Adventure, excitement and the outdoors – New Zealand has a booming tourism industry that caters to the active holiday. Whether you are looking to spend your nights in some of the nation’s more luxurious accommodation or you’d rather pitch a tent at a local camping ground, you’ll still be looking for the best views and the best hiking tracks during the day. Exploring the unknown and creating your own unique experience is what a journey through the country should be all about. With plenty of rental cars in NZ, finding these great experiences is easy.
Make sure you stop off in a few of these key adventure-tourism spots during your journey
Auckland is famous for its incredible nightlife and reputation as the country’s largest metropolis. It’s bustling at nearly all hours with cafes, bars, restaurants, theatres and clubs – there is literally always something on in the City of Sails. The best way to jump into the action is to, literally, jump in! Auckland’s Sky Tower is the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere and the SkyJump is your chance to climb to the top and jump 192m down, attached by wire. There aren’t many landmarks you can take the plunge off, but at the Auckland Sky Tower, it’s encouraged!
Fox and Franz Josef Glacier
On the West Coast in the South Island, these two ice giants attract thousands every day. Fox and Franz Josef glaciers both offer you the chance to dig your heels in and take a guided climb of one of the most incredible marvels in nature. There aren’t any other glaciers in the world as accessible and easy to get to as these two – you won’t regret a journey south to see them. Book a trip with Fox Glacier Guiding, an all day walk or even a helihike, or an ice climb with Franz Josef Glacier Guides.
Perhaps the most incredible experience offered in the whole country, there aren’t a lot of things more intense than skydiving. NZONE operates in both Rotorua and Queenstown – the opportunity to do a jump is only ever a drive away. Tandem skydive or learn to go it solo; whichever way you want to jump you can. Don’t miss out on the chance to give it a go.
You might picture hot pools, day spas and masseuses to be synonymous with Rotorua – the place in the country that you can go to lie back, relax and take it easy but, if you’re after something more than that, then Whakarewarewa Forest is the place to go. With over 70km of tracks and trails to cater for anyone from the newcomers to the most experienced mountain bikers, there is no better place in the world to be on two wheels. Bike shops around the city offer hires for tourists and will be able to provide you with the official map of all the tracks and trails through the forest.
Known as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown perhaps has more adventure activities concentrated in one place than the rest of the country combined. While there are plenty to choose from when you visit, AJ Hackett Bungy is a name known by thrill seekers everywhere and the headline feature of adventure tourism in New Zealand. Two different jumps, both over 40m high, wait for you in the South Island resort town. Jump from the Karawau Bridge and take the plunge at night on the Ledge Jump at the Skyline Complex at the top of the gondola.
Adventure tourism is a staple of the tourism industry from Auckland down to Invercargill. Whatever region you’re in, you’ll find excitement just waiting for you. With so many places to get to, travelling around the country isn’t the easiest without your own form of transport. Many travellers choose to book rental cars in NZ for a more convenient and enjoyable holiday. Relocation specials and deals for backpackers can make the trip a lot cheaper too.