Top Adventure Sports in New Zealand

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New Zealand is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places on earth. It offers everything your wanderlust-fuelled heart could hope to see in one place. The sheer beauty of the landscape, from it’s snow-capped Southern Alps to its rippling lakes, creates the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable adventure.

Luckily for us, the crafty Kiwis realised their beautiful country offers up a playground for big kids (that’s us!) They saw rivers, caves and mountains and realised they’d make a whole lot of people very happy if they turned them into the base for many amazing adventure sports. So, they did just that. Now, New Zealand isn’t just a beautiful place to visit, it’s one that’s ridiculously fun too!

If you’re planning a trip to New Zealand and need some inspiration on how to have an unforgettable time, here are some of the very best adventure sports on offer.


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Strap yourself to another human and jump out of a perfectly good plane, for the ultimate rush! As we all know, the scenery in New Zealand is ridiculous, so it’s the perfect spot to do a Skydive and see NZ from an incredible angle. Try Queenstown’s NZone or Skydive Wanaka.



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If you find yourself in New Zealand during summer, a Heli-Bike adventure is a must! Climb aboard a helicopter and take an amazing ride through the mountains before being dropped atop a peak with unimaginably gorgeous views, then ride your hired mountain bike down to the bottom. Check out Fat Tyre Adventures in Queenstown.

Jet Boat

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Climb aboard a jet boat and rip along a river at high speeds, busting spins and turns that make you scream out with excitement. Not only this, but the scenery all around you is spectacular, typical New Zealand! Take a look at the famous Shotover Jet and Skippers Canyon Jet.


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For an unforgettable day, climb aboard a helicopter and set off for a day of skiing or snowboarding in picture-perfect backcountry terrain that boasts some of the world’s most dramatic scenery. Try Heli-Ski for amazing tours of Queenstown, Wanaka and Mt Cook.

Bungy Jump

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New Zealand is the birth place of the bungy, so it seems a little bit rude to visit and not jump off at least one bridge or platform. There are plenty of places to do it and varying heights to tackle. Check out AJ Hackett’s Kawarau Bridge, Ledge or Nevis jumps.

Exploring Caves

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There’s a myriad of a incredible caves and hidden waterways waiting to be explored. You can spend a day black water rafting in Waitomo with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. You can also climb through a hidden cave world, float through a glow-worm cavern and explore a river in a tube with Underworld Adventures in Charleston.

Heli Hike a Glacier

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The Franz Josef Glacier has to be seen to be believed! The best way to see it? strap on a whole bunch of essential glacier-hiking gear (including special spiked boots), climb aboard a helicopter and land on the glacier. Then, spend a few hours traversing the ice, squeezing through narrow corridors and taking in the views. The guys at Franz Josef Glacier Guides are your best bet.

Ogo or Zorb

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Climb inside a giant, clear hamster ball, throw in some water and set off down the side of a hill. Standing up won’t be possible as you’re whizzed around, up and down, side to side and come out the other side with a broad smile across your face. You can do the Ogo in Rotorua with its inventors or check out the Zorb, also in Rotorua.


Phoebe Lee is the travel writer and award-winning blogger behind funny and relatable blog, Little Grey Box. Her fun YouTube videos, useful travel guides and beautiful photographs are all aimed at inspiring others to live a life they love and never settle for less.


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