If you are an adventure junkie, then New Zealand is the perfect holiday destination for you this summer. This adventure capital of the world caters to all kinds of adrenaline seekers and enthusiasts. From must-try New Zealand foods, to heart-thumping adventures, to wildlife encounters, there is something for everyone in this country. Here are five adventure activities that you should try on your trip to New Zealand!
The Canyon Swing
If you had a choice, would you slide, cycle or be pushed over the edge of a cliff and free-fall 60 metres? The Canyon Swing is probably the biggest and highest swing in New Zealand. You can choose from various jump styles like The Cutway Jump, The Pin Drop Jump, The Chair Jump, The Slide Jump and more. Experience the thrills of freefalling from 60m before swooshing across a canyon. Don’t think twice! Just go for it. It will be a lifetime of an experience.
If you are in New Zealand, then Bungee Jumping is a must try! Take a leap of faith on a bungy at the original Kawarau Bungy site, or New Zealand’s highest at the top of the Nevis, both in Queenstown. There are three epic bungy jumps to choose from in Queenstown. The 43m jump from the Kawarau Bridge Bungy, which is the world’s first commercial bungy site. There’s also the Ledge Bungy where you’ll be strapped into a body harness for some freestyling moves as you leave from 47m. Or if you have a more “go big or go home” mantra, then choose the Nevis Bungy where you’ll leap 134m above the Nevis Canyon with an 8.5-second freefall. Whatever you choose, there is surely no scope for disappointment.
The jet boat offers a high-speed boat ride like no other! A New Zealand jet boat ride will take you powering through narrow river gorges, shallow waters, past rocks, and river beds. Skim along shallow waters and narrow canyons with near-misses, 360-degree spins and breath-taking river gorge scenery. Best places to do jet boating in New Zealand are Queenstown and Canterbury, Buller and Makarora area in South Island, and Whanganui, Waikato River, and Rangitaiki rivers in North Island.
It takes guts, and courage to take a leap from an aircraft into thin air. Skydiving is a must-do adrenalin activity in New Zealand. Apart from being a crazy experience that you’ll never forget, what makes skydiving in New Zealand extra special is the national parks, lakes, mountains and beaches that you will be hurtling towards. You have two epic skydiving companies to choose from – Skudive Southern Alps has you freefalling over the UNESCO World Heritage Area of the Mt Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park, while NZONE gives you unmatched views of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown and The Remarkables mountain ranges.
White water rafting
Due to its mountainous terrain, New Zealand offers some outstanding white-water rivers. This is the most adventurous way to see the dramatic river gorges the country has to offer. From the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world (7m) in Rotorua to rivers where rapids range from a gentle grade 1 to an extreme grade 5, New Zealand has it all. If adventure is what you’re looking for in New Zealand then don’t miss white water rafting!
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