Vacation Ideas for New Zealand

Vacation Ideas for New Zealand
If you are planning a visit to New Zealand, and you are up for trying new experiences, then one thing is for certain, you won't be bored there. Along with the usual suspects the island is famous for like sky diving and snowboarding, you'll find more exotic activities like zorbing. Just be sure to give yourself plenty of time to do everything you want to do on your New Zealand vacation.

Bungee Jumping

If you have ever thought about going bungee jumping, then why not do it where the sport was invented in Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island? There are numerous places to bungee jump in Queenstown. You could jump from the site where A.J. Hackett, credited with being the inventor of the sport, first jumped, off the 137 foot high Kawarau Bridge, located just 14 miles from Queenstown. Another popular spot to jump at is at the Ledge Bunny in Queenstown. Simply ride the gondola to the top, enjoying the scenic views of Lake Wakatipu on the way, and take the 154 foot plunge. If daytime bungee jumping seems tame, you could even take the plunge from the Ledge Bunny at night. For one of the longest freefalls, visit the 334 foot high Pipeline, which is located on a suspension bridge over the Shotover River.

Bungy New Zealand
Station Building
Corner Of Camp and Shotover Street
Otago , New Zealand
011 (+64) 3 442 4008


Zorbing was invented by two New Zealanders back in the 1990s. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be a hamster in a ball, this is your chance. It is a sport where riders are placed in giant inflatable balls which are then rolled, either across the ground, downhill, or even across water. Typically, there are three different types of zorbing. You can be either simply harnessed in the ball, you can be in a ball with water inside causing you to tumble around as you're sent downhill, or you could be placed in a ball on a body of water and you have to move the ball to get it across the water. Rotorua is one popular place to become a zorbonaut.

Zorb Rotorua
Cnr Western Road / State Highway 5
Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
011 (+64) 7 357 5100

Hike a Glacier

The South Island of New Zealand is famous for its glaciers. Visitors even have the opportunity hike across the Franz Josef glacier. You can either do a full up hike through the glacier, or you can choose to do a heli-hike in which you are helicoptered up to the glacier and have to hike back down. The heli-hike offers some spectacular views and does mean a much shorter hike. You'll be equipped with waterproof clothing, boots and ice talonz for your hike. Be prepared to have to squeeze through some right crevasses and climb through ice caves. On your hike, be on the lookout for wildlife, such as the Kea Parrot, as the Franz Josef is one of the few glaciers which extends out to sub-tropical rainforests.

Franz Josef Glacier Guides
State Highway 6,
Main Road
Franz Josef Glacier
New Zealand
011 (+64) 3 752 0763

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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