There’s adventure to be had around the world, but no country does thrills like New Zealand. Head to Rotorua to try the Zorb, Agrojet, Shweeb, Swoop, Sledge, or to river raft the world’s highest commercial vertical drop. Stop in at Taipo for a breathtaking skydive, or enter the Waitomo Caves for a touch of underground Blackwater Rafting. They call Queenstown the Adventure Capital of the World. For a small town there’s a lot to do: Bungee, the Shotover Jet, Canyon Swing, Paragliding, Luge, Skydive – all within a few miles of each other. New Zealand is a small country, big on thrills.
Length of Trip : A week, cramming in one or to thrills a day
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Bungy Jump off Kawaru Bridge: NZ$195 per person
Canyon Swing: NZ$219 per person
Swoop: NZ$49 per person
Zorb: NZ$39 per person
Shotover Jet: NZ$: 135 per person
Sledging: NZ$109 per person
Blackwater Rafting: NZ$135 per person
NZone Skydiving: From NZ$299
Best time to go : Activities are open year round. Shoulder season (April/October) are less busy.
Wheelchair friendly : Contact each operator to make arrangements if possible.
Family friendly : Some activities have age/height restrictions (typically 1 metre). Contact operators to confirm.
Where to eat :
Learn about Maori culture, and enjoy a traditional earth-baked feast, called a hangi, at the Tamaki Maori Village. The Fat Dog Cafe is a local landmark serving huge portions at excellent prices.
Where to Stay :
Auckland: Hotel Debrett is a centrally located, iconic building that has been stylishly reinterpreted into a 25-room boutique hotel.
Rotorua: Silver Fern Friendly, family-run hotel and spa.
Queenstown: The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments: Luxury accommodation with terrific views.
Getting There :
New Zealand is beautiful driving country. Although there are bus services, activity and shuttles and taxis, definitely look into car rental during your stay, especially if you plan on ticking off multiple activities on both the north and south island.
Rotorua is a scenic 2.5 hour drive or 45 minute flight from Auckland, and a 5.5 hour drive, or 1 hour flight, from Wellington. Shuttles and bus services run frequently. Queenstown: Air New Zealand, Qantas Airways, Virgin Australia and Jetstar offer international and domestic flights into and out of Queenstown. There are daily bus services from Wanaka, Dunedin, Invercargill and Christchurch.
Note from Robin :
Isn't is dangerous? Actually no, it isn't. New Zealand's tourism infrastructure is world-class. They have pioneered rigid safety standards and have a wealth of experience. Despite the amount of thrills, rest assured there are rarely any injuries, in fact, it's more dangerous to drive to the bungee jump or skydive than it is to leap off a bridge or out a plane. That being said, be prepared to sign a lot of waiver forms that basically say if anything does happen, well, you're the one who wanted to jump off the bridge! Another tip: If you're rushing around and need a quick fill-up, don't miss out on the amazing meat pies offered at bakeries (and gas stations) throughout the country. The Kiwis have turned the meat pie into an art form.
PRESENTED BY FORD OF CANADA