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Lord of the Rungs Waterfall Climb from Wanaka | Level 3

Wanaka, New Zealand

Climb behind a waterfall, through spectacular vertical cliffs and finish by helicopter

Duration5-7 hrs
Start & End Time
Start & End Time10am
Start & End Location
Start & End LocationTwin Falls Waterfall
Max Group Size
Max Group Size8
Fitness Level
Fitness LevelHigh

Lord of the Rungs Waterfall Climb from Wanaka | Level 3 Highlights

  • Get up to 10% cash back per person when you book with us!
  • Climb 450m vertical alongside incredible waterfalls

  • Lunch provided

  • Cross 7 suspension bridges

  • Climb behind a 60m waterfall

  • All climbing & safety equipment for a secure and enjoyable climb

  • Breathtaking helicopter ride for a luxurious and awe-inspiring journey

  • Knowledgeable guides ensuring safety and enhancing your journey


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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get there?

Please make your own way to the waterfall: If you do not have your own transport, please contact (info@wildwire.co.nz) for pickup from the i-Site in Wanaka. This must be booked in advance.

Please meet us at Wildwire, Twin Falls Waterfall, Wanaka-MtAspiring Rd, Wanaka

If you enter "WILDWIRE" into your GPS, this will get you started.

GETTING TO THE WATERFALL: Wildwire is located approximately a 20-minute drive from Wanaka, just before the Treble Cone Ski field entrance gate.

  • Leaving Wanaka, travel west on Wanaka-Mt Aspiring Road for approximately 20 minutes

  • You will see 2 giant waterfalls on your left

  • You will go over a cattle stop

  • Turn left immediately after the cattle stop and wait at the locked gate directly in front of the waterfalls

  • You will see a NO ENTRY sign on the gate

  • Wait here, your guide will meet you outside the gate at your designated time

If you hit gravel roads or the ski field gates, you have gone too far. Here is a link: "Directions to Wildwire from Wanaka"

Please note: there is no longer have a town office. Please contact the tour operator by phone or email if you need to get in touch.

You will get wet! Get up close and personal with the waterfall by climbing then abseiling/rappelling Twin Falls Canyon.


Climbing time is approximately 1-2 hours in addition to Level 1 and Level 2 duration. Descent is in a helicopter!


  • Hiking clothes - avoid cotton/jeans which make you colder when wet. Clothes designed for outdoor/ exercise are best e.g. polypropylene, thermal, Quick-dry, and wool are all good choices

  • Extra layers - think rain jacket, wind shell, fleeces

  • A full water bottle

  • Sturdy shoes with some grip - avoid street shoes with no tread

  • Small backpack

  • Rain jacket


  • Fingerless gloves such as bike gloves

  • Small camera/GoPro

  • Sunglasses

  • Sun protection (long sleeves and sunblock)

  • Something to swim in (if you love cold water!)

  • A small towel (if you plan to dunk yourself in the waterfall)

  • Extra snacks if you are feeling hungry

Every outdoor activity has an element of risk. We operate in a mountain environment and there are risks that are out of our control.


Canyoning also adds an element of risk in dealing with water. Your safety on the trip is our highest priority.


Our guides are experienced, professional, and qualified to run all activities. You will get a full safety briefing before the trip starts and difficult tasks will be demonstrated to make sure you understand what we want you to do.


The gear is of a high standard and subject to regular inspections.

Contact lenses are fine, make sure you bring a spare set.


Glasses are not ideal but can be worn if they are attached with a strap and please bring a hard case. We can’t take responsibility for loss or damage to your glasses.

We have GoPro mounts on some of our helmets you can use at your own risk, but any other cameras are not permitted (they will get very wet and can easily get damaged or lost).

No. Our Canyon is a commercially run tour only and is located on private land.


For Health and Safety reasons, people may not access the canyon without a guide.


Safety is our top priority, for this reason, any persons accessing the land without permission will be presented with a trespass order. 


Min. 45kg, Max. 110kg. The maximum waist measurements for our harnesses are 140cm, and the upper thigh is 80cm.

Our size/weight restrictions are defined by our manufacturer's recommendations for our safety equipment. We recommend those over 100kg have good strength and general fitness.



Min. 120cm, Max. none.


Wetsuit Sizes:

The tour operator has wetsuits available that range from adult-size XS to XL. If you think you might be outside of this size range, feel free to bring along your own wetsuit!

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Wildwire Wanaka
Twin Falls Wanaka Mount Aspiring Road, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand