MistRider Zipline, Canada
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You’ve never seen one of the world’s wonders from this angle before. Experience the roaring rush of Niagara Fall as a bird might, by taking a precarious zip-line journey across 670 metres of this stunning gorge, reaching speeds of up to over 70 kilometres per hour. Dangling 67 metres above the mighty waters, you’ll feel as though you’re heading over the edge of the world yourself.
Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours, Queensland
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Experience the vast variety of ecosystems in the Daintree’s Jurassic rainforest by strapping in and letting go with a Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour. Traversing everything from treetops to creeks and forest floor, this extensive tour is a series of seven zip-lines connected by six tree-hugging bridges and walkways, covering some serious ground among the wilds of Cape Tribulation.
Jebel Jais Flight, UAE
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The UAE already boasts the world’s highest urban zip-line (44 floors among the towering skyscrapers of Dubai) but can now proudly add the world’s longest zip-line to its list of adventurous accolades. In Ras Al Khaimah – one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE – you’ll find a zip-line reaching nearly three kilometres over a canyon with a falcon-shaped launch platform hanging at a seemingly precarious 1680 metres above sea level.
La Tyrolienne Zip Wire, France
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Only a select few – namely skiers and snowboarders – can take part in this alp-skimming zip-line. Strung from as high as 3230 metres in the air (we are in the French Alps, after all), it takes just 105 seconds to reach the end platform, a still-stunning 3000 metres above sea level. Considering your journey can reach up 100 kilometres per hour, you’ll be at the finish line in a snow-dusted jiffy.
Icy Strait Point, Alaska
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If soaring 300 metres above a smooth lake and dense alpine rainforest is your idea of a good time, then this zip-line should top your list. Families will love the option of pitting up to six members against each other in the same run, while solo adventurers have plenty to make their dive worthwhile: that view over the Icy Strait alone is reason enough.
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As the world’s first pier-to-shore zip-line, you can be certain this 250-metre ride isn’t like other offerings. Beginning 25 metres offshore on the Bournemouth Pier, two parallel wires are set up to rocket down to the beach for a sandy dismount. Saddle up with a friend or family member and race them to the bottom.
Dragon’s Breath Flight Line, Haiti
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With its clear, shimmering waters and white sand edges, Haiti’s port of Labadee isn’t the first place you’d expect daredevils to visit. Looming 150 metres above the beach however is the launch pad for the Dragon Breath Flight Line – a zip-line that carries faux flyers down a 790 metres route at over 80 kilometres per hour, landing at Dragon’s Breath Rock.
EcoZip Adventures, Auckland
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There are three zip-line options at EcoZip Adventures – one that sweeps you over the picturesque syrah vineyards of Waiheke Island, another that displays Auckland and its surrounding harbour gloriously in your path and a third that really raises the heart rate (think steep, fast and long – all the requirements for a thrilling zip-line).
Hocking Hills, Ohio
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Nature lovers will get an additional thrill while cruising through the treetops of Hocking Hill in Ohio. In between the zip-lines and sky bridges, the 2.4-kilometre trail through the Hocking Hills State Park is punctuated with information from helpful guides on local flora and fauna, all of which you can observe from your viewpoint up to 20 metres above the ground.
Slotzilla Zip-Line, Las Vegas
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Inspired by the city’s ubiquitous slot machine, there are two ways to shoot past the bright lights of Sin City with Slotzilla. Zip-line is the first, which begins from seven storeys up and carries thrillseekers across two city blocks in the standard seated position. Then, there’s Zoomline – from 11 storeys high (35 metres), across five blocks and journeying under the world’s biggest LED screen, you’ll glide through all the bright lights of Vegas, flying in an exhilarating “superhero” position. It’s win win.
Treetop Crazy Rider, TreeTops, Central Coast
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Who said zip-lines have to run in straight lines? Combining the thrill of a rollercoaster and the exhilaration of a zip-line, TreeTop Crazy Rider is a swooping, twisting track that zooms through the canopies of the Central Coast bush. There are three options for high flyers: the Pioneer (at 330 metres long), the Xtreme (at one kilometre long) and the combination of both.
Skyline Akaka Falls, Hawaii
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There may be seven choices of zip-line rigged up at Skyline Eco Adventures but there are two clear highlights. The first is the cable that transports you 75 metres above the gushing Kolekole waterfall, engulfed in lush tropical jungle. The second is the course’s final wire that leads you across a 137-metre-wide canyon where a waterfall rages right beneath your free-hanging toes.
Tree Limin’ Extreme Zipline, US Virgin Islands
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Most zip-lines are true to their name: zipping into the distance in mere minutes. The canopy zip-line tour on the Virgin Island of St. Thomas is different, however. Rather than one long zip-line, the course atop St. Peter Mountain is actually a series of wires skipping among the area’s treetops. Up to two and half hours after you first take off, you’ll still be sailing through all manner of rainforest, admiring the idyllic cerulean waters from above.
Zip Flyer, Highground Adventures, Nepal
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If you’re of the ilk that a little scare never hurt anyone, you’ll be right at home atop Kathmandu’s Zipflyer. Boasting the titles of the tallest and steepest zip-line in the world, Zipflyer is certainly not for the faint of heart. Almost two kilometres long, dropping 600 metres and reaching a hair-whipping speed of up to 120 kilometres per hour, it’s probably the closest you’ll ever get to flying.
Zip World, Wales
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Reaching speeds of a staggering 160 kilometres (and occasionally requiring mini parachutes for users), the Velocity zip-line is the fastest in the world. Jetting over a vast quarry with views of Anglesey hovering in the distance, the last thing you’ll keep your eyes on is the finish line – lightning speed or not.