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top 5 must-do adrenaline activities in New Zealand

top 5 must-do adrenaline activities in New Zealand

Canyoning in Abel Tasman Photo taken by: (Flying Kiwi Traveller)

top 5 must-do adrenaline activities in New Zealand

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Whilst a Flying Kiwi New Zealand adventure tour is jam-packed with activities, we also offer a wide range of optional activities for explorers choose from. To help you decide what other adventures to add to your bucket list, we asked around our guides to pick their top 5 must-do adrenaline activities in New Zealand! Here’s what they came up with - drum roll please...


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With 4 different locations to choose from on our Ultimate Explorer Tour it's a fairly common question on where the best place is to skydive in New Zealand. The locations are: Taupo, Queenstown, Fox Glacier and Abel Tasman. Each location is unique to their own and this might help you in deciding where you would like to jump out of a plane from!

Taupo Tandem Skydive – Located in the central North Island and surrounded by active volcanoes, need I say more? Enjoy the views of the Lake Tapuo, Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngaruahoe as your back drop at the Southern end of the Lake. 

NZONE Queenstown – Queenstown, the adrenaline capital of THE WORLD! Your plane ride will give you a nice close up view of the favored mountain range ‘The Remarkables’ before dropping you out of the plane right over the top of Lake Wakatipu.

Skydive Fox Glacier – With a backdrop of the Southern Alps, Aoraki/Mt Cook, Glaciers, Rain Forest and the Ocean, it pretty much sells itself!

Skydive Abel Tasman – Located in the sunniest area of the country, you are almost guaranteed 100% all go on the weather front. Including the park in your view you will also get glimpses of fruit orchards, Tasman bay coast line, the North Island, and if you’re lucky, Mt Taranaki, a single Volcano on the western side of the North Island.

So, where is the best place to Skydive? I'll leave that up to you to decide.

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Bungy Jumping

With Bungy Jumping being invented in New Zealand it is a 100% must do, and if you’re gonna do it, you might as well do the big one! The Nevis Bungy, the highest bungy jump in New Zealand. Hanging at 134m in the Nevis valley this jump is sure to give you all the feels! The jump is scary enough as it is but get this, you have to take a little cable cart out across the valley to meet the jump platform that’s suspended by cable wires right in the center! And just in case you were trying to be one of the brave, the floor is made out of glass! Are you ready to take the plunge?

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Skippers Canyon Jet Boat

Skippers Canyon Jet Boat is awesome! Not only do you get to go screaming down Shotover River where in places the water is only 5 inches deep, getting so close to the canyon walls that if you stuck your arm out you probably wouldn’t have it any more and doing 360 degree spins throughout your journey, you also get to drive down one of the top 10 most dangerous roads in the world! Now if that doesn’t kick start your adrenaline then I don’t think anything will. Travelling at speeds of up to 80kmph through some of the narrower canyons on the Shotover River you will also get the chance to see a Lord of The Rings film location and learn a bit about New Zealand's gold mining history.



Canyoning in Abel Tasman is an epic series of abseiling, cliff jumps, natural rock slides and zip lines to make your way through a canyon that is completely inaccessible without an expert guide, the ropes, harnesses and wet-suits needed to get to the bottom. A full on day including walking, swimming, dunking under waterfalls and conquering fears! This amazing activity is located right in the middle of Abel Tasman National Park and you will definitely not be disappointed by the views and your stoke levels!

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White Water Rafting

A great mixture of team work, adrenaline, fun and terrifying all at the same time! Choose your level from 3 – 5, no experience necessary, and work your way down, what usually in New Zealand, is a glacial feed river. Your expert guide will give you all the instructions you need, so as long as you listen to him it should run pretty smoothly. Don’t get me wrong though, it definitely is a work out! You’ll come out on the other end, wet, excited, pumped up and ready for more!

There are a number of options to raft on the Flying Kiwi trips but some of our favorites are Rangitata, Queenstown and Rotorua.