BUNGY!!!! - it's a description in itself!
Bungy jump over the local rivers, and get the thrill of your life.
Don't forget to empty your pockets first!!
See more photos taken at the new Kawarau Bungy Centre here.
Even if you don't jump there is plenty for you to do and see. If your companion is jumping you have a great view and can take photos yourself.
Fishing is a very popular travel and tour activity at Bay of Islands which is very rich in all species of fish. There are organised fishing trips from the Wharf, Paihia in the North Island of New Zealand. Of course you don't expect to fish such a large shark as depicted on our photographs on the right. The large shark displayed at the Wharf in Paihia came from deep sea fishing! We are placing the photographs here just to let you know that there are lots of fish at Bay of Islands for you to fish if you are keen on fishing trips!
Equipment: Fishing equipment can be hired at local fishing trips tour operators.
New Zealand has a very big golfing community. Most towns, including the tiny places that you drive past in a flash, have a golf course. A lot of the small town courses are 9 hole courses but lovingly maintained by the locals.
The bigger cities such as Christchurch have some excellent courses to play and they will also hire clubs etc so you don't need to bring your own. Christchurch, for example, has approx 20 courses in or around the city so there is a very wide choice of where to play.
Equipment: You can hire most of what you need. If you are playing one of the flasher courses then you will likely need soft spike golf shoes. Many courses don't like people wearing jeans or tee shirts - I don't tend to play on those courses - so be prepared to dress up a bit.
Cost will vary widely but expect to pay $25 to $40 for an urban 18 hole course and between $10 & $15 at smaller country clubs. Remember that in NZ, a country club is not the same as in the USA - in NZ it is a small place that welcomes everyone
There are many places in New Zealand where you can do a skydive. Where will you do the skydive? Above the glaciers? Above Lake Wanaka, or maybe Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. I chose to skydive above Lake Taupo. Why? The biggest lake of New Zealand and the mountains of Tongariro National Park in the background, the location where a lot of the Lord of the Rings films was shot. AAnother reason to skydive here is because it's the cheapest in NZ.
The experience is one of a lifetime. The moment it is your turn to jump is an undescribable feeling.. When you look down all you can think of is f@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ck. And then you're on your way down. 40 seconds of freefal from 12000 feet. So many things go through your head and at the same time your mind is blank. Just the ground in your sight and of course the wonderful view. I'm like a bird!!!!
Equipment: Just casual clothing, the rest will be provided by the skydive centre
Cricket is a game invented by the Poms (English) and played generally in parts of the world that were originally ruled by England. The game can be rather slow if you go to a 5 day Test match but really absorbing if you love the game like I do. Faster 1 day games are great to go to as are the new 20/20 matches which lasts for under 3 hours.
Cricket is a summer sport and played in NZ from October to April, weather permitting. The cost will vary greatly depending on who is playing. Approx cost is $40 for a seat at a 50 over game and you will wan to have a bit of money for food and drinks.
Equipment: If you are going to have a look make sure you bring something soft to sit on and a bit of food. Like many sporting places around NZ you cannot bring anything to drink with you due to liquor laws etc etc. It's all a bit stupid but there you have it.
Yep tramping they call it over here, rather than hiking. Nevertheless it i the same activity. This is by far the best way to get the ultimate New Zealand experience, especially if you have the time to do one or more of the multiple day tracks in the greatest national parks of the country. Almost complete isolation at some tracks, noone can be there except for you and a small group of other people.
I have done the Milford Track in Fiordland NP, Did a day on the Routeburn Track where we walked up to Key Summit from the Divide. Hiked up Mount Luxmoore on the Kepler Track. Tramped up the Ben Lomond mountain in Queenstown. I also did the Tongariro Crossing in Tongariro National Park. Apart from these longer tramps you can doa lot of short hikes all over the country. Take a look at the Department of Conservation's (DOC) website to get an idea. If you want to to the populat tracks such as Milford, Routeburn and Kepler you would do good by booking them in advance, especially the Milford is immensely popular and should be booked a few months in advance.
Rugby is the national sport of New Zealand. The game is played in every corner of the country with Canterbury being the current strong-hold of the most successful team.
Rugby originated in England in the 1800's (in a town called Rugby funnily enough) when William Web-Ellis picked up a soccer ball and ran with it. These days teams from around the world play for the Rugby World Cup aka the William Web-Ellis trophy.
While in New Zealand I would highly recommend going to a Rugby game. Unlike Football (Soccer if you like) fans from opposing teams can sit together so it's a safe outing to go to no matter who you support.
Equipment: As it's a winter sport make sure you are prepared for the conditions!! A good coat will be needed, especially if you are watching the game in the South Island.
This is definitely at the more end of tame when it comes to extreme sports. Zorbing is basically climbing inside a big ball at the top of a hill ,and then getting rolled down the hill. You are strapped inside the ball, so you tend to go end over end. I have to admit that this appears to be a little over-rated, but this sport was invented in NZ, along with countless other lunatic type sports, so its as good a place as any to try it.
Equipment: There are two types of Zorb, a dry one, and a wet one. If you do the wet one, they tend to throw in some foaming agent that they then call the washing machine. I guess because you are on a spin cycle.
Jetboats is a very popular activity in Queenstown. Lord of Rings II was ever taken the Shotover River as the backdrop.
Shotover Jet gives you in the canyons with 360 degree spins alone the 30 minutes trip.
Trips either depart straight from the city centre of Queenstown or go by minibus to the river to board the jetboat.
Equipment: a thin water-proof jacket is provided. Hair may get a bit wet.
If you have the guts this is pure adrenaline!!
You can take a canoe,kayak or hop in a rubber boat.
Guides will help you with all you need and will assist you when you take the rubber boat.
In the middle of this wild river trip you will be falling down Okere Falls which is almost literally breathtaking!
There are plenty of places around New Zealand where you can partake in hunting and fishing. It's very much a part of rural NZ life, and is not frowned upon in the country.
People are sensible about this sport.
There are professional hunting and fishing guides in most of the prime areas.
The bush and back country of New Zealand needs to be highly respected because it may look "tame" however overnight the weather can change and become very dangerous and unforgiving.
Every year overseas visitors get into trouble in our bush and hills, for being ill prepared and lacking in warm clothes, food and other survival equipment.
The last activity I did in New Zealand was rafting on the Rangitata river. This was a true adrenaline pumping 3 hour trip. We had a few grade 5 rapids, and these were super!!! I will try and do some more rafting in the rest of the world. Almost at the end of the trip we had the opportunity to jump of a 10 metres high rock into the river. That was cool too!!
Equipment: The only thing you'll need is a bathing suit or a pair of swimshorts. The rest will be provided by Rangitata Rafts.
Some of the biggest sand dunes in the country can be found at the end of Te Paki stream, which is at the end of Ninety Mile Beach, close to Cape Reinga on the North Island. Here we conquered the peaks by walking all the way up and then we boogie boarded down a couple of times. Sand absolutely everywhere, but bloody amazing!!!! You go down at a speed of almost 50 kph! Not entirely without risk, so pay attention to the instructions!
Equipment: Just a sand board, a good spirit and a wicked mind!
A whole new dimension to hiking is added if you hike on the ice of the Franz Josef or Fox glacier. I hiked on the Franz Josef glacier and all though it was cold and rainy it was fantastic. Talonz on your boots and of you go.
Equipment: The compnay provied all your equipment. You'll get boots, socks, special ice talonz, a parka, waterproof trousers, gloves and a hat. Make sure you wear warm clothes under all this equipment, preferably not cotton, but synthetic fabrics or wool.
In the Bay of Islands I booked a trip on the Stray Cat catamaran for the day. It was a great day with sailing, snorkeling and lazing around on the boat. Saw quite some fish while snorkeling and many birds including the Australasian gannet.
Equipment: You could bring your own snorkel, mask and fins. Wetsuit is provided as is all the food. Bring a book and maybe a beer or so...
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