With a rugged and wild landscape, everyone can find an exciting selection of adventure sports in New Zealand. Famous with nature enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies alike, New Zealand really is one of nature’s excellent playgrounds. Of course, there are also interesting cities and towns to visit, as well as great beaches. New Zealand really does offer the best of everything for all visitors.
These are just a selection of a few of the amazing adventure sports in New Zealand:
Lose your height for heights and fee the rush as you plummet towards the ground, with only a piece of strong elastic separating you from imminent death. Certainly not an activity for the weak hearted, bungee jumping is almost a rite of passage when visiting New Zealand. There are many jumps all around the country, all offering different views. With picturesque scenery and incredibly beautiful backdrops, a bungee jump in New Zealand is completely unlike anywhere else. People can jump from bridges, viaducts, tall buildings, and man made platforms jutting out over the top of steep cliffs. The highest bungee is in Nevis. Are you brave enough to take the leap of faith in New Zealand?!
Another adrenalin fuelled activity requiring a head for heights is skydiving. Increasing in popularity in New Zealand, there is nothing quite like enjoying a bird’s eye view of the rugged vistas whilst floating down to earth with the wind in your face – after the rush of the jump that it! Feel the blood pumping as you get ready to make that leap, and experience the adrenalin literally coursing through your veins as you fly from the plane. Highly experienced instructors take people through the process, culminating in an awesome tandem jump. To jump solo, you will need to show your skydiving license. There are many great spots around the country to jump, including Queenstown, the Bay of Plenty, and Lake Wanaka.
With many incredible and fascinating caves littered across the country, caving is a very popular activity. There are caves suitable for first time cavers, allowing people an exciting first glimpse of the dark underground depths. There are also those that are more difficult, with some presenting formidable challenges, even to experienced cavers. Waitomo, on the North Island, is one of the hotspots, and offers caves that require little more than walking, those that you must float through, and those that incorporate climbing and abseiling. On the South Island you can visit one of the world’s biggest sinkholes – it is a terrifying 180 metres deep!
There are rivers that range from Grade 1 through to Grade 5, thus offering something fun for all levels of rafting enthusiast. Whether you a seeking a leisurely drift along the scenic waters, or a more hair-raising white water experience, New Zealand offers it all. There is a multitude of rafting locations on both islands.
Off Road Driving
For thrills and spills in a vehicle, New Zealand has some ideal terrain for off road driving. Bumps and speed are completely optional! Visitors can choose between quad bikes, rally cars, four-wheel cars, ATVs, and more. Going away from the main roads really allows you to experience some of the best of New Zealand’s vast wilderness.
Surfing, kite surfing, jet boating, and mountain biking are amongst other adventure sports in New Zealand. Those who like to be active, without any major fear factor, can enjoy wonderful hiking and swimming.