As one of the world’s premier thrill-seeking destinations, New Zealand offers a wide range of action-packed activities, from heli-skiing, to white water rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, scuba diving, skydiving and off-road 4WD safaris, many close to its main centres.
If you’re wanting to add exhilaration and action to your incentive programme, make it happen in New Zealand.
Take the plunge and bungy jump at the world’s original commercial bungy site, the stunning Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown. Alternatively, the Shotover Canyon Swing & Canyon Fox is home to the world’s highest cliff jump.
Another top spot is the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge. Join a bridge climbing tour for epic views of the city, or bungy jump from a jump pod suspended beneath it.
Rotorua’s Velocity Valley Adventure Park also offers bungy jumping as well as the 130km/h ‘Swoop’ super swing and the world’s first human-powered monorail racing circuit, the ‘Shweeb’.
Throw your inhibitions to the wind at New Zealand’s tallest manmade structure, the 328-metre-high SkyTower. You can SkyJump from a platform 192 metres up the tower, or harness up and SkyWalk around a narrow platform circling the tower for breath-taking views.
If you’re after heart-stopping views of The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, try skydiving or paragliding. If you’re up for a climb, at Wildwire Wanaka you can conquer the highest waterfall cable climb in the world.
Queenstown is often tagged ‘The Adventure Capital of the World’. Don’t miss its white water rafting options, or the exhilarating speed of jet boating on the Shotover and Kawarau rivers.
White water enthusiasts will also enjoy rafting on the Rangitata River, an hour’s drive south of Christchurch. Its grade 5 rapids boast fitting names like ‘Pigs Trough’ and ‘The Pinch’.
The rapids of Rotorua’s Kaituna River will give you the opportunity to raft the 7-metre Tutea Falls, the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall.
For an Auckland option, Vector WERO at the Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland offers two expertly designed white water rafting courses, including the world’s highest man-made waterfall.
Thrillseekers may prefer black water rafting. Abseil into the underground network of the Waitomo Caves, and go tubing amongst the glow worms and ancient stalagmites and stalactites.
Another way to get the adrenaline going on the water is taking to the harbour in Auckland for a race, crewing on a former America’s Cup racing yacht.
Underwater revellers, meanwhile, can witness New Zealand’s underwater beauty, snorkelling or diving at its wonderful marine reserves.
You may find a pod of dolphins to swim alongside in areas including the Bay of Islands and Akaroa, or marvel at the majestic sperm whales with a whale watching tour at Kaikoura.
New Zealand’s pristine coastline, freshwater lakes and sparkling rivers make it a dream destination for those keen on a spot of fishing, with hotspots including ‘big game fishing’ in the Bay of Islands, or chasing trout on beautiful Lake Taupo.
NEED MORE INSPIRATION? :
*Surf or toboggan down huge sand dunes on 90 Mile Beach in Northland
*Climb inside a large protective plastic ball and roll down the grassy hill with OGO in Rotorua
*Carve it up at ski fields in Queenstown, Canterbury, and the Central North Island
*Heli hike and ice climb on the spectacular West Coast glaciers
*Enjoy a more sedate pace with a hot air balloon ride over Canterbury
*Admire Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Forest by canopy tour, zipline, or mountain bike.