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Five Adventure Travel Activities in New Zealand

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New Zealand is a land of magic and adventure where you can truly believe that anything can happen. For those amongst us who prefer our holidays to be active and exciting, New Zealand offers some of the best natural playgrounds in the world! Here are just five of the amazing adventures this country has to offer:

Kayak Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound

Whether you want a gentle day’s paddling or a longer distance endurance test over several days, the Fjordland region offers many opportunities to get out on the water under your own steam. See the dramatic, snow-capped  mountain ranges climbing high above you as you paddle on the deep waters of the sounds. See aboriginal art, wildlife and natural wonders as you get out in the fresh air in places you can only get to on the water.

Waimoto Glowworm Caves black water rafting

Experience the amazing sight of a cave filled with glow-worms twinkling like stars as you raft beneath through the dark caverns. Sit back and soak it all in as you travel along on the dark, black waters. See also the amazing limestone formations, stalagmites and stalactites, which have formed over millions of years. You can explore the caves on a variety of tours, ranging from the sedate to downright crazy – the choice is yours.

Scuba diving around the Poor Knights Islands

New Zealand’s coastal waters are a paradise for those who like to dive, with a diverse range of habitats teeming with a wide variety of sea life. The Poor Knight’s Islands Marine Reserve has been said to be one of the best diving environments not just in New Zealand but in the world. Why not take advantage of the opportunities to dive wrecks, sudden underwater drops and sub-tropical reefs? Come and experience the supreme beauty for yourself.

Ski on a volcano or in the stunning Southern Alps

There are plenty of skiing opportunities in New Zealand. There are nine commercial ski centres on the South Island, and two on North Island’s Mount Ruapehu, where you can ski on the slopes of a volcano. For the ultimate ski adventure, why not try heli-skiing in the Southern Alps, where miles and miles of pristine off-piste skiing awaits amid the glorious and dramatic scenery. The season runs from June to October.

Bungy jump in the place of its invention

Why not try this crazy activity where the first commercial bungy jump operation was set up in the 1980s, at Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown. Or if you would rather, you can jump from Auckland Harbour Bridge looking out over the beautiful view of Waitemata Harbour. There are bungy jump locations all over the country, so you are spoiled for choice if you do decide to give it a go.

Whatever you plan to see and do in New Zealand and wherever you go, you are bound to have a wonderful time in this magical land of adventure. So, what are you waiting for?

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