Welcome to New Zealand, a magical world where a clean, green, pristine landscape provides the setting for an amazing variety of outdoor activities. This small country has a big reputation as nature’s theme park in the South Pacific.
New Zealand is a walking-trekking paradise of pristine landscapes. When you think of New Zealand you automatically think of walking or ‘tramping’ as Kiwis call it. Millions of visitors have enduring memories of beautiful walking tracks and comfortable huts in New Zealand’s backcountry.
New Zealand is a beautiful and diverse country with many challenging outdoor activities. One sure way of experiencing all the highlights is to join a specialist adventure tour. That way you get to walk on glaciers, cruise the fiords, hike on volcanoes and swim with dolphins.
Take off into clear blue skies for a unique perspective on New Zealand’s breathtaking mountain, glacier, fiord, lake and river scenery. Aerial sightseeing is one of our most popular visitor attractions and people often say that a scenic flight has been the highlight of their New Zealand holiday.
Is there a latent speleologist inside you waiting to get out and explore the limestone labyrinths of the underworld? Caving opportunities abound in New Zealand, which has extensive areas of karst limestone landscape. Serious caving enthusiasts can stay in the Tomo Group Lodge at Waitomo.
Aerobatic action flights are a relatively new development on the adventure tourism scene. This is moderate to extreme adventure for thrill seekers and would be ‘fly boys’ and ‘fly girls’. Looping the loop in a Pitts Special stunt plane is not for the faint hearted.
Trust the Kiwis to come up with some red-hot action adventure in freezing water-filled caves. Their cavalier, can-do attitude was amply demonstrated in 1987 when a Waitomo guide casually floated through the Ruakuri Cave on an inflatable tube.
Imagine the pleasure of drifting serenely on a mirror-smooth lake with snow-capped mountains reflected in its surface, or on a crystal clear stream meandering through lush rainforest. New Zealand is a paddler’s paradise, being completely surrounded by ocean, dotted with a thousand lakes and criss-crossed by over 1500 rivers.
Can you visualise yourself in a rocket ship soaring through space at breakneck speed? You are encased in a part-plane, part-rocket machine as it hurtles around in a circle, tethered to a steel cable. Fly By Wire is a self-drive flying machine unique to New Zealand.
Have you tried the ultimate wilderness ski experience? New Zealand has thousands of hectares of untouched powder snow on virgin mountain slopes - the stuff of dreams. Heli-ski operators cover a vast area of off-piste territory, ranging far and wide along the Southern Alps during the July to October season.
Have you ever dreamed of cantering along a wild, white-sand beach, or riding a high country ridge with views forever? New Zealand has horse trekking operations in almost every corner of the country. Ask your nearest Visitor Information Centre for the pamphlet ‘Where to Ride in New Zealand.
Take a hike on a massive river of ice sliding inexorably down the precipitous slopes of the Southern Alps. Glacier walking is one of New Zealand’s top attractions. Experienced guides can lead you into an alien world of blue-tinged ice caves, seracs and pinnacles on the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.