Horseback ride along the longest beach
Golden sand dunes and wrecks – Ripiro Beach in the Northland region stretches 107 km, making it the longest beach in New Zealand. You can ride horses along the Golden Coast or trot to the top of the cliffs for spectacular views.
Baylys Beach Horse Treks offers a guided and historical coastal tour. A horseback ride costs £ 30 / one hour per person or £ 39 / two hours per person.
For more information or to book visit baylysbeachhorsetreks.com
Jump from the tallest building
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Standing at a dizzying height of 328m, Auckland’s Sky Tower offers an array of adrenaline-filled activities. The SkyWalk offers visitors the chance to test their nerves with a biting circuit from the tower at 192 meters. The view of the city and the magnificent port are the best antidote to the inevitable jelly knees. Or for an unforgettable experience, take a leap of faith with the SkyJump, a controlled 85 km per hour descent will see you safely at ground level. It’s not all thrills and spills, there’s a restaurant at the top, but you might want to leave it for a while after you’ve eaten before you jump in.
The SkyWalk costs £ 66 per adult and the SkyJump costs £ 103 per adult. Entrance to the Sky Tower costs £ 13 per adult and includes entry to the 182m Sky Lounge Café, 186m Main Observation Level and 220m Sky Deck Observation Deck.
For more information or to book visit skycityauckland.co.nz
Climb the highest mountain
With a summit of 3,724m high, Mount Cook is a physically demanding and very rewarding endeavor. The mountain was originally called Aoraki by the Maori, which means “cloud piercer”. Standing in the Southern Alps and under a starry sky, the peaks of Mount Cook, permanent snowfields and glaciers make for an unforgettable ascent.
Adventure Consultants offers a six-day guided tour, but it doesn’t come cheap at £ 2,585 per person. The price includes ground transportation, flights to and from Plateau Hut, accommodation, all meals and snacks, equipment and Department of Conservation fees.
For more information or to book visit aventureconsultants.com
Kayaking the longest river
Waikato River Credit: iStock
The 425 km long Waikato River flows through the North Island, rising in the eastern slopes of Mount Ruapehu before joining the Tongariro River system and emptying into Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. . Visitors can kayak along the crystal-clear waters, admire the beautiful surrounding scenery, and swim in the natural hot-water pools.
Canoe and Kayak offers a two-hour tour along the river with a stop at the hot pools and free refreshments for £ 27 per adult.
For more information or to book visit canoeing and kayaking.co.nz.
Conquer the highest bungee jump
Standing 134m high above the stunning and beautiful Nevis River, visitors will experience a thrilling 8.5-second free fall as they leap from New Zealand’s highest bungee. On site, visitors can also try their hand at the world’s largest swing, which hangs 160m above the canyon floor and rushes across the valley at 120 km / h.
Nevis Bungy is located 45 minutes from Queenstown. The Nevis Bungy costs £ 125 per person and includes a free Jump t-shirt. The Nevis swing costs £ 89 per person, or a tandem swing costs £ 80 per person.
For more information or to book visit bungy.co.nz.
Travel the longest Nga Haerenga cycle path
From the hills of Mount Ruapheu to the shores of Whanganui, the 297 km Mountains to Sea Bicycle Trail takes cyclists through majestic mountains, stunning native forests and the spiritual, cultural and historical highlights of the Whanganui River. The 1,600 m vertical descent takes three to five days, covering 200 km of cycle paths and a 31 km section of river. The Mountains to Sea Cycle Route gives visitors the chance to experience the wild diversity that New Zealand has to offer. New Zealand’s cycle path – Nga Haerenga – offers a plethora of cycle routes ranging from mountain biking to recreational trails for beginners.
For more information on the New Zealand Cycle Route, visit nzcycletrail.com.
Complete the longest hiking trail
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Hiked the length of New Zealand from Cape Reinga to Bluff on the Te Aroaa Trail, which spans 3000 km. Te Aroaa offers a variety of natural, cultural and historical experiences, allowing visitors to explore New Zealand’s volcanoes, mountains, rivers, lakes and valleys. It takes three to six months to hike the entire trail, but visitors can also hike sections of the trail from a few days to a week or more.
For more information or to plan a trip visit teaaroa.org.nz
Swimming in the biggest lake
Located in the caldera of Taupo Volcano on the North Island, Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake and Oceania’s second-largest freshwater lake. The 616 km² volcanic lake is larger than Singapore and stretches 46 km in length. Kinloch is a 15-minute drive east of Taupo town center and is a favorite swimming spot with locals. Visitors can jump off a cliff or pontoon into crystal clear water.
For more information visit greatlaketaupo.com.
Jet boat on the deepest lake
In a mountain valley in Fiordland National Park lies Lake Hauroko, New Zealand’s deepest lake. S-shaped and extending over 30 km in length, Lake Hauroko reaches depths of 462 m. Visitors can take a ride across the mysterious lake and enjoy the wilderness of southwest Fiordland.
Wairaurahiri Jet offers transport across the lake for £ 45 per person (one way) or visitors can take a half-day tour of the lake and its surroundings for £ 68 per person.
For more information or to book visit wjet.co.nz.
Ski the biggest glacier
Tasman glacier credit: iStock
The largest of several glaciers in the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand is the Tasman Glacier, an incredible 27 km long, 4 km wide and 600 m thick. Located within the boundaries of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, the Tasman Glacier becomes the longest ski run during the winter months. Alpine guides will take adventurous skiers on an unforgettable backcountry experience through seracs, ice caves and natural ice sculptures.
The Classic 2 Run package costs £ 423 per person and includes two ski runs, three scenic ski plane flights with snow landings, professional mountain guide services, a snow picnic, safety gear and free airport transfers from accommodation at Mt Cook.
For more information or to book visit skithetasman.co.nz