10 reasons why New Zealand is the Ultimate Adrenaline Destination

Which adventure would be on your bucket list?

20 Nov 14:04

Queenstown is often described as the adrenaline capital of the world and the whole Island is renowned to be a hotspot for adventure seekers.

We wanted to know what it is that New Zealand claims will get your heart racing, palms sweating and the adrenaline flowing.

The list was long and it was tough to whittle down but here's our top 10 of what the land of the long white cloud has in store...

1. The Nevis Swing

Location : Queenstown

Adult: $195

Tandem Adult: $175 (per person)

Kicking off the list with one of the world’s most famous swings - suspended at a staggering 160 meters - prepare to launch, hurtle and fly at 120kph across a canyon. With a 300m arc, you can choose to swing solo or pair up with a buddy.

Keep your eyes open or squeeze them shut, this is definitely one for the fearless.

Adrenaline rating: 9.5/10

2. Black-water rafting

Location : Waitomo

Adult : $138.00

Ruakrui Cave is a huge hotspot for black water rafting. Black water rafting isn’t quite hurtling through muddy water or white water rafting off season - It’s cave tubing.

The caves inWaitomoo are famous for their surreal, twinkling glow worms lining the cave walls. Fly through the darkness, duck the stalagmites and enjoy the ride.

Adrenaline rating: 7/10

3. Bungee Jumping

Location : Queenstown

Adult : $160-$275

Fancy throwing yourself off the world’s first commercial bungy jump in Queenstown?

Choose your distance from 40m to 134m and launch yourself off into the abyss... to shortly bounce back up again. New Zealand is famous for it’s love of bungee jumping and there is no better way to honour their passion for jumping off dizzying heights than to do it yourself. Visit this far flung nation and experience elasticity.

Adrenaline rating: 9.5/10

4. Swimming with wild dolphins

Location : Kaikoura

Adult : $170

Plunge into the open ocean and experience the thrill of swimming with wild dolphins in their natural habitat. Even seeing dolphins from the surface is an amazing experience, but to dive in and bob along side is a whole new venture. This really is something a bit different, just be sure to watch out for the killer whales.

Adrenaline rating 7/10

5. Heli hiking Fox Glacier

Location: Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Adult: $425.00

Think James Bond, think Attenborough, this is nature hiking with an incredible twist.

Accessing the glacier by helicopter has 2 very strong benefits. First, you’ll be able to access the most remote sections. The landing point has been picked to give you access to a part of the glacier where its forces work hardest and often create spectacular ice caves and arches. Second, it’s a helicopter, this is no ordinary tour. Explore a glacier in a completely unique way.

Adrenaline rating: 8.5/10

6. Surfing

Location: The Catlins

Adult : $65 (12 hours) includes board, wetsuit, and accessories.

From snow to surf, New Zealand really does have the best pick of everything. Hit the waves at this sweet surf spot. From beginners lessons to equipment hire, no matter your ability - this is a great location for guaranteeing waves.

The locals are a little more unusual - Sammy the Sea lion is a famous regular on the surf scene alongside yellow-eyed penguins and the local Hector's dolphin colony.

Adrenaline rating: 7/10

7. The Auckland Sky Tower

Location: Auckland

Adult: $145

For the city explorers, elevate your adventure by seeing Auckland from a staggering 192 meters up. Panoramic views - see the attractions, hear the stories and see it all from a completely different view point. Why not have a go and moon walk the skywalk?

The guides love challenging you to daredevil tricks. This is the way to get some inner city adrenaline.

Adrenaline rating: 8/10

8. Raft a 20ft waterfall

Location: Rotorua

Adult : $99 - $185

In New Zealand, you’ll find the highest commercially run waterfall and is there a better way to experience it than launching yourself down it on a dingy. Throw in another 3 waterfalls among the 14 rapids and two smaller waterfalls to practice on before attacking the 7-meter drop named Tutea Falls… learn about Maori culture, ride the rapids.

Adrenaline rating 9/10

9. Sandboarding

Location: Lake Wainamu Black Sand Dunes

Adult : $15 +

Like surfing or snowboarding but without snow or surf. Sand boarding is a fun and unique experience. Whether you side on your stomach, standing on the board - sit or tumble, this is a great day out for everyone.

Sand surfing is available during the warm season when there is no snow on the sand hills, so make sure you go at the right time of year, otherwise, you’ll be skiing.

Adrenaline rating: 7/10

10. Skydive the Southern Alps

Location: Queenstown or Wanaka

Adult: $249 - $399

Freefalling at speeds up to 200kph, this is not one for the faint hearted. Flying tandem, put your trust in one of the qualified jumpmasters.

As the parachute is deployed, the views are sensational; snow capped mountains, greenery and icy lakes stretching for miles. Drift and enjoy. This is one of the best ways to see the southern Island.

Adrenaline rating: 10/10

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