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 home to the world’s first commercial Bungy site and described by many of the travellers that pass through our Base doors - as the most TERRIFYING thing that they have ever done! You can pretty much jump off a ledge anywhere in New Zealand! However these are our favourites:
Auckland: In 1987 AJ Hackett was arrested here for jumping off Auckland Harbour Bridge. Ask the team for an ‘ocean dip’ and do not forget to take in the stunning views of Auckland city as you make your way to the launch pod.
Taupo: The highest water touch Bungy in NZ as you freefall 47 metres over Waikato River – stunning views and the option for a ‘dip.’
Rotorua: Agroventures Park is located in Rotorua and not only offers a 43 metre bungy from a crane, but a Swoop (a swing), the Shweeb (a high speed bike) & the Agrojet.
Queenstown: Queenstown has 3 AJ Hackett Bungy sites to choose from. Kawarau Bridge stands at 43 metres and is the first commercial bungy site in the world. The Ledge Bungy can be found at the top of the Skyline situated 400m above Queenstown with a 47metre rope & the Nevis Bungy (probably the most talked about of them all) will have you freefalling 134 metres over a canyon.
2. RIVER SURFING
Queenstown’s Kawarau River is home to Roaring Meg: 6km of Grade 2/3+ White Water Rapids that will have you river surfing, riding whirl pools, duck diving & jumping off rock faces. River Surfing is best described as riding your way through rapids on a body board. This experience is unique and a must do – but not for the faint hearted!
Imagine yourself standing at the very top of a mountain overlooking Queenstown, tucked up in a body suit attached to your tandem guide and holding onto nothing but a rail in front of you. Your tandem guide 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!
Most of those travelling to New Zealand will add a Skydive to their bucket list. There are many locations to jump, most offering a 15,000 ft freefall. Some of our favourites: Bay of Islands to get a glimpse of New Zealand’s very northern coast, a Skydive over New Zealand’s largest lake (Lake Taupo), Abel Tasman for views of both the north and south island, Queenstown or Wanaka to experience the snow capped southern alps or Franz Josef for aerial views of neighbouring Glaciers.
If you have yet to try Canyoning – New Zealand is the place to do it! Canyoning involves getting from one place to another by combining Abseiling, Rock Climbing, Jumping, Swimming, Sliding & Zip Lining through waterfalls, fresh water lakes and gorges. Our favourite day tours depart from Auckland & Queenstown with half day and full day options available.
6. AEROBATIC FLIGHT
For those thrill seekers, Aerobatic flights are up there with Bungy Jumping and Skydiving! Wanaka is one of the cheapest places to learn how to fly an aerobatic plane. You get to control the fast paced planes through barrel rolls, vertical drops and more! Not only that, the views of Lake Wanaka are stunning as you experience the effects of G – Force.
7. SKYJUMP & SKYWALK
There is no scarier way to view Auckland city than by SkyJumping off New Zealand's tallest tower - Auckland's Sky Tower! The jump begins from a platform at the top of Auckland's popular viewing deck and has you falling at 85km/hr from 192 metres off the ground. There is also the option to take a SkyWalk around the Sky Tower. Do not underestimate the 'scariness' of being strapped to nothing but a 'very secure harness by the way' at the very top of Auckland's tallest tower - the views are absolutely stunning!
Jet Boat rides will have you whizzing, speeding and 360 degree spinning at speeds of 80 km/hr – the ultimate 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 gigantic inflatable ball and roll down a hill. Sound like a great idea? Zorb is a must! Zorb is available in Rotorua, New Zealand’s north island. There are 3 options: ZORBIT (a dry ride option), ZYDRO (our fav option – 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 craziest 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 scary (and safe) experience - but is actually very cultural! The guides kick off the experience with a welcome song to the spirits of Kaituna - a must do! 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 the world’s highest cliff jump and is an experience like no other. 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 New Zealand’s north island is home to the Glow Worm and an adventure playground for adults! There are many ways to explore the caves: 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
This is one of our favourite Queenstown activities. The adventure begins at the very top of the Queenstown Skyline Gondola. You will Ziptrek your way from tree to tree to the very bottom. Along the way your guides will educate you on Maori culture, local history and the significance of the surrounding environment. So much fun!
What is a Luge you ask? Easy! A Luge is kind of like a toboggan – but for dry tracks! You will find the Luge at Skyline Rotorua & Skyline Queenstown. Jump in and speed along the array of tracks that offer unforgettable views.
15. MOUNTAIN BIKING
New Zealand is continuing to grow their already popular Mountain Bike Trails. Whether you are into Downhill, Freestyle or something a little more cruisy – bike is one of the best ways to explore New Zealand. No matter where in New Zealand you venture, you are bound to find Mountain Biking close by. Our favourite locations: Rotorua, Taupo & Queenstown.
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