10 Best Adventure Experiences In New Zealand

If adventure sports and extreme activities press all your buttons, get ready for the trip of a lifetime. For anyone looking for thrills and excitement, head to the home of adventure tourism - New Zealand.

1| Best Adventure Experiences In New Zealand: Zorb or OGO in Rotorua

Zorb or OGO in Rotorua
Get inside a big plastic ball (orb) and roll down a hill. Among Rotorua’s mix of adventure activities is Zorb and OGO – this iconic activity is a must-try if you’re in the region enjoying its renowned geothermal wonders.

2| Best Adventure Experiences In New Zealand: Heli-skiing

Heli-skiing
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.

3| Best Adventure Experiences In New Zealand: Off-road Driving

Off-road Driving
Buckle-up, hold tight and head out on a scenic wilderness off-road adventure on one of New Zealand’s comprehensive network of back-country roads and tracks. Or why not try your luck on the colossal sand dunes of the popular Ninety Mile Beach in Northland.

4| Best Adventure Experiences In New Zealand: Canyoning

Canyoning
Leap off waterfalls, slide down rocks, scramble, climb, jump, abseil… canyoning is among New Zealand’s wildest adventures and is staged in remote mountain locations around Auckland, Coromandel, Nelson, Canterbury and Wanaka.

5| Best Adventure Experiences In New Zealand: Zip Lining

Zip Lining
Zip your way past stunning harbour views on Waiheke Island or enjoy an immersive wilderness experience in Rotorua. Fly through tree tops in Rotorua or while gazing at the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, or combine zip lining with river tubing and glow worms on the West Coast. It’s the perfect combination of adrenalin, nature and speed.

6| Best Adventure Experiences In New Zealand: Caving

Caving
Featuring some of the most challenging and spectacular caving systems in the world, New Zealand is top of the list for spelunkers (cavers). Walk or float (black-water rafting as it is referred to) through the spectacular Waitomo Caves or enjoy guided underground adventures in Nelson (home to southern hemisphere’s deepest sinkhole.

7| Best Adventure Experiences In New Zealand: Rafting

Rafting
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. Tongariro River in Lake Taupo, the wild West Coast and Queenstown are among the popular rafting spots in the country.

8| Best Adventure Experiences In New Zealand: Jet Boating

Jet Boating
Feel the power of the water as you jet-boat a spectacular river close to Lake Taupo's thundering Huka Falls, or negotiate 360-degree spins on one of Queenstown’s spectacular rivers.

9| Best Adventure Experiences In New Zealand: Bungy

Bungy
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). Or for a completely different style of bungy, why not try the Auckland Harbour Bridge or Taupo Bungy on the Waikato River. As the home of bungy, New Zealand doesn’t disappoint!

10| Best Adventure Experiences In New Zealand: Skydiving

Skydiving
Embrace the excitement and soak in the views as you tandem skydive or go solo – a true heart-stopping adventure! You can skydive in various locations around New Zealand, including Wanaka, Queenstown, Lake Taupo, Auckland and Bay of Plenty.

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