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Adventure Travel Destinations in New Zealand


If you are searching for a serious adventure holiday destination, New Zealand fits the perfect description of an adventure paradise. In fact, New Zealand is arguably the world’s adventure capital thanks to an abundance of stunningly diverse terrain, consisting of spectacular mountains, rivers, and the sea which are all perfect for any adventure activity and extreme sports including biking, hiking, mountain climbing, rafting, bungee jumping, sky diving, jet skiing and boating, snow skiing, snowboarding, and parasailing. New Zealand offers any visitor who is searching for an adventurous experience a great opportunity for participating in extreme adventures that can be found in its diverse geographic locations.

Fiordland National Park

In case you are a hiking enthusiast, New Zealand boasts of what could be termed as the world’s greatest hiking route. The Milford Track is a 33 mile trail that goes through the center of Fiordland National Park, and it is surrounded by magnificent scenery. Mount Ruapehu is an active volcano that is located within the Fiordland National Park on the North Island and during the winter months, it is a great location for lovers of snowboarding and skiing. The location is not only one of the most popular adventure travel destinations in New Zealand, but it was also voted among the top 10 greatest adventure travel destinations in 2011 by gadling.com.

Great Walks

New Zealand’s national parks as well as Great Walks also offer adventure tourists a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore spectacular sceneries of New Zealand’s parks while backpacking, tramping, camping, trekking, bush walking, horse riding, and hiking. While on adventure tours, around the Great Walks, you can enjoy spectacular scenery that rivals Lord of the Rings. Some of the Great Walks you can explore while on an adventure tour in New Zealand include Milford Track, Kepler Track. Stewart Island track, Dart Rees Track, Heaphy Track, and Routeburn Track.

New Zealand’s numerous national parks and hundreds of thousands of acres of recreation land presents any adventure seeking tourist with unlimited wilderness to experience. The country’s unpredictable climate can quickly shift from blistering heat and clear blue skies, to torrential rain, and dramatically low temperatures making your adventure more challenging.

Hot Rocks Tour: North Island

While in, New Zealand, you should not miss an opportunity of taking the famous hot Rocks tour. It is a tour of the North Island that offers any adventure tourist the best experience of the thermal north. It takes you through the active volcanic sites of the North Island where you will be treated to a mix of dramatic volcanic wonders, Maori culture, as well as ancient Kauri forests that are lined with golden coastlines and enticing turquoise waters. There are so many attractions and activities to do while on the tour that you will be spoilt for choice. You can visit the thermal mud pools of Rotorua, participate in sea kayaking or sand boarding, visit the Waitomo caves, go for dolphin swimming, or go sailing on New Zealand’s largest lake. This trip offers you a rare and exciting chance to experience the culture, diversity, and magnificent beauty of New Zealand.

Summer Blast Tour: South Island

Another adventurous way to tour New Zealand is by taking the popular “summer blast” tour and experience the best that South Island has to offer. The trip takes you through a wide range of natural wonders, which include mountains, glaciers, dramatic fiords and beautiful beaches. There are numerous wildlife encounters while on the trip as the rugged coastline hosts dolphins, penguins, whales, seals, and other sea creatures. If you are thirsty for adrenaline, there are numerous activities to get into including glacier hiking, dolphin swimming, kayaking, paragliding, skydiving, bungy jumping, white water rafting and surfing.

Extreme Sports

If you are a fan of extreme sports, you will quickly discover why New Zealand is the undeniable extreme sports capital of the world. New Zealand extreme sports providers are especially respectful of the faith placed in their capabilities, and they are proud for surpassing adventurers’ expectations. Extreme sports in New Zealand can be found in Dunedin Extreme sports, Queenstown Extreme Action, Christchurch Extreme Action, Palmerston Extreme Action, Waikato South extreme Action Sports, and Auckland extreme Sports just to name some. Some of the extreme sports you can participate in include bungy jumping, spider walking, abseils in waterfalls, rock climbing, jag air flying, sky diving, and jet boating.