Kayak to Rangitoto, a dormant volcano just off the coast of Auckland. Climb though lava fields and native forest to the summit of the volcano for panoramic views before heading back to the city to experience Auckland’s urban adventures, including buzzing food precincts, SkyWalk, Sky Jump and Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb.
Explore the labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers in Waitomo, just under three hours south of Auckland. Try blackwater rafting here - you'll crawl, swim and float through the caves on a rubber tube. Or you could abseil or zip-line through the darkness. Above the ground, Pureroa Forest provides some great long and short hikes.
Spend a couple of days exploring boiling mud pools, explosive geysers, natural hot pools and Maori culture in Rotorua. Places like Te Puia combine dramatic performances with delicious Maori food, making the cultural experience here truly unique. Thrill-seekers will enjoy the raft of adventure activities on offer, including zorbing (bouncing around inside a large inflatable ball as it rolls down a hill). If you’re up to it, tackle the world’s largest commercially raftable waterfall (7m) on the Kaituna River or head to the Waiora River to negotiate giant boulders.
Drive south from Rotorua to explore Lake Taupo, ideal for a vast array of activities on and off the water. The Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, seen only from the water, make for a great boat trip or kayak excursion. Thrill seekers may also be keen to try skydiving over this majestic lake. Next day, make your way to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, an unforgettable day walk combining an active crater, emerald lakes and magnificent views. Lake Taupo’s many naturally heated hot pools are ideal to relax in after your adventures.