Top activities for thrill seeking Kiwis
New Zealand – the birthplace of the bungy jump and home to some of the world’s most diverse, pristine landscapes. You could say it’s an adrenaline junkie’s mecca. If you’re the kind of Kiwi that wakes up hankering for a thrill seeking adventure (and we don’t mean to the coffee shop), this is the list for you.
Heli-Skiing the Southern Alps
Skip the queue for the chair lift and touch down at the top of the mountain in your private helicopter. You’ll experience fresh, untouched powder and pure adrenaline, amongst spectacular scenery. New Zealand’s Southern Alps is the perfect location – boasting over 600 runs across 11 mountain ranges, looking over Lake Wakatipu, Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea and Lake Pukaki.
Glacier Heli Hike
Continuing the helicopter theme, because isn’t a helicopter trip the ultimate combination of adventure and luxury? Fly across the rugged terrain of the West Coast to the Franz Josef Glacier for a guided hike. Your exact experience depends on the conditions on the day, but that just adds to the adventure. You might explore ice caves, crawl through ice tunnels, or slip through crevasses between towering walls of ice. Either way, you’ll be in awe.
Canyoning along Lake Wakatipu
Canyoning is one of the world’s fastest growing adventure sports, and Lake Wakatipu provides the perfect playground. If you love a good hike, but are keen on taking the adventure level up a notch, canyoning might be for you. It’s hiking on steroids – getting from A to B by swimming, abseiling, sliding and climbing. You can take your thrill seeking desires as far as you’d like, with a few options depending on your experience and fitness level. Even newbies are encouraged to give it a go.
Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
For an experience that is out of this world, yet just across the ditch, dive the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll find Nemo (and Dory), watch elegant stingrays, and bump into turtles. Just watch out for those reef sharks! Accommodation is about as plentiful as the sea creatures – choose a luxury island resort, a treehut in the rainforest, or a budget cabin.
Cage Diving with Great Whites
Get into your wetsuit and get out of your comfort zone. A new law in 2018 deemed cage diving illegal in New Zealand, leaving South Australia the best place in Australasia to cage dive with Great Whites. No diving experience is necessary to get up close and personal with one of the ocean’s deadliest predators.
White Water Rafting Adventure
The world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall is in the Kaituna River, Rotorua. You’ll start with a leisurely drift down the river and stop off for a quick jump and swim by the historic power station. Get warmed up rafting over some small waterfalls before the big kahuna – an impressive 7 metre drop!
White water rafting in Australia is just as fun. In Queensland you can raft over rapids for five hours on the Tully River – through a striking World Heritage listed rainforest.
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