5 adventure activities to try in New Zealand

Published April 21st, 2014

If you’re looking for a holiday you’ll never forget, New Zealand is the destination for you. Our near neighbour across the way is more than just the land of Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia and any of the many other fantasy flicks shot here that you care to mention. The twin Kiwi islands are brimming with adventure spots, no matter if you want to approach things from the sky, mountains, caves or water, and the close-ups are so much better than high-def . Here's 5 adventure activities to try in NZ to see that as-seen-on-screen scenery from a different vantage point. Get up from your couch and get going!



Hiking (or tramping as it’s known in NZ)

New Zealand’s beautiful scenery makes for many a great hiking route, but for a more intense experience there are a few specific trails you may prefer like the 32-kilometre Routeburn Track, located near Queenstown, which takes the better part of four days to complete. The photos you can snap here are breathtaking, capturing some of New Zealand’s best scenery: alpine lakes, dreamy rivers and winding valley paths. Further south are several one-day trekking routes around Milford Sound, one of New Zealand’s highlights, with hikes ranging from three to six hours.



Skiing and snowboarding

New Zealand’s South Island is packed full of powder opportunities, with nine commercial ski fields in close range of Christchurch, Queenstown and the Mackenzie region. If you’re after nightlife after a day of sliding, stay in town. Or, if you’re a hardcore snow lover, stay on the slopes. Ski and stay packages are available for both. If you prefer the North Island, try Mount Ruapehu – it’s the country’s only skiable volcano and heaps of travellers rave about it.




If you’re looking for water adventure, Abel Tasman National Park, located on the northern tip of the South Island, is somewhere we'd highly recommend. Sea kayaking is a popular activity here and you can visit beautiful coves and golden beaches plus meet pods of dolphins. Along the way there are also a couple of hiking tracks, both of which take around four days to complete.




Although the location of a NZ skydive may not seem important, having beautiful scenery rushing up at you certainly makes the experience more memorable. Do a jump over the glaciers on the west coast of the South Island for the most incredible views. One of the other popular spots to jump is from above Lake Taupo, in the centre of the North Island.



Queenstown: action central

If you like a little variety in your life and want to take part in a number of different activities, head to Queenstown, the NZ mecca of adventure travel. Not only is it home to the world’s first commercial bungee jump (now complemented with the world’s second highest jump as well as a freestyle option), you can take your pick from a number of different activities such as canyon swinging, whitewater rafting and horse riding too.


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