New Zealand is full of fun and adventures, be it the astounding landscapes, the mesmerizing fjords, the serene beaches, or the alluring deserts. You are spoilt for choice, and it can be overwhelming to decide how and where to spend your time. For the adventure-minded, we have compiled a list of 10 adventurous things to go for in New Zealand.
1.Swim with Dolphins
Kaikoura is a small town that lies on the South Island of New Zealand; here, you can live your childhood dream of swimming with the dolphins. You are taken by a boat to the sea, and before long, you come across a swarm of these majestic creatures. Put on your diving equipment and take the plunge. If you imitate their moves while swimming, they might come closer to scan you. They twirl around you, and if happy, they express it by jumping out of the water.
2.Scale a Volcanic Island
Take a ferry to Rangitoto Island, a 600-year volcano that erupted from the sea. Famous for its birds and beautiful landscape, the island is void of humans and has an enthralling summit route for climbing. You can catch the most spectacular view of Auckland and surrounding islands from atop this volcano. You can also reach Rangitoto Island using a kayak in the evening to catch the sunset from atop.
For the most daring and adventurous, nothing is as thrilling as bungy jumping. And where best to try it than the birthplace of Bungy, Queenstown. The most exciting experience, however, is provided by Nevis Bungy Jump, where you are placed in the mid of the Nevis Valley using a cable car. From here, you can take a 134 m plunge and rush towards the raging waters of the Nevis River. The adrenaline rush will be yours to remember forever.
4.White Water Rafting
You can go white water rafting in North as well as South Island. There are grade 1 to grade 5 rivers with grade 1 rivers being calm and grade 5 waters being quite aggressive. You will be provided with trained guides as well as all rafting equipment; the rafting trips can last from a few hours to a few days. One of the most popular places to go rafting is across the Tongariro River with breathtaking views of volcanos, valleys, and wildlife along the way.
5.Sailing Across the Bay of Islands
Set sail across the lush and luxurious Bay of Islands using a boat, and you can witness a myriad of landscapes along the way, including serene beaches, uninhabited islands, and isolated coves. You can also witness history as you pass by significant historical sites. Have fun watching dolphins, seals, penguins, and other exotic creatures along the way.
6.Stride Across Volcanic Cone in Auckland
Take a walk atop the steepest volcanic cone, Mount Eden, in Auckland. The hollow 50 m crater is holy, and you are advised not to walk on it and admire the beauty from afar. Here, you also get to witness the remains of prehistoric Maori village, and while scaling down, do not miss the serene oasis of Eden Gardens.
7.Horse Riding in Coromandel
Coromandel farm stays are hugely popular and offer a unique experience of New Zealand. The South Island’s Coromandel point is full of uninhabited beaches and peaks. You can make a farm stay and go horse riding to explore the summits, highlands, the rivers as well as the farm life. This is an exclusive experience where you get to live amid nature.
8.Milford Sound Cruising
Dubbed as the world’s eighth wonder, Milford Sound is one of the top travel destinations. This picturesque fjord attracts visitors with its fascinating landscape and serene waters. Consider taking a boat ride to soak in the beauty of the waterfalls, high sea cliffs, as well as the majestic aquatic life, including dolphins and penguins. This cruise is simply unmissable if you are a nature lover.
9.Fox Glacier Trekking
Also known as Te Moeka o Tuawe, Fox Glacier is considered the swiftest and leisureliest of treks. It is quite an experience for anyone wishing to snow trek. It is the longest of all glaciers across the West Coast. Ample warm and waterproof clothing is provided along with boots and other trekking gear. You can take a walk across the route, or do ice-climbing and can even go heli-hiking.
10.Paragliding in Queenstown
You can take the Skyline gondola to arrive at the peak of the mountain and enjoy the most thrilling experience you ever had in the sky as you fly 2000 ft above the settlement of Queenstown. It is a 15-minute trip that bounces you up and down and back and forth for a while before you start to descend. You will be surprised at the moves you can make mid-flight.
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