The 5 Most Extreme Activities in New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand is known for extreme sports. People come from all over for adventure. Here are the top five extreme sports:

  • Bungee Jumping
  • Skydiving
  • White-water Rafting
  • Ziplining
  • Snowboarding

The Five Most Extreme Adventure Sports in New Zealand.

1. Sky Diving – Extreme activities

Sky Diving - Extreme activities
Sky Diving

Throwing yourself out of a moving plane at 16,000 feet above the ground is arguably one of the most thrilling things you can do in New Zealand, which is one of the extreme activities.

It also happens to be one of the best ways to see the country’s stunning natural landscapes—as you come hurtling down towards them.

You will see deep blue lakes, snow-capped mountains and rolling green hills from the best sky-diving sites, such as the Bay of Islands, Taupo and Queenstown.

Meanwhile, Franz Josef in the South Island offers the highest tandem skydive in the Southern Hemisphere at 19,000ft. This means you have more time to see the magnificent Franz Josef glacier from above.

2. Bungy Jumping – Extreme activities

Bungy jumping in New Zealand’s North Island.

Bungy jumping – otherwise known as throwing oneself off a high object with only a rubber band attached to your legs – is an extreme activity synonymous with New Zealand.

Founded by one crazy kiwi, the humble Bungy jump is an absolute must-try for adventure seekers.

It all began with A. J. Hackett, who made his first jump from Auckland’s Greenhithe Bridge in 1986. Hackett went on to jump from many tall structures, including the Eiffel Tower, before opening the world’s first commercial Bungy site, the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge near Queenstown on the South Island. The site is, to this day, still one of the most famous jumps in New Zealand.

However, the best jump by far is the Nevis Bungy jump in Queenstown. At 134 meters above the stunning Nevis canyon floor, this jump is the third highest in the world. The only question is, are you brave enough to take the plunge?

3. White Water Rafting

White water rafting
White water rafting

If you like the water and you like adventure, then white water rafting is for you. New Zealand has everything from the highest commercially water-rated waterfall in the world, Rotorua, to the Tongariro River in Taupo and the Wild West Coast. It is an extreme activity.

The options extend from gentle grade one rapids to the most extreme grade five rapids, so there is a white water rafting adventure to suit everyone.

It is a fantastic way to explore natural New Zealand and challenge yourself.

4. Caving

New Zealand’s famous Waitomo Caves.

New Zealand is one of the top places in the world for spelunking (caving) thanks to its spectacular and endless underground caving systems.

Keen spelunkers can explore caves independently in several spots around the country.

Alternatively, cavers can head to the ever-popular Waitomo Caves for a day in the dark. As well as exploring, you can also do some black water rafting – floating through a cave on a tube in the pitch black.

Nelson, in the South Island, is home to the Southern Hemisphere’s deepest sinkhole and another fantastic place for caving. It is a part of Extreme activities.

5. Canyoning


It is rock climbing, swimming, and abseiling all in one, and it ranks fifth on the list of the most extreme activities in New Zealand – canyoning.

New Zealand is home to some good places for canyoning, which will take you through the most extreme rivers and waterfalls and over the biggest rock formations all day.

Some of the best spots for canyoning include Wanaka’s Haast Pass, the stunning Geraldine in the South Island and the Whitaker Ranges near Auckland.

Wherever you are around the country, you are never very far from where you can take up the challenge of this extreme activity.

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