Twin Falls is a spectacular double waterfall that flows dramatically though a series of pools and free hanging waterfall sections. The falls are located near Treble Cone Ski field and on the road to Mt Aspiring National Park. Their base, and the start of this adventure, is only a few minutes walk from the parking area. The falls are located on private land and the area is well known to outdoor enthusiasts for the high quality rock climbing and spectacular scenery. The waterfalls are beautiful to admire from the roadside, however, once up close, beautiful crystal blue pools, grassy plateaus and dramatic canyoning sections reveal themselves. There are swimming holes, waterfalls to duck under and picnic spots along the way.
The opportunity to explore these falls up close is an exceptional and truly memorable experience for anyone. By using via ferrata systems, this is an easily obtainable opportunity for even the most inexperienced enthusiast as ladder rungs and bridges will be secured to the rock enabling people to access areas that would have until now been too difficult.
There are two tours available. Go Wild – the half day tour climbs the lower section of the falls, which is more gently graded and is easier to travel. The tour finishes at a picnic area, large pool and dramatic 3-wire bridge. Wild Thing - the full day tours carries on from here to the upper sections, which gradually become steeper and lend themselves to those wanting their limits to be pushed, though options for a variety of difficulties exist. Both Tours descend via a walking track.
This adventure has been a dream in the making for over 7 years and we are now proud to make it a reality.
The idea to build a Via Ferrata on Twin Falls, was something that Mark Morrison started envisioning over 7 years ago. As a dreamer and lover of adventure, Mark is always coming up with ideas for amazing adventures. Funnily enough, the idea really began to take shape when searching for an adventurous staff Christmas party idea for the team at Adventure Consultants, where Mark and Laurel were working at the time. Around this time, Mark suggested the idea of building a via ferrata on twin falls to long time friend Martin Wilson of Abseil Access over a beer and Martin immediately showed support for the idea. Mark then spoke to Charlie Ewing, owner of the land and was blown away when Charlie too immediately showed his support. Mark’s Father John thought the idea was brilliant and encouraged Mark and Laurel to go for it… thus beginning Wildwire Wanaka.
This project is a result of Mark’s vision for an exciting adventure operation that is accessible and showcases what he loves so much about Wanaka. Mark’s key roles are operations manager and director of the company as well as the lead guide. Mark has worked in the outdoor industry for over 25 years as an alpine guide and his experience includes leading mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas, Canada, South America, and New Zealand including expeditions to un-climbed mountains in Kyrgstan and high altitude peaks including Nepal’s Ama Dablam at 6,812m. As an experienced mountain guide and expedition leader, Mark has a very good understanding of onsite operations, safety management, leadership and guiding groups. Mark has spent the past 5 years, as part of the sales team at Adventure Consultants a local Wanaka mountaineering company most well known for their expeditions to climb Mt Everest and the Seven Summits Program (climbing the highest mountains on each continent).
Laurel manages this venture with Mark. Her key roles are in Marketing, Sales and Administration and guiding. Laurel’s background includes 7 years of event management and marketing, during which time honed her organisation and management skills. Laurel grew up in Canada’s west coast and has always enjoyed adventures outdoors. She has over 15 years of rock climbing and 4 seasons sea kayak guiding under her belt. Laurel has also completed a Masters Degree in glaciology, spent 2 seasons working in Antarctica as part of a glaciology PHD project.
Mark's father (best known as an international cricketer and media personality) along with his wife Pauline bring enthusiasm, a wealth of knowledge and absolute support to the project. John's career has also included key marketing and event leadership roles as a Wellington City Councillor from 1998 to 2013.
Martin has designed and engineered this project. Martin is a co-founder of Abseil Access – Rope Access Engineering, which provides specialists in rope access engineering to locations and projects that seem inaccessible. He is a qualified engineer and active mountain climber. He helped set up the Industrial Rope Access Association of NZ, formed in 1997. The skills that Martin brings through his extensive rope access and engineering background are a huge asset in terms of safety and design of an excellent product.