New Zealand’s North Island is an adventurer’s playground, set to a backdrop of exceptional natural beauty. With varying degrees of excitement and difficulty, there’s something available for every thrill level.
With heaps of options for catching a thrill, you won’t be at a loss for activities to keep the adrenalin flowing. Here are some of the top thrill-seeking activities in New Zealand’s North Island:
Sky dive into the City of Sails
Test your nerve on New Zealand’s highest sky dive. With Skydive Auckland, you can leap out of airplane from 16,500 feet, freefalling at a speed of 200+ km/hr and taking in the views over the country’s largest city.
Dive in the Poor Knight Islands
Take in New Zealand’s oceanic beauty as you scuba dive around the Poor Knights Islands marine reserve. Rated one of the top-10 dive sites in the world by French undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau. With steep drop-offs and open ocean all around, this location is certain to thrill.
Go black water rafting in the Labyrinth, Waitomo Caves
Are you scared of the dark? Turn off the lights on a black water rafting expedition through Waitomo’s limestone caves. The only light will be the twinkling of a million glow-worms to guide your way.
Hit the trails in Rotorua
The mountain bike trails of Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Forest are host to dozens of international events each year. With around 130km of continually evolving trails, there is something to cater for all levels of rider, from beginners and family groups through to experts looking for extreme action.
Sea Kayak Cathedral Cove
Kayak through sea caves, interact with the local marine life and discover ocean kayaking off the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. Land at the famous Cathedral Cove where you will be treated to cappuccinos and hot chocolates on the beach.
Feel the need for speed in Taupo
Hop in a world-famous New Zealand jet boat and feel the power of the water as you speed to the edge of Lake Taupo's thundering Huka Falls and negotiate 360-degree spins.
Break a world record in the one and only Schweeb
This unique thrill is the world's most efficient human-powered machines using suspended aerodynamic racing pods. Based at Rotorua’s Agroventures Adventure Park, you can race at up to 50kph (30mph) against the clock, your friends or foes in a 600m race.
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Velocity Valley (formerly Agroventures Adventure Park) offers six truly unique New Zealand adventures suitable for all ages and comfort levels. We are proudly home to the worlds ONLY Shweeb Racer, Swoop, Agrojet, Freefall Xtreme, Rotorua Bungy