Calling all adventure seeking couples! Thinking of an exciting, off beat holiday? New Zealand is the place for you. Well known as the adventure capital of the world, you can name the adventure activity and you’ll find it here. Here are our top 10 recommendations for exciting, adrenaline pumping activities in NZ.
From a quiet drift through forest wilderness to a white-knuckled, wide-eyed journey down turbulent rapids, rafting covers the full adventure spectrum.
The mountains of New Zealand’s interior feed a myriad of fast flowing rivers that run through the forests to the sea. Grade 1 rivers offer relatively tranquil waters, while grade 5 is regarded as an extreme sport. Trips ranging from a couple of hours to five days are led by qualified rafting guides who comply with established safety codes. All gear and special clothing is provided.
Picture yourself skiing in New Zealand; a fine winter’s day, breathtaking scenery and a mountain of fresh virgin snow. Is there anything more captivating?
Fly to the top of the mountain and make your own tracks through fresh virgin powder snow as you ski your way back down on the ultimate guided heli-ski adventure.
Shotover Jet-boat ride
Feel the power of the water as you jet-boat a spectacular New Zealand river close to the thundering Huka Falls, or negotiate 360-degree spins on the awesome Shotover River rapids.
New Zealand jet boat ride will take you powering through narrow river gorges, almost brushing against sheer rock faces; or skimming across the surface of water channels that weave through the shingle banks of braided rivers.
Take a leap of faith on a bungy at the original Kawarau Bungy site, or the highest at the top of the Nevis or try a completely different style on the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
For many visitors, bungy jumping in New Zealand has almost become a rite of passage, that they take that heart-stopping leap of faith while they’re here. Around the country you can leap from bridges, climbs, rail viaducts, specially made platforms perched on the edge of cliffs, and stadium roofs.
Caving & Rafting Tours
Launch out into the unknown on a black water rafting expedition through Waitomo’s myriad limestone caves underneath the twinkling lights of a million glowworms.
With exhilarating caving & rafting tours, namely Black Abyss, Black Labyrinth and the all new Black Odyssey, to choose from, there is something to suit all adventurous spirits. The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. is New Zealand’s first black water rafting adventure operator. And it’s also the only tour that takes you through the incomparable Ruakuri Cave.
Feast your eyes on a marine wonderland as you scuba dive around the Poor Knights Islands marine reserve. French undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau rated the Poor Knights as one of the world’s top 10 dive sites.
New Zealand is a diving paradise. With accessible coastlines, marine reserves and hundreds of offshore islands, the underwater world is vast and diverse. You can dive wrecks, drop-offs and sub-tropical reefs in clean, clear waters. You can explore huge kelp forests, swim with school fish or alongside dolphins. For a different adventure and experience, try kayak diving or a descent after dark.
Put a completely new spin on life as you roll down a Rotorua hillside in the Zorb – a crazy see-through plastic ball that reaches speeds of up to 50kph over land and water.
ZORB Rotorua is the iconic Rotorua adventure activity offering the original unique experience of ZORB globe riding – rolling downhill in a large inflatable globe. A must-do adventure activity in New Zealand, ZORB Rotorua offers two ride types -The ZYDRO (wet) ride and the ZORBIT (dry) ride; four track options; and eight ride variations. There’s something for everyone! Go on, we dare you!
Leap on a mountain bike and head up into the hills for a thrilling day on one of New Zealand’s ever-growing network of cycle trails. There’s a trail for every degree of difficulty from country idylls to multi-day alpine challenges.
Stunning scenery and varied local attractions will compete for your attention as you explore New Zealand’s diverse cycle trails and mountain biking tracks. New Zealand is a great destination for an active cycling or mountain biking break, with accessible riding trails and tracks near most cities and towns. You are guaranteed a cycling holiday to remember, with a fresh experience, panoramic view or beautiful landscape to be found around each bend. Take in the best of the country right up close!
Pick up a paddle and kayak along the coast, in a sheltered harbour, on a lake or downstream on one of New Zealand’s many rivers. Listen to the birds sing and watch out for local wildlife.
Kayaking is one of the best ways to really explore the thousands of kilometres of New Zealand’s magnificent coastline and inland waterways. A guided New Zealand kayaking tour can take you anywhere from the sheltered waters of the Marlborough Sounds and the towering grandeur of the fiords to open water safaris around. Paddle with dolphins; paddle around a marine reserve and jump in for a snorkel.
Cast off and go for the big one out on the ocean wave on a big game fishing safari. You’re never far from the ocean in New Zealand and the thrill of the catch will have you hooked.
With more than 15,000 kilometres of coastline, New Zealand promises salt water fishing challenges of every kind. From the land you can try surfcasting and rock fishing. From the comfort of a charter boat the ocean is your oyster during a deepwater, saltwater fly or game fishing expedition.