Adventurer’s Paradise


Having just wrote about bungy jumping, I thought this weeks travel tip should be directed towards thrill seekers.  If you are looking for a place designed for adventure, then New Zealand is your destination.  It has everything from sky diving to ice climbing to surfing.  I spent a month enjoying all New Zealand has to offer, and it still was not enough.

My suggestions of things to do come from my experience in New Zealand, if anyone else has other suggestions or differs in opinion please leave a comment.  I won’t put everything I did, but just some New Zealand must-dos.

I went bungy jumping on Auckland Bridge through AJ Hackett.  The reason I chose there was because it was fairly cheap and offered a great view of Auckland.  I would also recommend going to the top of Sky Tower.

Rotorua has some great cultural shows and the Luge.  I would highly recommend the advance course on the luge.  My friends and I raced on that course and at the end there is a place where you can get some crazy speed and air.

My favorite place was on the south island called Abel Tasman (I will be blogging about it in the future).  The kayaking was amazing and the ocean is an unreal blue.  There is a feeling of being lost in nature while in the park.  I got to enjoy the scenery even more when I went skydiving right next to the ocean.

I went hiking on Franz Josef glacier and ice climbing on Fox Glacier.  In my opinion, you only need to do one of the glaciers, but whichever glacier you choose, go ice climbing!  It is a lot of fun and ice climbing gave me an entirely different perspective of the glacier. At the end of ice climbing, I got to go down a crevasse and climb out of it.  It was crazy to be surrounded by kool-aid blue ice with no one else around.

The last thing I am going to recommend is Milford and Doubtful Sound.  I only took a boat ride around each, but I heard the hiking there is amazing.  Unfortunately, I was there during the winter so I couldn’t do any hiking.  I would choose to do one or the other even though the are very different from each other.  My personal preference would be Milford Sound, but it’s up to you.

One last suggestion, don’t do any activities in Queenstown.  I found that everything adventurous there was a lot more expensive than the rest of New Zealand.  It is up to you, but if you are trying to save money there are a lot of places that offer the same activities for less.  Don’t forget that New Zealand is south of the hemisphere so their seasons are the opposite of the northern hemispheres.

Let me know what you think of my Travel Tips.  If you have any suggestions, questions, or want a specific travel tip leave a comment.

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