended handropes allowing use as a partner challenge) or a Triangular Tension Traverse (three cables in the shape of a triangle with one or more hand ropes suspended at the apex of the triangle).  The participants have a choice of two rope heights, one high and one low.  The lower height is more challenging than the higher of the two.
 

The challenge  is for a single or pair participant to traverse along the cable as far as possible or desired using the rope as support. 

The Trust Fall
 
The Trust Fall incorporates the Hickory Jump diving platform from which the participants fall backwards into the arms of spotters. The Trust Fall requires one "faller" and a minimum of eight spotters/"catchers". 

The Challenge of the trust fall is for the participant to call on their inner trust, having faith that they will be caught by their peers.

  

The Wild Woosey

The Wild Woosey consists of two tightly strung cables close to the ground and starting at the same point which progress outwards to end points approximately 5 metres apart.
 

The challenge is for the two participants (one on each cable) to traverse the diverging cables maintaining physical contact to a point where they can no longer continue or they reach the far support trees. 

The Criss Cross
 
The Criss Cross consists of two tightly strung and intersecting cables located close to the ground upon which participants traverse.

The Challenge for the participant(s)

 

Pricing & Enquiries 

Prices depend on group size and the specific requirements of the group. We welcome all types of groups to utilise the course including, business groups, schools, families & private gatherings.

The Ropes Course can be hired separately to the lodge as it is in its own private location.  Alternatively you can rent the lodge for accommodation for your group. For more information regarding hiring the lodge Click here

For more information please phone us here at Waihōanga 063643202. 

We look forward to seeing you out here with the Wild Things!