NZ’s five best adventures
Five attractions every adrenaline junkie should try.
There is nowhere in New Zealand like the Waitomo Caves to see and experience the true subterranean beauty of the Earth. Guided by a torchlight and glow worms, you can abseil, zip-line, go black water rafting, boat, climb waterfalls and more, all - quite simply - underneath the Earth.
2. WORLD’S BIGGEST SWING
If you had a choice, would you slide, cycle or be pushed over the edge of a cliff and free-fall 60 metres? These are the options that face thrillseekers who are wild enough to go on the Shotover Canyon Swing in Queenstown. For $279, adrenaline junkies propel themselves off a 109m platform, enter a 60m free-fall and swing 200m above the famous Shotover River.
Rotorua’s Canopy Tours will send you soaring 222 metres across nothing but wild, dense, native, greenery. There’s only one way to get from A to B, and that’s by ziplining your way across.
4. SHARK CAVE DIVING
Shark season normally kicks off in December, when great whites head to the Foveaux Strait, between the South Island and Stewart Island. Shark cage tours operate from Bluff, where about 100 great white sharks pass through each year, under DOC permit, ensuring the shark population is not overly disturbed.
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be stuffed inside a washing machine and tumble around in warmwater, then this is for you (just don’t forget the waterproof mascara). Zorb, got the ball rolling on this in Rotorua but Ogo offers the same thrills and spills.