New Zealand: Land of the White-Knuckle Wonders
New Zealanders share a border with the extreme. Blame the climate. Blame the isolation. They bungee off bridges. They raft through rapids in tiny rubber boats. They climb glaciers that should not be climbed, ever. And we love them for it.
In honour of our danger-loving neighbours, here’s a list of thrills you could pack into your next adventure, NZ style.
- Skydive over Lake Taupo
Because nothing says ‘holiday’ like freefalling from 15,000 feet. Catch your breath and take in the coast to coast views, snow-capped mountains, and crystal waters of New Zealand’s largest lake. Plus, with a complimentary limo service, you’ll ride and fly like a rock star.
- Nevis Bungy in Queenstown
An epic 135m above the Nevis River, this is bungy at full throttle. As New Zealand’s highest, only the brave take the leap into the 8.5sec free fall. Want to go next level? Purchase the combined package and take on the Nevis Swing as well. If you dare.
- Ice Climb the Fox Glacier
At some point, someone looked at the gigantic slab of ice that is the Fox Glacier and thought “I can climb that.” So, they did. And now, so can you. Catering to all levels of ability, guides will show you the ropes, as you scale the sheet of ice and snap Instagram gold. Starting at AUD $230, including a helicopter flight, it’s cheap as chups.
- Zipline over Waiheke Island
It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s you, ziplining above an ancient forest canopy. With dual cables, you can go solo, or for those with a competitive streak, race side-by-side. When you return to earth, you’ll take a guided forest walk, hear local Māori legends, and how you’ve helped the conservation of the centuries-old forest.
- Black Water Rafting through Waitomo Caves
Afraid of the dark? Don’t be. There’s a ceiling of twinkling glow-worms to light your way. With a variety of guided tours to choose from, you’ll float through the limestone labyrinths that make up the ancient Waitomo Caves.
- Heli-skiing in Wanaka
Any activity that includes an ‘avalanche briefing’ is sure to be adrenaline-inducing. Powder hounds, this one’s for you. With backcountry runs through the Remarkables Range and Mount Aspiring, you’ll drop in from a helicopter, carve a path through the Southern Alps, and enjoy a mountain-top buffet lunch. For intermediate to strong skiers only. Bookings are by the day (either 3, 4, or 7 runs) and weather permitting.
- Zorbing in Rotorua
Ready to roll? Rotorua is home to the adventure sport known as ‘Zorbing’ AKA rolling downhill in a big plastic ball. Track choices include; The Fast Lane, The Zig-Zag, and The Drop. It seriously, ridiculously, fun.
Travel Tip: Be sure to double check that your travel insurance covers you for adventure and extreme sports.
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