Oamaru Zipline Attraction

Oamaru Zipline Attraction

The Oamaru zipline attraction is a proposed dual-zipline experience in the town of Oamaru, New Zealand. The lines will span from the top of the quarry cliffs and run across the inner harbour into Oamaru’s Steampunk Park.

This exciting attraction will be a world-class experience that is an ‘NZ must-do’ for locals and visitors far and wide. With an astonishing 900-meter-long dual zipline, guests will get to experience the thrill of the ride side-by-side. Participants will fly high over the Oamaru Harbour and land safely in the iconic harbourside Steampunk playground.


Waitaki District Council originally engaged with Select Contracts to undertake a tourism attraction strategy for the town. It was during this process of considering various opportunities to enhance or develop existing and new tourism assets for the town when the zipline attraction was first considered. Select Contracts is the main development manager and project management company.

A Revised Design

Earlier design concepts for the zipline raised concerns in relation to its location and proximity to existing sensitive natural assets. As a result, in the revised proposal the location of the landing has changed significantly.

While the original concept designs had the zipline landing on the harbour pier, the new design has the landing in the Steampunk playground. The new location ensures coastal life in the harbour are unaffected by the new attraction. Moving the landing point to the park takes the zipline further away from the Otago Shag colony on Sumpter Wharf. As part of our dedication to developing a sustainable attraction, our team has engaged and continues to engage with an ecologist to advise on all ecological aspects of the development.

We have listened to and acknowledged responses to the Oamaru zipline attraction and continue to welcome input. In addition, we have proposed a revised design that will add value to the existing landscape, that will be respectful to natural assets and pay homage to the town’s embraced steampunk style.

Benefits to Oamaru from the Zipline Attraction

  • The addition of an exciting, 900-metre dual zipline experience. Each zipline runs parallel to the other, allowing for two people to ride side-by-side simultaneously.
  • The creation of new tourism jobs;
  • An attraction that will stimulate visitation to the existing park and will boost visitation to adjacent hospitality and retail offerings;
  • A year-round operation that will open up opportunities for further complimentary tourism developments in the area;
  • An attraction that does not have any negative impact on existing activity within the harbour;
  • A steampunk-themed base attraction and ticketing office.

Our Engagement Promise

Our hope is for this attraction to be one that is embraced by the local community and visitors alike, so if you have any feedback or queries about the project, please email us at oamaruzip@selectcontracts.com, or complete our survey – we’d love to hear from you!

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