There is a common misconception that New Zealand, while being one of the world’s most beautiful and scenic countries, doesn’t actually offer a lot to do in terms of activities.
Driving by rolling pastures dotted with fluffy sheep may well be soothing and relaxing, but what about those who visit the country in search of proper thrills?
If you happen to be one of those who needs an adrenaline rush every now and then, don’t fret. New Zealand boasts an incredible number of adventures to get your heart racing, according to one of the world’s leading travel guides.
Lonely Planet announced the release of their new 1,000 Ultimate Adventures book in August, which showcases the most exciting adventure ideas from around the world – and 33 of them are straight out of Aotearoa.
So next time you’re visiting, grab a rental car in New Zealand and check out these awesome activities:
Lonely Planet picked out the famous Coast to Coast Walk as Auckland’s premier adventure experience.
It’s your only chance to walk from one end of Auckland to the other in the space of a day, while taking in some of the city’s top natural and historic sights.
Sky Tower in central Auckland offers the opportunity to throw yourself off the top in the world’s original cable controlled base jump with cameras at the bottom to capture the moment.
Christchurch and Canterbury
Swimming in New Zealand’s pristine oceans is a wonderful experience in itself.
So why not add a few dolphins into the mix for a day you’ll remember for years to come?
Just an 80 minute drive from Christchurch with your car hire will bring you to Akaroa Harbour, where you’ll have the chance to jump in the water with these friendly sea creatures.
The bungy jump is a staple item on most people’s bucket lists. Could there be anything more exciting than tying your ankles together and leaping off into the abyss?
Luckily, New Zealand is a haven for this thrill, with Queenstown being one of the world’s top bungy hotspots.