Kayaking in New Zealand

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There are many beautiful places all over the world offering a unique culture and beautiful natural sites for you to behold.

And one of the many gems that you should include in your list is New Zealand.

New Zealand is a beautiful country that boasts various landscapes for you to explore. It has a vibrant culture that you can enjoy and take part in. And for a lot of tourists, New Zealand is familiar enough not to be too scary or intimidating to visit, but it is foreign enough to spark a sense of adventure in you.

If you’re wondering what you should visit while you are in New Zealand, well here is a list of 11 fun things.

Try to check them out when you are in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Add them to your New Zealand itinerary.

Fun Things to Do in New Zealand

1. Climb Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto volcano in the distance
Rangitoto volcano in the distance / Photo from Pixabay

In Rangitoto Island, you can find the youngest volcano in the country.

It’s quite a scenic view to behold.

Climbing Rangitoto Island means that once you’re at the peak, you will get a breathtaking view of Auckland and its islands. Plus, if you’re an avid hiker, then you will enjoy not only the destination but also the journey to get there.

You can get to Rangitoto Island after a half an hour ferry ride from downtown Auckland.

You can even have a more adventurous route to the island if you want by booking yourself a kayak tour to get to it.

2. Experience the Rere Rock Slide

Lake water
Photo by Immortal shots from Pexels

The Rere Rock Slide is exactly what it sounds like.

It’s a slip n’ slide that is made from natural rocks.

This exciting wonder is located in Gisborne, New Zealand and is about 650 ft / 200 meters long. What makes it so optimal for sliding is the constant flow of water that it gets from the Wharekopae River.

It’s available for free.

You don’t have to pay anything to be able to go to this slip n’ slide, but you do have to consider that it is made out of the rock.

Thus, it is recommended that you have some kind of barriers like an inflatable between you and the rock you’re sliding on.

3. Walk up the Mount Eden

There are a lot of beautiful hiking trails in New Zealand, and here is one of them.

The hike up Mount Eden isn’t going to take you more than an hour or so since it’s only 1.2 miles / 2 kilometers at most.

Although it’s a steep walk up Auckland’s highest volcano, it is still definitely worth the short trip to be able to see another different view of Auckland and its harbor.

If you have half of your day open to a short day hike, spend that time climbing up Mount Eden.

4. Feel the Excitement While Skydiving

People skydiving
Photo from Pixabay

If you want to feel a big surge of adrenaline rush during your trip to New Zealand, then go skydiving.

Given New Zealand’s beautiful verdant landscapes, the view from above and as you come hurtling down will be fantastic.

That is if you’re able to admire the view at that point in time.

You can go skydiving in a lot of places, but you have to consider your comfortability first before you go.

If you’re a beginner, then you should avail of the tandem skydiving services.

If you’re a pro, then you might want something more exhilarating like a freefall.

5. Conquer the World-Famous Bungy

Bungee jumping from a bridge
Bungee jumping from a bridge / Photo from Pixabay

Did you know that commercial bungee jumping comes from New Zealand?

It became a commercialized activity because of a Kiwi named AJ Hackett?

Nowadays it’s a very popular activity if you’re out adventuring in New Zealand.

And if you’re up for an adventure, then you should definitely “take the leap” and go bungee jumping in New Zealand. Add it to your list of things to do in New Zealand.

One of the most famous locations to do this is in Queenstown at the Kawarau Bridge. This is also where AJ Hackett first made bungy jumping the phenomenon that it is now.

It doesn’t seem as extreme as skydiving does, but it’s still an exciting endeavor and a fun activity to do while you’re in New Zealand.

6. Enjoy Ziplining

Little Palm beach, Waiheke island, New Zealand
Little Palm beach, Waiheke island, New Zealand / Photo from Pixabay

Would you like to get a unique look at Auckland?

Go ziplining in Waiheke Island, from where you’ll get to see the beauty of Auckland Harbor. You can even go ziplining with a friend using the dual zipline.

There are also zip lines in Queenstown, particularly at Bob’s Peak.

It’s one of the steepest ziplines in the world and can go up to speeds of 70 kilometers per hour. That’s fast!

If you have the need for speed, then you might want to head on over to Bob’s Peak for their unique ziplining experience.

7. Feel the Power of Water by Jet Boating

Jet Boating near Queenstown, New Zealand
Jet Boating near Queenstown, New Zealand / Photo from Pixabay

Another interesting fact about the people of New Zealand?

They are also responsible for inventing the modern jet boat.

You can credit this invention to Bill Hamilton, who invented jet boats so that it is easier to navigate shallow rivers around South Island. Therefore this is something that you wouldn’t want to miss while you are in New Zealand.

The great thing about jet boating is that it’s an activity that you can do all-year-round.

There are plenty of shallow rivers around New Zealand that offer jet boating services. Meaning that you can skim across water surfaces no matter where and when you want.

8. Go Off-road Driving

Ninety mile beach, New Zealand
Ninety mile beach / Photo from Pixabay

Another adventure worth trying in New Zealand is off-road driving.

Northlands, Ninety-Mile Beach, is the place to add to your New Zealand itinerary.

Here you have a chance to navigate through dunes around the area using a 4WD vehicle.

If you’re a particularly adventurous person, then an off-road adventure is something up your alley.

9. Try White Water Rafting in New Zealand

People white water rafting
Photo from Pixabay

There are many mountains in New Zealand.

That means there are also a lot of beautiful places where you can go white water rafting.

You can figure out which rivers suit your level of experience with white water rafting based on the grades given to them. The range falls between grade 1 to grade 5, and the gentlest rivers will be graded grade 1.

Of course, this means the challenging rivers will be in grade 5.

10. Check Out Their Caves

Cathedral Cove New Zealand
Cathedral Cove, New Zealand / Photo from Pixabay

One of the best options – Waitomo Caves.

This particular area will definitely make you feel like you are in another universe altogether.

This cave system lets you enjoy the spectacular sight of glow worms gleaming along the sides of the cave walls. You can even go black water rafting in the Waitomo Caves if you want.

The Ngarua Caves are also worth exploring, especially if you get yourself a guide. They will be able to explain the history and facts surrounding the caves that will interest both adults and kids alike.

11. Consider Going Canyoneering

Canyoneering
Photo from Pixabay

Canyoneering is like an extreme version of exploring nature around you.

Some people describe it as white water rafting, except there is no boat.

Of course, not everyone will enjoy going for a canyoning. And it is best reserved for adrenaline junkies who are physically fit and are looking for a way to experience the outdoors in a more extreme way. If that’s you, definitely go for it when you’re traveling to New Zealand.

Have you been in New Zealand? Did you try any of these fun things? Is there something else you would definitely add to the list? Tell us in the comments.

Featured photo by Thilo Lehnert from Pexels.

Book Your Trip Like a PRO

1. Book Your Flight

Find cheap flights using Kiwi.com, Momondo.com. Or subscribe to Dollar Flight Club, if you don’t want to be searching for the flights yourself. Momondo usually is my first choice.

2. Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com, Agoda.com and Airbnb. I use Booking and Agoda at least a dozen times a year, and Airbnb – when looking for a long-term stay. My best tip is to ALWAYS compare the price. Sometimes the same hotel is cheaper on Booking.com, other times – on Agoda. Always compare the price!

3. Buy Your Travel Insurance

World Nomads and SafetyWings are two companies I can recommend. World Nomads offers some extra benefits, that will be important for those doing some higher risk activities, while SafetyWings is significantly cheaper. SafetyWings is only $9.25 / week.



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