New Zealand activities for adrenaline junkies

Millions of people visit New Zealand each year - and plenty of them seek out the white-knuckle adrenaline activities for which the country is renowned.

From swooping bungee jumps to black water rafting through caves, New Zealand offers something for every thrill-seeker.

Skydive

Skydiving is surely one of the best ways to enjoy the spectacular scenery on offer, with world famous spots including Taupo, Franz Josef and the adrenaline capital itself: Queenstown.

You're in safe hands, with experienced operators overseeing tens of thousands of skydives every year. 

If you're going to fall 12,000 feet, be sure you pick somewhere picturesque to enjoy the view on the way down. You'll be pretty spoiled for choice but we think the volcanic backdrop and shimmering lake at Taupo make it a stand-out.

White water rafting

New Zealand has plenty of dramatic cliffs and gorges, making it the perfect place to indulge in a little white water rafting. Out in the elements with only a boat and your oar, it's is an exhilarating experience that's not for the faint-hearted.

If you're new to this, don't worry - there are different grades of rafting available, meaning you can dip your toe in the water first without having to dive straight in. For the more experienced rafter, there's a real treat waiting at Kaituna River: the tallest commercially raftable waterfall in the world, Tutea Falls, with a hair-raising seven metre drop.

Caving

New Zealand is just as beautiful underground as it is on the surface, with plenty of hidden treasures beneath waiting to be explored.

Waitomo is the best-known cave complex in New Zealand, and offers visitors different experiences depending on how brave they're feeling. You can simply walk through the caves, or if you're feeling more adventurous, why not try black water rafting? If you crave even more from your cave tour you can abseil through the complex – a truly memorable way to see the sights!

Sky jump

Auckland is a gorgeous city however you experience it, but one way to make it unforgettable is to see it from above. Many operators give you the opportunity to jump off New Zealand's highest building while you're in Auckland, showing you the view from a very different perspective.

Canyon swing

Of all the adrenaline-pumping experiences New Zealand has to offer, canyon swinging is not to be missed.

Taking you high over rocky terrain, you can swing down over the canyons in tandem, or fly solo if you're feeling brave. The Nevis Swing is the highest swing in the world, taking you 120 metres up before bringing you down. If you'd prefer to start a bit closer to the ground, why not try the 43-metre swing at Taupo?

Bungee jump

When it comes to adrenaline-pumping activities, there's nothing like bungee jumping - it's long been one of New Zealand's most famed attractions. Bungee jumping is as quintessentially Kiwi as the kiwi itself, so take advantage of the many bungee jumping sites while you're here.

The Nevis Bungee is higher than any other jump in the Southern Hemisphere. If water-touch jumps are more your style, head over to Lake Taupo to enjoy the highest water-touch jump the world has to offer.

Jet boat / ski

Part of New Zealand's natural charm are its many lakes and rivers, so why not try an extreme water sport? Whether you're navigating narrow strips of water with rock faces on either side or blasting over wide watery spaces, this is sure to be one hell of a ride.

The world-renowned Shotover Jet in Queenstown is one of many jet boat experiences that will thrill any visitor – however, this one offers 360-degree spins in the boat!

Climbing

New Zealand's beautiful mountain ranges mean there are plenty of climbing opportunities.

Packed full of magnificent rock faces and peaks, it's little wonder so many thrill seekers search out the Southern Alps mountain range during a visit to the country.

As you work your way up, be sure to stop and take in the stunning panoramic views from the top. After all, if it's good enough for Sir Edmund Hillary...