I wanted to see a rugby match so we rented a car and drove about an hour to see the Waikato Chiefs. The Chiefs play in the Super 12 Rugby league with teams from NZ, Australia and South Africa.
The game was fun but I didn't have much of an idea of the rules. It was fun to watch the people in the crowd screaming and wearing funky outfits.
Everyone is familiar with river rafting, but for those extreme sport obsessed New Zealanders that just isn't extreme enough. So for the slightly braver (or possibly stupider) they offer River Sledging. Basically, a sledge is similar to a body board (boogie board) except bigger, heavier, and with handle bars on the front. The rider simply lays on top, grasps the handle bars, and hurtles down the river.
My wife and I did sledging on the Kaituna River just outside Rotorua. The river has some serious grade 5 rapids and is not for the meek. We first got the idea to do sledging here because it was featured on an episode of the Amazing Race at this same spot. We had two experienced guides who helped us out a lot and kept us from drowning. We managed to make it through several kilometers of whitewater rapids with only a few bruises on our knees and a lot of river water in our bellies. Great fun but definitely physically challenging!
Equipment: The company will provide the sledge, wetsuit, helmet, fins, lifevest, and guides. You just need to bring a swimsuit and towel. You can also opt to have a photographer follow you in kayak, and then you can later buy the photos on CD-Rom for a small fee.
For the last two years I have entered a relay team in this marathon distance event around scenic Lake Rotorua. This year a team from my work entered (see picture). It was an awesome team building type event and a lot of fun!
About 2 km south of Rotorua on State Highway 5 is Whakarewarewa Forest which has a labyrinth of mountain bike tracks for all levels. It was my first mountain biking experience and I really enjoyed it!
Equipment: We hired bikes at the entrance to the forest from an outfit called Planet Bikes. They offer rentals from 2 hours ($30) to Full day ($50). You need to call them first to reserve a bike but you can pick it up from the carpark in front of the forest.
This is very scary!
Enjoy the 150kph exhilarating ride in 2 seconds 50 metres above the ground level
Between these two tall poles is where they let go the swing!!
You can watch and hear "swingers" screaming with delight or is it fear !!?
$30 a ride and extra to be videoed in action!
10 years and up
Equipment: safety belts!!!!!!
This is like a go-kart on 3 wheels, using a unique braking and steering system, giving the rider full control.
There is a choice of 3 tracks to drive this luge down the mountain
Scenic Track .....
Is 2 kms long and goes through the redwood trees.
Good for tandeming younger children
Intermediate track ......
is 1.7kms long and has spirals and hoops to manoeuvre around.
1 km long givres excitement and thrill with the BIG DIPPER for all ages up from 10 years.
You catch a 2 seater chairlift to go back up to the top for another ride...or to catch the returning gondola
Equipment: Crash Helmet
While I was 'out of action' my husband took a bit of time out to have some fun - Huka Jet boat.
Very fast, quite extreme, and he loved it a lot, though driving straight at a sheer cliff and veering off at the very last moment wouldn't be my cup of tea...he's lucky he only lost his hat (I would have lost my lunch LOL)
New Zealand of course is famous for its extreme sports.
We found Rotorua (with its very shallow Lake Rotorua) a nice and very tranquil place for canoeing.
The cabin park we stayed at was right on the shores of the Lake, and canoe hire was free, so we took advantage of it here in the early morning, with nobody else around.
Equipment: Life jackets were provided.
Once you hit the bottom of the track you can stand in line to catch a ride back to the top on a chair lift.
You can see one of the luge tracks below the chair lift cable.