Top 10 Adventure Experiences

For anyone looking for thrills and excitement, head to the home of adventure tourism - New Zealand.

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.

Queenstown
Skydiving, Queenstown

By NZONE - The Ultimate Jump

If you want to fullfil a once-in-a-lifetime ambition, over Queenstown promises to leave you gasping with happiness and grinning from ear to ear.

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!

Queenstown
Bungy in Queenstown, Queenstown

By AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand

A bungy jump is a must-do if you’re visiting Queenstown. Be warned though, it isn't for the faint-hearted!

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.

Queenstown
Shotover Jet, Queenstown

By Shotover Jet

Experience a thrilling ride along the Shotover River in Queenstown.

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.

Rotorua
Whitewater Rafting, Rotorua

By Chris McLennan

Don't miss tackling Tutea Falls on the Kaituna River in Rotorua, the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world! (23 feet)

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.

Hamilton - Waikato
Waitomo Caves, Hamilton - Waikato

By Fraser Clements

The Lost World is one of New Zealand's most magical caving experiences.

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.

Rotorua
Zipline in Rotorua, Rotorua

By Destination Rotorua

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime wilderness experience deep in Rotorua's native forests with Rotorua Canopy Tours.

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.

Auckland
Canyoning in Auckland, Auckland

By ATEED

In Auckland the Waitakere Ranges have everything required for a great canyoning experience.

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.

Queenstown
Off-roading, Queenstown

By Sara Orme

There are lots of places around Queenstown for off-road adventures.

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.

Queenstown
Cecil Peak , Queenstown

By Julian Apse

Strap on your snowshoes or get your ski gear and head out to enjoy Queenstown's breathtaking winter scenery.

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.

Rotorua
Ogo, Rotorua

By Ogo

An Ogo, in case you didn't know, is a cushioned sphere suspended within a large outer sphere - it's an awesome way to roll down a hill

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