New Zealand: Bucket List Capital of the World

Grab your pens and pencils and head to New Zealand, folks - you’re about to cross off a bunch of things from your bucket list!

What’s on your bucket list?

If you’re like me, you’ve filled it with one-of-a-kind, heart pounding life experiences. Skydiving, bungy jumping, rock climbing - anything that has the potential to scare the wits out of me, I want in.

You only live once, right?

If you’re keen on a trip that puts your adrenaline in overdrive, then New Zealand may be right up your alley, too.

Bungy Jumping

Leave it to a Kiwi to convince thousands of other people that jumping off a bridge is a good idea. That’s exactly what AJ Hackett did in 1988 when he opened the first commercial bungy jumping operation on the planet.

Hackett was inspired by an ancient tribal ritual in Vanuatu where tribesmen would tie vines to their ankles and jump from a tall platform. A few years later he brought the activity to his hometown and set up shop on the Kawarau Bridge – albeit with much improved technology!

New Zealander’s couldn’t resist what looked to be the adrenaline rush of a lifetime. Soon, Kiwis were queuing up in droves to throw themselves off the bridge, too.

When you were a kid did your mum ever ask you, “If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you do it too!?”. Apparently, theirs never did!

The Kawarau Bridge Bungy is still in operation to this day. So if you’re keen on tradition, jump from the original bungy that gave Queenstown its nickname: “Adventure Capital of the World”.

Or, try one of four other bungy sites, including the Nevis Bungy – at more than 400 feet this is officially the tallest jump in New Zealand.


Sure, a 400-foot free fall is nothing to sneeze at. For most people, that’s enough adrenaline for one trip.

But you’re not most people, are you? You’re looking for the scariest, most daring death-defying experience you can muster.

How about a 12,000-foot jump through the clouds over some of the most pristine landscape in the world?

You’ll suit up, strap on to an instructor and fly up to your cruising altitude. Put your toes on the edge of the airplane and look down over the beautiful countryside below. Then, dive out of the plane for nearly a full minute of freefall before parachuting safely to the ground.

It’s the once in a lifetime experience that tops bucket lists all over the world. Cross it off yours in the most picturesque way imaginable.

High Speed Jet Boat

Hop aboard this high-speed, thrilling river boat for an exhilarating journey through the Shotover River Canyons.You’ll zip past jagged cliff-faces at 60 mph within inches of rocky canyons. This boat absolutely screams through the water as it careens around tight turns and narrow passages.

Just for the fun of it, the expert Shotover Jet captain pulls dizzying 360-degree turns as they race along the water.

The custom built Shotover Jet is like a sports car for the sea. If the last boat you were on trudged along before getting up to a top speed of 15 miles per hour, you’re in for a surprise on this jet boat.

This is not your average river boat cruise!

Caving and Canyoning

Now that you’ve seen New Zealand by sky and by sea, you might be looking for a bucket list experience that keeps your feet on the ground. How about one that puts your feet underground?

Caving and canyoning is the best way to see New Zealand from the inside-out. Strap on a helmet, harness up and go on a spelunking adventure you’ll never forget.

Head over to Waitomo caves and rappel more than 300 feet into the cavern below. From there you’ll embark on a harrowing trek through the complex cave network. Crawl, squeeze and feel your way through the cave with only the light of you and your mate’s headlamps guiding the way.

Of course, no trip to the Waitomo caves is complete without seeing the iconic Glow Worm Caves.

Take a walk past stalactites and other rock formations. Then, set off on a silent “black-water-raft” ride. The soft-blue hue on thousands on glow worms line the ceiling and walls of the cavern. You’ll only find these unique creatures in a few places in New Zealand and Australia so it’s best to see them while you can. True bucket list material.

Queenstown may be known as the “Adventure Capital of the World”, but I like to call New Zealand the “Bucket List Capital of the World”. You’ll have an endless array of options to make your trip unforgettable. We’ll make the trip planning easy on you, so all you have to do is pack your bags and take off.

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You may even add a few more things to your bucket list while you’re there!

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