TOURISM

New Zealand Adventure Tourism

We challenge you to find a country that packs more untouched, dramatic and diverse scenery into a small space than New Zealand. The light here is different somehow, making the fiords, glaciers, rainforest, volcanoes, beech forests and rugged coastlines crisper, brighter and a bit more intense than you’d ever expect.

You’ll find yourself surrounded by some of the best scenery on the planet with few signs of civilisation and no one else around. As an independent nation that lies across the Tasman Sea from Australia, New Zealand is home to only four and a half million people. About a third of them reside in Auckland city and the rest are spread out around two main islands, which together are about half the size of California, leaving vast tracts nearly uninhabited. It’s no wonder a lot of visitors find it hard to leave!

Kiwis are warm, resourceful and as friendly as they come.They’ll charm you with their accent, wave as you pass by on a country road and often stop for a chat. With no snakes, land predators like big cats or bears, or any other nasty critters to bite you on the trail, New Zealand is a haven for hikers. We have, however, got plenty of lambs frolicking in the paddocks, Tui birds calling in the forests and fur seals lazing in the sun on the rocky shores.

With a very extensive network of hiking and biking trails and almost 1000 backcountry huts, the options for exploring our wilderness can be overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve spent years ‘tramping’ (the Kiwi term for hiking) in the mountains, biking the trails and paddling the calm waters to hand pick the best. Some spots, such as the Milford Track, are deservedly world renowned, while other amazing locations are virtually undiscovered. Off the trail, our towns are charming and unique and since Kiwis love their creature comforts, you’ll never be too far from a beautifully made cup of coffee. Sweet as!

If adventure sports press all your buttons, get ready for the trip of a lifetime.

Bungy, skydiving, caving, canyoning … New Zealand has every adventure activity and extreme sport you can think of – and some you’ve never even heard of! All set to a backdrop of mind-blowing landscapes.

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Extreme sport is all the more enjoyable when you’re surrounded by extreme beauty.
Bungy

For many visitors, bungy jumping in New Zealand has almost become a rite of passage, that they take that heart-stopping leap of faith while they’re here.

Photo: AJ Hackett

Luckie Strike cave in Waitomo
Caving

Waitomo is often top of mind when thinking of caving in New Zealand, however there are many awesome caving sites throughout the country for you to explore.

Photo: Absolute Adventure

Four-wheel-drive tours make it easy to explore remote areas of natural beauty
Off-road driving

A wonderful by-product of New Zealand’s agricultural heritage is our comprehensive network of back-country roads and tracks.

Photo: Thrillseekers Adventures

What better way is there to take in the amazing views than from thousands of feet above it all?
Skydiving

Skydiving in New Zealand is a popular adventure activity. What better way is there to take in the amazing views than from thousands of feet above it all?

Photo: NZONE Skydive

Rafting
Rafting

From a quiet drift through forest wilderness to a white-knuckled, wide-eyed journey down turbulent rapids, rafting covers the full adventure spectrum.

Photo: River Valley Rafting

Jetboat Huka Falls
Jet Boating

Jet boating is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness and can be enjoyed the whole year round. Sit back, buckle yourself in and feel the acceleration.

Photo: Destination Lake Taupo