NZ’s five best ad­ven­tures

Five at­trac­tions ev­ery adren­a­line junkie should try.

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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.


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.


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.

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