New Zealand Tourism

New Zealand Tourism
New Zealand's tourism industry focuses on adventure and ecotourism. The natural landscape is equal parts rugged and lush, and makes the perfect outdoor adventure destination for a variety of activities.




New Zealand's Department of Conservation protects more than 30 percent of the natural land. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike through dense rain forests, around active volcanoes or even up the side of a massive glacier.


Several companies operate cruises on Fiordland National Park's remote Milford and Doubtful sounds. Nature enthusiasts regularly spot fur seals, penguins, dolphins and many sea birds on a variety of cruises ranging in length from a half-day to overnight.

Water Sports

Sea kayakers frequent Abel Tasman National Park and its crystal clear waters. Whitewater rafters should head to the Shotover or Kawarau rivers near Queenstown or the Kaituna River near Rotorua.

Extreme Sports

Thrill seekers can race down mountainsides at Queenstown and Rotorua's popular luge tracks. For higher thrills, skydiving companies operate all over the country.

Local Legends

Native AJ Hackett invented commercial bungee jumping in the 1980s in Queenstown. The AJ Hackett locations in Queenstown and Auckland are among the best in the world. New Zealand is also home to Zorbing, the extreme sport that sends riders sloshing down a hillside in a water-filled ball.


Article Written By John Leonard

John Leonard is a freelance writer living in Maryland. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and has been writing Web content and travel blogs for over a year. He mainly writes travel articles for Trails or general articles for eHow.

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