Bungy Jumping & Zip Lining
If adventure sports press all your buttons, get ready for the trip of a lifetime. For many visitors, bungy jumping is a daring adventure, one that is difficult to miss! New Zealand has almost everything you need to make this dream come true.
In the 1980’s, a couple of young kiwis, AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch, set up New Zealand's first commercial bungy operation, with a jump from the historic Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown. Since then, New Zealand has become the home of bungy, with numerous other operators starting up.
All over the country you can leap from bridges, climbs, rail viaducts, specially made platforms perched on the edge of cliffs, and stadium roofs.
The Nevis bungy is the highest and involves an incredible 134-metre plunge. You can also take a leap off the Auckland Harbour Bridge against the backdrop of the beautiful Waitemata Harbour.
In the Central North Island, just upstream from the Huka Falls, lies the Taupo Bungy - 47m (154 feet) above the Waikato River. You can choose to be dunked in the Waikato River below at the end of your jump.
Every day of the week locals and tourists alike enjoy the experience of a bungy among stunning landscapes. Bungy jumping remains one of New Zealand's most popular and renowned leisure activities.
New Zealand is home to a number of spectacular zip lining experiences, where visitors can glide through spectacular native forest, across rivers and canyons.
Waitomo is often top of mind when thinking of caving in New Zealand, however there are many awesome caving sites throughout the country for you to explore. Take a deep breath and let’s do this!
Spelunkers (cavers) say that New Zealand has some of the most challenging and spectacular caving systems in the world, but even first-time cavers can enjoy our underground scenery. Caving experiences range from a dreamy drift through a glow-worm grotto to a rip-roaring, rope-dangling, action-packed subterranean adventure.
In the North Island the best known caving area is Waitomo Caves in the Waikato region. There are caves that you can simply walk through; there are caves you can float through (this is called black water rafting); and there are caves that require abseiling, climbing and squeezing. Experienced operators here know how to turn you into a caver in a single day.
The South Island has several caving areas - you’ll find guided underground adventures in Nelson, Fiordland and on the West Coast. Harwood’s Hole, just off the main Motueka-Takaka road in the Nelson region, is the deepest sinkhole in the southern hemisphere. You can look into it, but be careful you don’t fall in - it’s 180 metres straight down.
Rafting & Jet Boating
The mountains of New Zealand not only produce superb waters but also are source of fast flowing rivers that run through the forests to the sea. Grade 1 rivers offer relatively tranquil waters, while grade 5 is regarded as an extreme sport. Trips ranging from a couple of hours to five days are led by qualified rafting guides who comply with established safety codes. All gear and special clothing is provided.
Rafting rivers in the North Island are mostly found in the central and east coast areas of Lake Taupo, Bay of Plenty and the Hawke's Bay. Lake Taupo's Tongariro River is home to three sections of white water, ranging from Grade 2 to Grade 4. In the South Island, you’ll get the chance to try rafting around the resort town of Queenstown, Christchurch and on the wild West Coast.
Jet boating is another adventurous activity suitable for all ages and levels of fitness and can be enjoyed the whole year round. All you need to do is sit back, be ready and enjoy the ride!
A New Zealand jet boat ride will take you powering through narrow river gorges, almost brushing against sheer rock faces; or skimming across the surface of water channels that weave through the shingle banks of braided rivers.
Some of the most exhilarating trips are available near Queenstown and Canterbury. Other areas include the Buller and Makarora regions in the South Island and the Rangitaiki, Whanganui and Waikato Rivers in the North Island.
Walking & Hiking
Hiking New Zealand is the best way to see beautiful landscapes and explore vast wilderness areas. So grab a pack and put on your walking boots.
In the North Island, the spectacular 41kilometre Tongariro Northern Circuit incorporates the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing day walk as it circumnavigates active volcano Mount Ngauruhoe. Take in dramatic views of volcanic peaks, jewel-like crater lakes, explosion pits and lava flows. Over in the Coromandel region, The Pinnacles Track traverses steep and rugged country and offers views over the Coromandel Peninsula and beyond.
Close to the tourist centres of Taupo and Rotorua, the 3-4 day Lake Waikaremoana track winds through 46 kilometres of pristine Te Urewera National Park rainforest visiting stunning lake-shores and wetlands. Listen to the amazing chorus of birdsong at sunrise and sunset.
Further South, hikers on the 51 kilometre Abel Tasman Coast Track travel alongside the stunning coastal Abel Tasman National Park and climb bush-covered headlands between golden-sand beaches. Plunge in to cool off, or hire kayaks to paddle in azure coves.
The West Coast's renowned Heaphy Track is the most diverse of the legendary 9 Great Walks. This challenging 4-6 day 82 kilometre walk follows an ancient Maori trail thorugh sub-alpine tussock grasslands to lush rainforests and then on through Nikau palm forests to ocean surf beaches.
Further south still, Stewart Island is a place where nature is still very much in charge. On the Rakiura Track you'll discover peace, birdsong and scenery that have barely changed in thousands of years.
There are many multi-day hikes to choose from and each offers a unique, incredible experience. Take a closer look at our list of the best multi-day hikes across New Zealand.
See more below about our Adventure Activities.
Skydiving & Hot Air Ballooning
Skydiving in New Zealand is a popular adventure activity. What better way is to become a bird of your time and experience amazing views from the above?
Welcome to the rush of skydiving. There is nothing like skydiving for sheer heart-stopping adrenalin and adventure and there is no place like New Zealand to do it.
New Zealand's magnificent landscapes take on an extra dimension when you’re 12,000 feet in the air. Skydive in Lake Wanaka or Queenstown and you will look from the vastness of the Central Otago high country to the snow-capped mountains surrounding the jewel-like lakes. At the other end of the country, Lake Taupo has the largest commercial drop zone in the world and stunning views of volcanoes, forests and the lake itself. A Bay of Plenty skydive flight will take you over gleaming waters and geothermal wonders.
There are many skydiving operations throughout New Zealand and all offer tandem jumps. You’ll have experienced skydivers taking you-step-by-step through what to do on your jump and what to expect. If you’re a skydiver yourself don’t forget to bring
Hot air ballooning is a peaceful way to sight-see. You have to rise early for a hot air balloon flight, but the experience beats a sleep-in every time. In the north island best place for this trilling activity are Hamilton, Waikato and wairarapa. In the South Island, the imposing Southern Alps provide an impressive snow-capped backdrop for hot air balloon flights that float over the sprawling patchwork of the fertile Canterbury Plains. In Queenstown, a hot air balloon ride will see you soaring high above the mountains, over Lake Wakatipu and Shotover River.