New Zealand

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Bungee dipping from the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand

Bungee dipping from the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand

New Zealand is a unique and beautiful country with no end to the spectacular surroundings including golden beaches, lush green rainforests, majestic snow-capped mountains and crystal lakes fed by runoff from the magnificent glaciers.

For those seeking the best adventure travel experiences in the world, New Zealand is a dream come true. Especially for those who enjoy outdoor adventures like trekking, whale watching and backpacking.

There are very few places that offer the kind of diversity that you’ll find in New Zealand from the adrenaline rush of bungee jumping over a deep gorge to the exciting, but less nerve-wracking, nature trips.

You can discover the unique ways of a proud and culture-rich Maori people, and explore the breathtaking splendor of the mountains, national parks and coastline.

New Zealand is known for its eco tourism opportunities and has a unique variety of flora and fauna that will never cease to thrill and amaze you.

The bottom line: Put New Zealand adventure travel in your top 10 destinations. You’ll create a world of memories and return home with incredible stories to tell. For the adrenaline junkie, New Zealand gets extra credit stars for adventure travel.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Are you looking for an adventure travel destination with strange and unusual wildlife, amazing landscapes and interesting people? If so, New Zealand has it all.

You can certainly find all kinds of sea creatures to observe including sharks, sea lions and whales, but you can see them in many different places.

What you won’t see anywhere else are some of the strange looking flightless birds like the reclusive kiwi, the moa and the kakapo.

If you’re interested in ancient cultures, you’ll want to investigate the Maori people known for their traditional performance art form of kapa haka, and their unique Eastern Polynesian language.

The New Zealand adventure travel landscapes and seascapes are nothing less than breathtaking from the crystal clear blue ocean waters to the scenic countryside and then the incredible snow-capped mountains.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

New Zealand is culturally part of Polynesia and draws heavily on its British roots.

The indigenous Maori culture is based on their Eastern Polynesian ancestry, and the British cultural influences are maintained by the continual migration of people from the UK as well as many New Zealanders spending time in the UK on vacation.

The cuisine is not very distinctive for the most part; it’s very similar to that of what you would find in Britain. The food and wine are wonderful, but there isn’t a lot adventure, relatively speaking, in New Zealand where the cuisine is concerned.

Other than the rich culture of the Maori people, you won’t find too much of what people typically look for in cultural experiences.

The New Zealand culture generally resembles what you would find in Australia, Britain or the United States. It does have some wonderful festivals, but the magic is in the exciting, seemingly endless, outdoor adventure travel experiences.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

New Zealand adventure travel boasts one of the most diverse offerings of any country in the world.

If you’re looking for adventures in the water, in the air or on the land then you simply must explore New Zealand.

Go trekking from Lake Manapouri to the shores of Milford Sound, test your rock climbing abilities at Wharepapa South and explore Queen Charlotte Track on a mountain bike.

If you’re wanting something wet you can scuba dive the North Island, swim with the dolphins, or careen down mighty rivers on a white water rafting excursion.

New Zealand adventure travel is loaded with heart-pumping experiences, but it also has much to offer those who like a slower pace. You’ll find walking tours, whale watching, cultural tours, nature trips and exotic bird watching expeditions.

Here’s a more complete list of adventure experiences for you in New Zealand.

Hard

  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Ice climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Orienteering
  • Overlanding
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Rogaining (navigation)
  • Scuba diving
  • Skiing
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Snow shoeing
  • Soaring
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • Surfing
  • Survival training
  • White water rafting
  • Wilderness training
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Bird watching
  • Cultural tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours
  • Whale watching

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Canopy tours / Ziplines
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Safaris
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching

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