The Treetop Walk opened its doors on 15 December 2012. The West Coast Treetop Walkway site was once part of the farmland that surrounds it. It only took 5 months from excavation to opening to complete.
The Walkway was made in Australia over one month and then brought over to the West Coast and put in place with cranes, using 13,500 bolts! It took only 6 weeks to put it all together.
The structure was based on 4 previous structures designed by the same engineer and architect team.
The other structures include Valley of the Giants, Tahune, Otway Fly and Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk, all located in Australia.
About the Zipline
The West Coast Tower Zipline spans 425m in length, and its speed is in excess of 60km/hr. The Zipline height is 45m or 15 storeys above the ground, with a ride time of 40 seconds.
The West Coast Tree Top Walk and Tower Zipline is a must-do for everyone from 6 to 106 years of age. It is an exciting, educational and must-do attraction for any traveller.
Your two-hour adventure commences at the West Coast Tree Top Visitor Centre. Meet your highly trained and knowledgeable guide and get geared up and ready for an experience of a lifetime!
From here, your guide will take you along the tree-top structure, enjoying and learning about the unique surrounding Rimu rainforest. Climb the 106 steps to the top of the spiral tower. Hook up with a friend on the tandem ziplines and be prepared to have your breath taken away as you both step off into the sky 45m or 15 storeys above the ground.
Fly through the Rimu tree-tops at speeds in excess of 60km/hour for 425 metres cheering your friend on before landing right back where you both started. Catch your breath, and if you wish, relax at the café or take your time and explore the Tree Top Walk and surrounding rimu rain forest at your own leisurely pace.