5 Reasons Adrenaline Junkies Need To Visit New Zealand

5 Reasons Adrenaline Junkies Need To Visit New Zealand

Planning a trip to New Zealand and looking for something exhilarating to get your heart rate going? If you’re looking for an adventure, explore our top recommendations for adrenaline junkies in New Zealand. From bungee jumping in Queenstown to diving with sharks in Auckland, find out our top 5 things to do for your adrenaline-filled holiday.

The Best Outdoor Activities In New Zealand

1. Plunge into white water rafting

You might have tried white water rafting before, but it’s a whole different story to immerse yourself in the fast rapids at Kaitiaki Adventures near Rotorua. You’ll finish by speeding over the seven-metre drop that is Tutea Falls, the highest waterfall that you can water raft in the world.

Experience up to two hours and 30 minutes of water activities as the momentum of the water drives your raft along. Tempted? It’s best to book in advance to arrange your river experience.

2. Give caving a go

If you’re an adrenaline junkie hunting for excitement but you’re equally happy to stay dry, have you been caving? Visit Waitomo caves, in a village on the North island of New Zealand.

Waitomo caves are well known for the thousands of glow-worms lighting up the underground. They’re often referred to as the ‘Glowworm Caves’. Enter a bright world of limestone formations as well as natural waterfalls scattered throughout the caves. Remember to layer up with your insulated jacket, as it gets quite chilly in the caves.

There are calming boat rides in the cave’s tunnels, but if you plan on high energy activities, check out the Blackwater Rafting Company when you visit New Zealand. Choose between the Black Abyss or the Black Labyrinth tours including black water rafting through the Ruakuri cave, as well as abseiling and climbing opportunities.

3. Take a leap with sky diving

Skydiving is one of the most extreme things to do in New Zealand. Visit Queenstown to try skydiving for the first, second or hundredth time. Jump a range of altitudes, up to 15,000 feet, to take your breath away. Take part in a tandem skydive in Queenstown and experience falling through thin air for a whole 60 seconds with a qualified instructor in tow.

4. Get up close with sharks

Ever considered submerging into the deep? Immerse yourself with underwater life at Shark Dive Xtreme in Auckland’s Kelly Tarlton Sea Life Aquarium. Learn and practice with a team of specialists and receive their thorough instructions first. Get up close with Grey Nurse sharks as well as scuba diving with a variety of marine life.

Dive into a full 40 minutes of under-water experience with all the important equipment and wetsuits you need. Celebrate with a reward of your very own shark dive certificate when you leave the tank.

5. Step into bungee jumping

Wondering if bungee jumping in New Zealand is worth it? At Ledge Bungee, you can fly into a 43-metre bungee jump at Kawarau Bridge. Opening back in 1988, it was the first commercial bungee jump in the world. One of the highlights is that it not only overlooks the Kawarau River, but you can even choose to bounce just above the water, on the very surface of it, or to splash right into the depths!

Visit Nevis Bungy suspended over a canyon, which is New Zealand’s biggest jump at 134 metres. Take a leap of faith, with all of the safety gear needed, and free fall for almost nine seconds. Queenstown adrenaline activities aren’t thin on the ground – adrenaline junkies are spoilt for choice.

Make the most of your time in New Zealand and don’t forget to share your adventures with us on Instagram. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mycraghoppers when you’re exploring with your trusted Craghoppers gear.