You can do a whole lot of things in New Zealand which is often considered the adventure capital of the world. There are so many things that can be done in New Zealand and we have rounded it all up. Adventures take place in the Northern and Southern Islands. We have come to the conclusion that the Southern Island is definitely more fun of the two with amazing country back adventures and besmirched scenery the Southern Island is the larger of the two. Here are the Top 10 Things You Must do in New Zealand.
Top10 Things you must do in NZ
1. Bungy Jump in Queenstown
Bungee Jumping is one of the most delightful places to visit on the Southern Island. It was invented by AJ Hackett in Queenstown. It’s just a pretty adventurous place to visit.
It’s a chance that you shouldn’t miss if you are in the vicinity. The original Bridge Jump, the Ledge Jump, and the stunning Nevis Bungee located 134 metres over a gorge are some of the choices that you ought to make.
The Kawarau bungy is the world’s first commercial bungy and offers bungy jumping off an old bridge positioned 43m above the Kawarau river below. It is located at Gibbston, 25 minutes from Queenstown, with free transfers available from Queenstown. You can bungy jump solo or tandem and whlst water touches (or dunks) aren’t mandatory, they are definitely a must!
The Ledge bungy is 47 metres high, but it feels so much higher! The Ledge bungy site is located at the top of the Skyline complex 300 metres above central Queenstown, with the bungy platform literally poised on the edge of a cliff! This is an afternoon and early evening bungy, meaning its a great option for those wanting to fit other activities into their tight Queenstown travel itinerary. It’s also a great Queenstown bungy for those wanting to watch others jump as there is an excellent viewing area offering birds eye views.
The Nevis bungy is the biggest and most scary bungy in Queenstown. Measuring 134 metres (440ft) above the stunning Nevis valley below, it truly is a test of willpower and bravery!! Free transfers from Queenstown are included and the round trip takes around 3.5 hours. You can even combine the Nevis Swing while out on site for a truly memorable Queenstown bungy experience.
2. Go Paragliding
For all those of you who haven’t ever experienced paragliding or are too phobic to heights, this is the perfect chance for you to overcome your fear and enjoy paragliding to the fullest. Catch the Skyline Gondola for a spectacular experience above the clouds.
Then soar 2000 feet above Queenstown. You will get a good 15-minute flight and could keep catching the waves to go back up to your starting point rather than dropping quickly to the ground.
You’ll get to do some amazing maneuvers too!
Coronet peak paragliding in specific is a more popular choice among tourists. Paragliding Queenstown skyline can be real fun! And, if you are on the lookout for an instructor; your search ends at G Force paragliding. G force is one of the best paragliding company in New Zealand. It is the most experienced and reputed paragliding company with whom you can sign up for an exhilarating flight starting at the top of Skyline Gondola. Come and experience the best paragliding in Queenstown.
3. Whitewater Raft Class 5 Rapid
If you are a rafting geek then I suggest you must not miss this rafting lifetime experience. The class five rapids just two hours from Christchurch are the experience of a lifetime.
You can also perform a cannonball into the smaller rapids from 3-5 meter high ledges. That really gets your blood pumping.
If you want a half day trip, then the Grade 5 portion of the Rangitikei River could be perfect. This trip is often referred to as one of the very best half day Grade 5 Rafting adventures in the world. Your journey on he Rangitikei begins with some easy and fun Grade 2 and 3 rapids. This will get you nicely warmed up for the action that awaits.
You will enjoy a ride of 2 to 3 hours over a distance of 11km as you take on rapids that start off easy and build in intensity in the gorge, where you will make your way over 10 major rapids ranging from Grade 3 to 5. These rapids follow each other closely over a short distance. Some are short and sharp and others continue for a few hundred meters.
In order to enjoy this trip, you will need to have an average fitness level since this will help you paddle the raft and work with your fellow rafters. You may fall out but it is important to note that 5% of people do find themselves exiting prematurely. Rafting the Rangitikei River’s Grade 5 section is not without its risks.
4. Cruise Milford Sound
It has to be something if Rudyard Kipling called this piece of work the 8th wonder of the world. It is also regarded as the World’s top most visited destination. This place is one of the most popular and worth seeing tourist destinations in the country. You must visit Milford Sound on a cruise. Its mesmerizing fiords contain some of the highest sea cliffs in the world.
The Milford Haven boasts a large rooftop deck with 360-degree views of the fiord. You can also choose to explore the fiord from the comfort of the cosy lounge, or there is a window seat for everyone in the cafe. More than a boat, the Haven is a cruising bar and restaurant. Enhance your cruise with something from our cafe-style menu and pair it perfectly with a fresh craft beer or local wine.
5. Fly Your Own Stunt Plane
For all those who have an unaccomplished dream of being a pilot, you can fly your own plane over here. Here at the Ulfy Extreme, you get the chance to fly your own plane.
As the pilot talks you through the ballistics and the nomenclature of flying a plane you get to feel like a pilot for just the time being. Of course, this stunt is not for the faint of heart but is surely the exclusive thing you would be doing in New Zealand.
One of the most thrilling experiences available in New Zealand with maximum adrenaline. Flight Duration 30 minutes. You will get a thorough briefing beforehand to ensure clients feel informed and will enjoy the experience better.
6. Moeraki Boulders
Along a long stretch of the Koekohe Beach on the Otago coast lies the Moeraki Boulders which is a natural phenomenon. It is also a great tourist destination in New Zealand. Located between Hampden and Moeraki on the South Island, it is considered that Moeraki boulders were created because of the muddy sediments that kept accumulating there through erosion, wave action, and landslide.
Each boulder weighs several tonnes and is up to two metres high. Experts explain the boulders as calcite concretions formed about 65 million years ago. According to Maori legend, the boulders are gourds washed ashore from the great voyaging canoe Araiteuru when it was wrecked upon landfall in New Zealand hundreds of years ago.
7. Trek the Fox Glacier
A glacier walk sounds a bit enthralling, doesn’t it? If it does be sure to visit the Fox Glacier because it may be one of the easiest and quickest glacier walks that you will ever experience.
You are completely provided with suitable equipment so you need not worry about the waterproof rain jackets and pants at a low elevation you also feel safe and sound and can enjoy the walking.
8. Go Whale Watching Kaikoura
Whale watching might not be one of the most thrilling experiences you have in life but the number of whale species over here will flabbergast you. Various types of different whales migrate here and you would love to spy on their activities. It’s actually pretty economically balanced as well because if you are unable to spot any whales you get about 80% of your payout refunded to you.
9. Split Apple Rock
This Apple Rock is a 120 million-year-old granite rock that has been split in half.
It is believed that the rock was split because of two warring gods in the past. Science, however, tells us that water seeped in through the fissures of the rock during the ice age, and the rock split in half.
10. Pancake Rocks
The Pancake Rocks of Punakaiki is a great destination and amazing place to pay a visit. Take a walkway out to view the 1000-year-old eroded limestone formations.
If you time it right, you’ll catch the sea spewing up through the rock’s blowholes. The Pancake Rocks can be reached by the easy Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk right in the center of Punakaiki.
Make it a point not to miss out on any of these must-visit adventurous places and activities when you happen to plan a vacation to New Zealand!