From the rush of white water rafting to bungy jumping over spectacular views, New Zealand is the adventure capital of the world.
Across the North and South Islands, you’ll find awe-inspiring natural wonders and not-to-be-missed travel experiences.
As you’re exploring all that this unique country has to offer, you can rest assured you’re in safe hands. The safety of New Zealand adventure activities is taken very seriously, with strict guidelines in place to protect tourists at all times.
So if you’re looking for thrills and excitement, you’ve found the right place. And don’t forget to have your camera ready to capture all of your unforgettable moments to impress friends and family back home. In this blog we cover the top adventure activities to help you create the ultimate holiday to fit any schedule.
What’s on Offer
If you’re planning a short trip but want to make sure you fit in as many highlights as possible, we can help. We’ve pulled together New Zealand’s best adventure activities to help you plan your dream holiday. Each activity combines natural beauty with thrill-seeking adventure, while not compromising on luxury and comfort. Of course, they all also have great photographic opportunities for memories of a lifetime!
Explore from Above
Start your holiday from great heights by trying some of New Zealand’s most iconic experiences. Home of bungy jumping, taking this heart-stopping leap of faith has become a rite of passage. Pioneered by AJ Hackett, this brand is known for safety, innovation and fun. Choose from the original bridge jump, swing, zipride or New Zealand’s highest bungy jump, located above the picturesque Nevis River near Queenstown in the South Island. For other air-based thrills, try ziplining past stunning harbour views on Waiheke Island, through treetops in Rotorua or while gazing at the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown. It’s the perfect combination of adrenaline, nature and speed. Or you could experience an exhilarating skydive in a number of beautiful locations including Wanaka, Queenstown, Lake Taupo, Auckland and the Bay of Plenty.
Take to the Water
Indulging your passion for water is easy in New Zealand, with an endless list of activities to try. Among the most popular are white water rafting and jet boating. Take a white-knuckle ride on rapids graded from a gentle 1 to an extreme 5, through scenic countryside. Tongariro River in Lake Taupo, the wild West Coast and Queenstown are some of the most popular rafting spots in the country. If you prefer to sit back and let someone else take control, try a thrilling jet-boat ride on spectacular Lake Taupo or one of Queenstown’s rivers. For a different water-based experience, try canyoning in one of New Zealand’s remote mountain locations. Leap off waterfalls, slide down rocks, climb, jump and abseil during this underground adventure.
Get Off the Beaten Track
You can also get your adrenalin fix with some of the most popular land-based adventure activities. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to get inside a big plastic ball and roll down a hill? Now you can find out. Zorbing in Rotorua is a must-try activity. Head to the West Coast of the South Island to experience the untouched beauty of Franz Josef Glacier. Walk across ice, slide through caves and take in the breathtaking scenery. Or you could check out backcountry roads, sand dunes and beaches in a scenic wilderness off-road adventure. We recommend including iconic Ninety Mile Beach in Northland in your travels.
Leading the World in Safety Standards
In each of these experiences above, as in all tourism activities in New Zealand, safety is the highest priority. Adventure safety is a key focus for the Tourism Industry Association, which has almost 400 adventure and outdoor operators as members.
In 2012 SupportAdventure.co.nz was launched. This website is dedicated to safety in adventure tourism and includes information and advice, and is the first of its kind in the world. New Zealand is a world-leader in tourism related safety guidelines, so throughout your travels around our country you can have peace of mind that you’re participating in a safe industry.
There is so much to discover in New Zealand. Prepare to get out of your comfort zone and feel your adrenaline start pumping as you create your unique adventure, filled with these iconic activities.