The adventure junkies guide to New Zealand

Skytower, Auckland, New zealand

New Zealand offers some of the most exciting and crazy adrenaline activities to get your heart racing. New Zealand’s extreme activities range from plunging off a bridge with a rubber band, to navigating your way through braided rivers and down extreme ski slopes. 

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While in Auckland, we recommend the infamous bungy jump from the Auckland Sky Tower.  Auckland’s Sky Tower is 328 metres high, making it the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand, offering astonishing views in every direction spanning up to 80km.  Bungy jumping from here involves a a 192 metre fall straight down and will qualify you as a true daredevil. If base jumping attached to a wire isn’t quite your scene, alternatively you can admire the spectacular views of Auckland while Sky Walking around the edge of the Sky Tower’s pergola, a 192 meter high platform. While here, you could also dine at Orbit – a 360-degree revolving restaurant.

SkyJump, Auckland, New Zealand

On your way from Auckland to Wellington (or vis versa) we recommend a stop over in Hawkes Bay, Rotorua and/or the Bay of Plenty.  The beautiful Hawkes Bay is typically famous on the world stage for its award-winning wines but it is also the home of Mountain Valley Adventure Lodge. Mountain valley Adventure Lodge has a range of outdoor activities including horse treks, rafting, mountain biking and paint-ball. You can also find a Zorbing in Rotorua or the Bay of Plenty. This is a new craze in New Zealand that involves a large inflated plastic ball in which you roll down a large hill reaching speeds of up to 30 kilometres per hour. If you need the added thrill, you can have the option of being soaked while in the Zorb or joining your mate bouncing in the Zorb!

Zorb, Rotorua, New Zealand

White water rafting is another high-thrill activity that New Zealand has to offer. Rafting rivers in the North Island are mostly located on the central East Coast areas of the Bay of Plenty (near Rotorua) and also in Hawke’s Bay. These rivers are graded 1-5 depending on your desire for white-knuckles and turbulent rapids. Some rafting companies offer a combined helicopter and rafting experience. You may also have the opportunity to try black water rafting through underground caves. New Zealand has it all!

Rafting rivers in the North Island, New Zealand

While Wellington has much to offer, it is not necessarily the adventure capital of New Zealand. However, you can still get an adrenaline rush here by visiting Adrenaline forest. This is located a short drive from the CBD and is a multi-level aerial obstacle cause that is sure to get your heart racing. Another popular activity to enjoy the outdoors on the steps of Wellington (45 minutes from the CBD) is to do a quad bike expedition. These trips can range from an hour – 2 days and are guided off-road quad bike expeditions over the rugged coastal environment. Alternatively, for a simple and cheaper option, don’t miss joining the kids at the infamous Wellington Harbour jumping platform!

Once you make your way down south and have perhaps battled the rough Cook Straight Ferry crossing from Wellington, we recommend paragliding in Christchurch. Queenstown then offers endless opportunities for sky diving and skiing and snowboarding. Queenstown is known internationally for its spectacular and unique skiing and snowboarding slopes so this is an experience that should not be missed! It is a skiers paradise with four ski fields, a vibrant ski culture, exuberant night-life and a buzzing alpine resort town.

Nzone Skydive, Queenstown, New Zealand

Treble Cone Snowboard, South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand also offers many climbing opportunities to experience the spectacular scenery and get your blood pumping. Most climbing in New Zealand is done in Westland, Mount Cook, Mount Aspiring, Arthur’s Pass and Fiordland national parks, all based in the Southern Alps.

Matukituki, South Island, New Zealand

 

The adventure junkies guide to New Zealand was last modified: February 2nd, 2017 by Alienor Izri