Whoa Bro! Are You Game For NZ's Best Thrills?
If your idea of travel is leaving the typical tourist trail in the dust in favour of high octane thrills and spills, New Zealand is your spot. From throwing yourself off of a bridge with little more than a giant rubber band strapped to your ankles to crashing through rapids in the pitch black of underground caverns, the 'Land of the Long White Cloud' is all about getting the adrenaline pumping!
White water rafting, Rotorua
How does going over the world's largest commercially rafted waterfall sound? Strap your lifejacket on and grab your paddle because Rotorua takes white water rafting to the next level along the Kaituna River. No experience is necessary, but if the idea of floating over a 7-metre waterfall in a rubber boat makes you a little shaky, you may want to skip this one.
If you take your adventure with a hefty dose of natural beauty, canyoning in the Coromandel's Sleeping God Canyon will be right up your alley. Think shimmying down the sheer face of a waterfall while holding on to a rope as water crashes all around you because if you're not getting wet, you're not having fun (#amiright). Just make sure you stop mid-abseil to appreciate the stunning surrounds.
Black water rafting, Waitomo
So ya tried the white water rafting and it was a little too tame? Let's shut off the lights then. Armed with an inner tube, helmet and wetsuit, you'll rush through the incredible Ruakuri Cave in the dark. If it becomes too much, just remember to look up to be comforted by the thousands of glow worms across the top of the cave sparkling like stars.
How does strapping yourself to a stranger sound? Get your minds out of the gutter! We're talking strapping yourself to a highly trained instructor to throw yourself out of an airplane. Skydiving is the perfect way to turn your holiday up to an 11.
There's no better way to feel the wind in your hair than by soaring over the treetops on a zipline. Whether you prefer the slower pace of a zipline canopy tour that allows you to learn about the surrounding native forests as you zip from tower to tower, or you're after the thrill of a single zipline, reaching speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour, Rotorua is the spot to check it out.
Jet boating, Lake Taupo or Queenstown
If you have a need for speed... and skimming through tight spaces... and 360 degree turns, get to Lake Taupo or Queenstown for a jet boat experience. The former is a unique way to experience thundering Huka Falls, while the latter will have you narrowly missing canyon walls as you snake through the Shotover Canyons in Queenstown.
Bungy jumping, Queenstown
Speaking of Queenstown, you can't head to New Zealand's South Island adventure hotspot without strapping yourself to a bungy to take the leap. Sign up for the OG of jumps at the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, which will have you plummeting 43 metres down toward the Kawarau River. If you're really brave you can opt for a water touch or full immersion just to add a little extra thrill.