Nothing clears the head like the clear air and sheer exhilaration of this extraordinary country. A place where you can be skiing or snowboarding down a pristine slope and the next swooping, whooping and yelling at 10,000 feet under your tandem skydiving instructor. One day you can be mountain biking through a forest trail and the next sailing through breathtakingly beautiful waters. This country is indeed the land of the outdoors and adventure.

There’s something for every thrill level – from family friendly to extreme. When you plan your New Zealand adventure, make sure you have included some of these experiences in your itinerary.

North Island’s Top 5

  1. Trek around edges of old lava flows and see green crater lakes at Tongariro Crossing, a spectacular day hike that Lord of the Rings fans know as “Mt Doom.”
  2. Body board down the massive Te Paki Sand Dunes by 90 Mile Beach in Northland at thrilling speeds.
  3. Feel the power of the water as you jet-boat a vivid blue New Zealand river close to the thundering Huka Falls in Taupo.
  4. Go Black Water Rafting in Waitomo, home to a labyrinth of subterranean caves, underwater rivers, and millions of glow worms.
  5. Swim with dolphins in the Bay of Islands, among 144 spectacular islands with pristine beaches and sparkling secluded bays.

South Island’s Top 6

  1. Get the adrenaline pumping in beautiful Queenstown. From sky diving and bungee jumping to rafting and jet boating, the options are endless.
  2. Kayak turquoise waters in Abel Tasman National Park along white sand beaches, granite rock formations, and native forest.
  3. Hike through brilliantly blue ice formations on the west coast’s awe-inspiring glaciers of Franz Josef or Fox Glacier.
  4. Spot magnificent sperm whales breaching up close and personal in Kaikoura, set against the dramatic backdrop of rugged snowy mountains and leaping dolphins.
  5. Cruise, kayak or sleep under the stars in stunning Fiordland. Be mesmerized by the dramatic fiords, spectacular waterfalls and snow-capped peaks that surround you.
  6. Milford Sound is a place of enchantment that will stun you with its dramatic splendor. The journey itself is a scene stealing revelation. Visit the underwater observatory and marvel at the black coral and 11-legged sea stars.