Why we LOVE New Zealand? It is the adventure capital of the world, an adrenalin junkies dream, a destination that forces travellers to test their strengths & the best bit about it? the SCENERY!
1. BUNGY JUMP
New Zealand is one of the most popular places in the world to Bungy Jump and many travellers that pass throughout our Base doors will embark on this once in a life time opportunity.
There are ledges, bridges and cliffs to jump from all over New Zealand and here are a few of our favourites:
Queenstown: Queenstown has 3 AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping site to choose from. Kawarau Bridge stands at 43 metres and is home to world's first commercial bungy site. The Ledge Bungy can be found at the top of the Skyline Gondola at 400m above Queenstown with a 47metre rope & last but not least, the Nevis Bungy (probably the most talked about of them all) will have you freefalling 134 metres over a canyon.
Auckland: AJ Hackett was arrested here in 1987 for bungy jumping off Auckland's infamous Harbour Bridge - great views of the city!
Taupo: 47 metres high with the highest water touch in New Zealand - offering stunning views of Waikato River.
Rotorua: Agroventures Park is located in Rotorua and offers a 43 metre bungy from a crane, a Swoop (a swing), the Shweeb (a high speed bike) & the Agrojet.
2. RIVER SURFING
Kawarau River in Queenstown is home to Roaring Meg: Grade 2/3+ White Water Rapids stretching for 6km. River Surfing is probably one of the craziest NZ experiences on offer, that will have you river surfing, riding whirl pools, duck diving & jumping off rock faces on body boards.
Imagine yourself standing at the very top of a mountain overlooking Queenstown, in a body suit, connected to your guide and holding onto nothing but a pole connected to a parachute. Your tandem guide then tells you to run as fast as you can off the edge of the mountain. You do this, and soon you are flying like a bird over the sights of Queenstown. Not to be missed!
Skydiving in New Zealand is on the top of most traveller's bucket lists. There are many Skydiving locations to choose from, most of them offering a 15,000 foot freefall. Our favourites includes: Bay of Islands to get a glimpse of New Zealand’s very north coast, a Skydive over New Zealand’s largest lake (Lake Taupo), Abel Tasman for views of both NZ islands, and Queenstown or Wanaka to experience to take in the views of the snow capped mountains.
If you have yet to do so - New Zealand is the best place to try Canyoning. What does it involve you ask? Swimming, Sliding, Jumping, Ziplining, Abseiling and Trekking through rapids, lakes and canyons. Our favourite day tours depart from Auckland & Queenstown with half day and full day options available.
6. AEROBATIC FLIGHT
Thrill Seeker? Take our advice and try an Aerobatic flight! Wanaka is one of the cheapest places to learn how to fly an aerobatic plane. Here you will get to control the plane through barrel rolls, vertical drops and all kinds of tricks. Prepare to experience the G - Force whilst taking in amazing views of Lake Wanaka.
7. SKYJUMP & SKYWALK
There is no scarier way to take in 360 degree views of Auckland City than by experiencing the Sky Towers SkyJump or Skywalk (or both).
TheSkyjump begins from a platform at the top of Auckland's popular viewing deck and will have you falling at speeds of 85km/hr from 192 metres off the ground. There is also the option to take a SkyWalk around the Sky Tower. You will be strapped to nothing but a 'very secure harness by the way' at the very top of Auckland's tallest tower - stunning views!
There are plently of Jetboat Rides availabel in New Zealand that will have you 360 degreee spinning and whizzing at speeds of up to 80 km/hr – the scary option if you are looking for an adrenalin rush along with a scenic ride through New Zealand’s stunning lakes. Our favs: Auckland, Taupo & Queenstown.
Jump into a HUGE inflatable ball and roll down a hill. Sound like a great idea? Zorb is available in Rotorua in the north island of New Zealand. Choose from: ZORBIT (a dry ride option), ZYDRO (one of our favs – add water to the mix) & ZURF (grab a boogie board and attempt to surf your way down).
10. WHITE WATER RAFTING IN ROTORUA
Rotorua is one of the most popular places in New Zealand to White Water Raft down some pretty epic rapids! Kaitiaki Adventures offer half day adventures along Kaituna River - home to the world's largest commercially rafted vertical rapid - 7m Tutea Falls! Not only is this a thrilling experience - but very cultural. The guides kick off the experience with a Maori welcome song before you journey your way through the raging rapids. Tours can be booked from the Base Rotorua.
11. SHOTOVER CANYON SWING
Do not underestimate the scare factor of the swing! Queenstown’s Canyon Swing is comparable to a Bungy Jump (if not scarier) and is the world’s highest cliff jump. You can choose your freefall (The Chair, Backwards, off a Slide – just to name a few)! The 200m swing will have you freefalling for 60 metres.
12. WAITOMO CAVES
The Waitomo Cave system in the north island of New Zealand is home to the famous NZ Glow Worm and an adventure playground for adults! Our favourite way to explore the cave is Abseil or Tube your way through the underground tunnels and rivers. Don’t forget to look up – the glowing worms will resemble a million fairy lights!
13. ZIPTREK ECOTOURS
One of our favourite Queenstown activities. The tour begins at the top of the Queenstown Skyline Gondola. You will Ziptrek your way from tree to tree to the very bottom of the mountain. Your guides will educate you on Maori culture, local history and the significance of the surrounding environment along the way. FUN!
Many people ask us "what is a luge?" It's kind of like a toboggan – but for dry tracks! The Luge is located at the very top of Skyline Rotorua & Skyline Queenstown. Jump in and speed along the array of tracks that offer unforgettable views.
15. MOUNTAIN BIKING
New Zealand has become one of the most popular destinations for Mountain Biking. Whether you are into Downhill, Freestyle or something a little more easy – bike is one of the best ways to explore NZ. No matter where in New Zealand you roam, you are likely to find Mountain Biking close by. Our favourite locations: Taupo, Rotorua & Queenstown.
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