So, you’re planning a holiday to New Zealand, but just seeing the scenery won’t be enough for you. Fortunately, New Zealand boasts plenty of activities to cater to adrenaline junkies from all over the world – your only problem will be deciding which ones to do if you’ve got time constraints. If you’ve got a week or two to spare, try the following itinerary:
1. Go bungee jumping
There are a wealth of places where you can make the jump in New Zealand, the home of bungee jumping. Most international arrivals land in Auckland, so you could start your itinerary here: why not climb, and then jump from, the city’s iconic Harbour Bridge to kick off your trip? The Sky Tower, New Zealand’s tallest building, also offers visitors the chance to partake in a ‘Sky Jump’, which differs from bungee jumping in that the descent is controlled.
If you’re not too comfortable jumping off a 192m structure, you could try the Sky Walk, where the views of the city are unbeatable.
2. Try spelunking
If you’re interested in exploring the world of caving, New Zealand’s the best place to do it. Waitomo, which lies roughly in the middle of the North Island, offers visitors the opportunity to explore its caves; whether you choose to walk, try black water rafting, or get your adrenaline pumping by squeezing through tight spaces, there’s something for you. As a bonus, you can also view New Zealand’s incredible glowworms as part of your stay – seeing thousands of tiny luminescent worms light up your surroundings is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any traveller.
3. Ride the Luge
Riding the famous Luge is a great way to spend a few hours: who doesn’t want to ride a go-cart down a hill while they’re on holiday? If you’re heading south from Auckland, you’ll want to visit the Rotorua location (you can also ride the Luge in Queenstown), where you can race your family or set yourself a timed challenge. If you’re staying in the area for a few days, you can also check out Velocity Valley Adventure Park, where you can try the giant swing, or ZORB, where you can amuse yourself by rolling down a hill in a giant plastic ball filled with water.
4. Tackle the rocks
Take the Interislander ferry across the Cook Strait, and you’ll find yourself in New Zealand’s picturesque South Island. Paynes Ford, a natural limestone area near Takaka, welcomes climbers, but you’ll want to have a bit of experience before you plan a stop here. If you’re a confident climber, it’ll be a thrill to climb at this scenic reserve, especially if you welcome the challenge of conquering natural, rather than man-made, structures.
5. Go rafting in Queenstown
Travelling deeper into the South Island you’ll find Queenstown, which isn’t nicknamed the Adventure Capital of New Zealand for nothing! If you’re visiting with your family, you’ll want to pick adventure activities that are appropriate for adults and kids alike; try Family Adventures for an introduction to river rafting on the picturesque Shotover, suitable for anyone over the age of three. If you’re starting rather than ending your trip here, you might like to rent a car at Queenstown Airport; the area is packed full of incredible scenery and things to do, but it can be a little challenging to navigate without your own transportation. It’s also possible to take a tour bus, if you’d prefer to meet others and stick to a planned itinerary.
Travelling often involves either tranquil experiences for nature lovers or activities fit only for the most courageous daredevils. If you’d like to experience the latter – or indeed, you’d prefer to experience a bit of both – you’ll feel right at home in New Zealand!
About the author:
Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Harper has several favourite adventure and thrilling activities, with rafting definitely near the top of the list! During her past travels, she has enjoyed the chance to produce content for hospitality sites such as Tanoa Tusitala. To discover more of her work, visit her Tumblr page: Harper Reid.