The Southern Hemisphere's only Via Ferrata - Queenstown:
The Rung-way is one of the newer outdoor activity adventures in Queenstown:
What is the Rung-way or Via Ferrata? Via Ferrata is Italian, meaning "the Iron way". It is a carefully constructed route of rungs, ladders and wire ropes that gives almost anyone the chance to inspire themselves and experience some of the region's most majestic landscape.
Via Ferrata is an ideal way for less experienced people to enjoy some spectacular situations in the mountains - situations which would normally only be accessible to expert climbers and mountaineers.
There's nothing like exertion and adrenaline to add another dimension to a fantastic view. And the only Via Ferrata in the Southern Hemisphere is located right here in Queenstown.
It is an awesome fun and exciting way to access some of the best views in the world. Like many adventure activities, Via Ferrata has its roots in historic practice.
Via Ferrata ('iron roads' or 'iron ways') were created early last century to move troops and others not necessarily skilled at climbing across Mountainous alpine regions. The Rung Way Via Ferrata Queenstown is an inspirational climbing experience in a majestic landscape. Routes constructed of rungs, ladders and wire ropes make the rocky cliffs and grassy ledges high above the resort accessible to anyone of moderate fitness.
The high points of New Zealand's scenery have just become more accessible. Formally the playground of only the fittest, most experienced climbers, the rocky cliff faces and grassy ledges above Queenstown are now an essential part of the Southern Lakes experience.
Via Ferrata is a fully guided experience:
Personal attention and small groups means you don't get left hanging around waiting. And because the starting point is less than five minutes drive from the centre of Queenstown, you can be kitted out and going in less than 15 minutes. It''s very safe:
At all times you are attached by a harness and two Carabineers to a sophisticated system of stanchions and cables and led by experienced guides. Further description down page. No previous experience is required. This is not rock climbing. What you do need is good balance, sturdy footwear, sturdy clothing, and a reasonable level of fitness. Full safety equipment is supplied and complete instruction given before you start.