Get ready to take a leap of faith. Queenstown is the birthplace of the bungy. If you want to push yourself to edge and beyond this is the perfect place to do it; take a deep breath and experience what so many before you have. Photo by @emriga on Instagram.
Adventure - bungy, skydiving, rafting
Hiking and cycling
50min from Christchurch
1hr 50 min from Auckland
3hr 30min from Dunedin
Jetboat in Queenstown
Queenstown is commonly regarded as the adventure capital of the Southern Hemisphere. It was here that both jet boating and bungee jumping were invented – and both are at the top of most thrill-seeking visitors’ to-do lists. Photo by @iluvnewzealand(opens in new window) on Instagram.
Meet the whales in Kaikōura
A life changing moment can be had in Kaikōura, whose waters are teeming with whales and dolphins. All set against the stunning backdrop of the South Island’s spectacular Kaikoura Ranges. Photo by @kiwivraverra(opens in new window) on Instagram.
No New Zealand holiday is complete without a trip on one of our rivers. Have the rafting experience of a lifetime on the Kaituna river - whether its grade 4 or 5, we’ll leave up to you. Of course, you could always do both. Photo by @h__olly on Instagram.
Maori culture and villages
2hr 50min from Auckland Central
5hr 40min from Wellington Central
Pohutu Geyser in Rotorua
Rotorua is famous for its prolific geothermal activity, literally bursting with geysers (including the famous Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia(opens in new window)), bubbling mud pools and hot springs. Meet the locals and experience the best of Maori culture from performances to the traditional food.
Lawrence of Arabia meets Shaun White at Te Paki near Kaitaia and Cape Reinga – where you can surf down the giant Te Paki sand dunes. An absolute must-do. Sorry, no chairlifts. Photo by @alensinmypocket on Instagram.