5 of the best adrenaline-infused activities in New Zealand

New Zealand is a place of vast landscapes, from volcanic mountains, glaciers, rainforests, emerald lakes to pristine beaches. Given the great diversity, it’s the perfect place to get adventurous. Numerous insane excursions can be found on the islands, and the laid back, friendly mentality of the area balances it all out for the perfect vacation.

Glow worm cave tubing

Glow worms hang from within various caves in New Zealand, and put off a majestic blue hue comparable to something that might be seen in space. Bioluminescence is created within the worms through a chemical reaction, similar to the glowing effect seen in fireflies. While there are other experiences that take you into the caves to see this incredible wonder, tubing over sliding rocks, rapids and small cliff jumps is by far the most exhilarating. Several companies offer the day trip, and it’s an activity generally safe for everyone 6 years and up. Expect to do some walking through the lush forests before and after your trip; it’s just another beautiful part of the experience.

Glow Worm Tubing

Skydiving over the Fox Glacier

New Zealand’s famous glaciers can be seen with great clarity from the sky. Small planes take jumpers thousands of feet into the air, where they can take in multiple landscapes at once. While the views are astonishing from the plane window alone, the thrill of free falling while viewing beaches, rainforests, snow fields and the famous Fox Glacier is incomparable. Depending on your altitude, your free fall will last from 50-70 seconds while you gaze upon the highest and largest glacier on New Zealand’s west coast.

Skydive

Quad biking near the Franz Josef Glacier

Located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef Glacier is surrounded by riverbeds and age old glacial trails that have been carved by ice and water. These ancient pathways can be explored via all terrain vehicle. After a short instructional review, experienced individuals guide you into the wilderness where you’ll splash through water and mud on a bumpy ride through rainforests and areas where you’ll have picturesque views of Franz Josef. New Zealand’s weather can be unpredictable, but the quad bikes go out rain or shine.

Quad Biking

Zorbing in Roturua

When “zorbing”, you climb into a huge, clear, bouncy sphere, somewhat like a human hamster ball. Inside the giant ball is another sphere where the rider is safely secured before rolling down a large hill. While many places offer zorbing, New Zealand’s wet or dry courses feature zig zags and heart pounding drops. Zorbing is a lot like riding a roller coaster, yet you feel more free and in control of your own experience. You’ll be laughing like a kid on your tumble down, but do try to take in the incredible views.

Zorb

Riding the Nevis Swing

The Nevis Swing is a twist on New Zealand’s legendary bungee scene. Queenstown is home to this beast of a swing, the world’s largest in fact. Before being strapped in, you’ll be guided over a suspension bridge, then to the launch platform. If you are brave, you can go solo, but you also can take the 160 meter high leap with a buddy. You’ll reach speeds up t0 125kph and can even go backwards if you are feeling crazy. While similar to bungee jumping, the swing has a little less edge. But don’t be fooled, it’s still for the most daring adrenaline junky.

Swing

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