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New Zealand is the home of bungy jumping, and therefore can be found throughout
the country, each offering something a little different. The most famous
Hackett Bungy, with 5 different jump sites in and around Queenstown.
Rotorua, Taupo and Hanmer Springs also offer bungy jumping, and in Auckland
you can bungy jump off the Harbour Bridge, or even jump off the Sky Tower
- the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere! Queenstown also features
the Bungy Rocket, where you are fired skywards at 160 kph, as does Auckland.
canoeing & kayaking
New Zealand's beaches, lakes, and rivers provide a wealth of kayaking
and canoeing activities. Guided sea kayaking trips are available throughout
New Zealand, and are particularly popular in the Hauraki Gulf and the
Bay of Islands in the North Island, and in the Abel
Tasman National Park, Marlborough Sounds, and Fiordland in the South
caving & canyoning
New Zealand is known to have some of the most challenging caving systems
in the world. In the North Island the best known area is near Waitomo
in the central region. The famous Waitomo Caves offer an easily accessible
cave attraction for visitors who want to look at limestone formations
more difficult caves for more experienced and confident cavers, or try
In the Tasman Mountains, north-west of Nelson, are some of the world's
largest and deepest caving systems, many of which are still to be explored.
Nearby on the Takaka Hill (Marble Mountain) is Harwoods Hole, one of the
world's largest sinkholes.
Canyoning is like being at a water park in New Zealand native bush. Take
on the challenge of this unique water and rock adventure and you will
find yourself plunging down water-polished chutes and abseiling waterfalls.
Canyoning is available in Auckland, Wanaka and Canterbury.
For an alpine climbing adventure head straight to the South Island's Southern
Alps. This spectacular mountain range contains the highest peaks in Australasia.
Most climbing is done in Westland, Mount Cook, Mount Aspiring, Arthur's
Pass and Fiordland national parks, all based in the Southern Alps. Commercial
guides are available and specialist companies run courses covering a range
of climbing experiences.
has a wealth of abseiling opportunities, including mountain and sea cliff
activities. At Waitomo, in the central North Island, you can abseil into
the spectacular canyons of the Haggis
Honking Holes, plunging down water chutes and waterfalls to swim,
slide and float through a wonderland of sculptured rock and thundering
cycling & mountain biking
New Zealand is the perfect place for a cycling or mountain bike adventure.
The mild climate makes it ideal for cycling all the year round. Many New
Zealand towns and cities are ideal for exploring by bike, and you'll find
it easy and inexpensive to hire a bike and a helmet for just a few hours,
or a whole day.
who want a more rugged adventure, New Zealand's hilly terrain makes it
a fabulous mountain bike playground! There's a growing number of specially
designed mountain bike tracks, as well as many single and 4WD (four-wheel
drive) tracks through beautiful native bush. If you want even more of
a challenge, try alpine heli-biking or cycle up one of the many firebreaks
you'll see on New Zealand's steep hills!
With a long, often indented coastline of almost 18,000km, New Zealand
is a diver's paradise. Many of New Zealand's prime diving spots are just
offshore, offering easy access. One of the best spots is the crystal-clear
waters of the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, and considered by the
late Jacques Cousteau to be one of the world's top five diving locations.
Other popular areas are the sheltered Bay of Islands, four hours drive
north of Auckland; and in the South Island, the dramatic fiords of Fiordland,
and Stewart Island.
fly by wire
A great kiwi invention is the exhilarating Fly by Wire - the world's fastest
adventure ride. Fly by Wire lets you be the pilot of a high-speed craft.
Just put on the goggles and gloves, strap yourself in, and fly! The plane
is connected to an overhead suspension wire, so cannot go out of control.
You steer and control the acceleration during your six-minute flight.
You can fly as high and fast as you want, and in any direction. There
are Fly by Wire sites in Wellington and Queenstown.
gliding & parapenting
Experience the sublime sensation of powerless flight as you soar above
the spectacular and breathtaking scenery of New Zealand. For visitors
who just want a casual experience of gliding, there are around 23 clubs
throughout New Zealand where fully qualified instructors can take you
out in a two-seater training glider.
Soar above breathtaking landscapes as you combine the exciting activities
of hang-gliding and parachuting. If you are new to parapenting, special
instruction is given and you can take a tandem flight with an experienced
instructor. The alpine resort of Queenstown is the prime spot for parapenting,
with the rugged Remarkables range and Lake Wakatipu providing a stunning
horse riding & treks
Operators the length of the country run half day, full day and longer
guided treks on New Zealand's beaches, farms, forests, scrublands and
high country. Some great locations to try are riding across the highlands
of the volcanic plateau in the central North Island, along the sandy beaches
of Pakiri, north of Auckland, through the tussock grasslands of the South
Island's high country, and around the old mining settlements of the Otago
hot air ballooning
For a touch of romantic adventure, try a peaceful flight in a hot air
balloon. Hot air balloon operators can be found at six locations through
out New Zealand. In Auckland, you will find yourself drifting above the
suburban homes of Auckland City and looking out towards the island-studded
Hauraki Gulf. Other flights will take you above lush farmland areas, rivers
and lakes. In the South Island, the imposing Southern Alps present an
impressive snow-capped backdrop for hot
air balloons departing from Christchurch, drifting above the sprawling
patchwork of the Canterbury Plains.
hunting & shooting
For some of the finest trophy hunting in the world, come to New Zealand.
Large animals hunted include several types of deer (including red, fallow
and sika), chamois, tahr, pigs, wallabies and goats, all of which were
introduced to New Zealand. In most cases hunting helps keep numbers in
check and benefits the environment. A professional guide is recommended
due to New Zealand's forests and mountains being quite physically demanding,
and the unpredictable weather.
A Jet boat ride will take you powering through narrow river gorges, almost
brushing against sheer rock faces; or planing through mere centimetres
of water navigating the water channels and shingle banks of braided rivers.
Some of the most exhilarating jet boat trips are available near Queenstown
and Canterbury. Other areas include rivers in the South Island's Buller
and Makarora regions; and in the North Island, on the Rangitaiki River,
the Whanganui River and the Waikato
River below the Huka Falls.
New Zealand offers a variety of rafting options, with different excitement
levels and trip lengths. Grade 1 rivers offer fairly tranquil waters,
while grade 5 is regarded as extreme adventure. Trips range from a couple
of hours to five days, and are led by qualified rafting guides. All gear
and special clothing is provided. Rafting rivers in the North Island are
mostly centred on the central East Coast areas of the Bay of Plenty (near
Rotorua) and Hawke's Bay. In the South Island, the main areas are around
the resort of Queenstown
and on the West Coast.
Take to the clear skies above New Zealand's beautiful countryside, and
then jump from the plane in one of the most exhilarating, adrenaline-pumping
thrills you will ever find. If you don't have the experience to jump solo,
you can take lessons or jump in tandem with a qualified instructor. No
previous experience is required for a tandem jump. Look for operators
near Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo, Hastings, Christchurch, Queenstown and
skiing & snowboarding
Internationally renown as a ski destination, New Zealand boasts 12 commercial
ski areas, one Nordic cross-country area, 12 club fields and a host of
heli-skiing operators. For those who come to ski New Zealand, they will
find the variety staggering, the terrain spectacular, and the lines comparatively
The two North Island commercial ski fields, one of which is the country's
largest, are located on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu in the central North
Island. In the South Island, there are four fields centred around Queenstown and Wanaka, together offering some of the finest ski terrain in the world.
In the central South Island is Mount
Hutt, with the longest ski season in the country.
For something truly unique, why not give the kiwi invention of Zorbing
a go. A Zorb is a large inflated plastic sphere, with another sphere inside.
Just strap yourself in, then roll down the hill! You can reach speeds
of up to 50km per hour as you rotate inside an already rotating sphere.
Zorbing is very safe, as there is a cushion of air between you and the
ground. You can try Zorbing at The
Agrodome in Rotorua, or just out of Paihia in the Bay of Islands.
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