1. Skydiving: New Zealand has a scenic landscape all around, surrounded by water bodies and mountains. So naturally, one of the most popular New Zealand adventure sports is skydiving, allowing the skydivers to soak in all the landscape from a bird's eye view.
The beauty and excitement from the diving session will have you and your partner enjoy a breathtaking experience of tandem jumps. Skydiving in New Zealand will offer the views of sparkling lakes, snow-capped mountains, volcanoes and forests, depending upon the location.
Location: Popular skydiving locations are Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Wanaka, Queenstown, Lake Taupo etc.
Price: The skydiving packages may start from $359.
2. Bungee jumping: Take a leap of faith, literally, and try bungee jumping in New Zealand. Jumping off a tower of nearly 190m high and free falling at 85 km/ph makes for an insanely exhilarating sport. New Zealand is well known for having some of the highest bungee jumping of which, Nevis Bungy is at the height of 134 metre.
Location: Nevis, the highest place for Bungee jumping in New Zealand is in Queensland, Kawarau Bungy site in Queensland, Waikato river, Auckland Harbour bridge.
Price: The starting price is $150, however, it may vary depending upon the place and service providers.
3. Caving: For people who would rather go visit caves and explore the history and nature's wonder, New Zealand's Waitomo cave has a lot to offer. The limestone caves, combined with stalactites, stalagmites and gorgeous glow worms is something that looks like out of a storybook.
Tourists can either walk around in the caves or take a boat tour around these caves and soak in the beauty of some of the world's most challenging yet spectacular caving systems. They can also take a guided tour to Nelson, where the Southern Hemisphere's deepest sinkhole exists.
Location: 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo 3977.
Price: $25 for children, $55 for adults.
4. Ziplining: Zoom past through some of the most famous forests of New Zealand while watching the spectacular mountain range in the backdrop, all the while enjoying the ziplining.
The speed at which the person moves through different scenic locations makes it an extremely thrilling sport, as well as the person can relish the natural beauty the country has to offer in its optimal condition.
Location: Rotorua, Nelson, Queensland, Auckland
Price: Depending on the place, it may start at $150.
5. Snorkelling: Since it is an island country, the best adventure activities in New Zealand include diving and snorkelling. Tourists who are interested in getting a glimpse of the underwater marine life, they could take a tour in one of the most unique and excellent underwater locations.
The Poor Knights Island offers snorkelling and diving tours for people to visit caves, arches, cliffs among other wonders that lie just beneath the water surface.
Location: Goat Island, Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, Cathedral Cove, Tonga Island Marine Reserve etc.
Price: Somewhere around $150 to $200
6. Hiking: Along with snorkelling and others, hiking is one of the top New Zealand adventure sports that tourists have a good time partaking in. Since the country is surrounded by mountains and rocky terrains, the country has a planety of hiking sites.
Some of these trails go through rugged coastlines, forests, river valleys. Many of the hiking trails might take a day or two to complete, while some others may take only a few hours.
Location: Mt. Victoria trails in Wellington, Abbey Caves hike Whangarei, Tongariro Alpine Crossing in the Tongariro National Park, Whirinaki forest hike etc.
Price: It may start at $380.
7. Jet boating: Feel the touch of danger from close range, with one of the most popular adventure sports in New Zealand, Jet Boating. Available for people of all ages and all fitness levels, jet boating allows the participants to go through narrow gorges, in shallow waters.
The jet boats are highly manoeuvrable, allowing the riders to come close to brushing against the rock faces but still helping them stay safe. The good thing about jet boating is that people can enjoy it any time of the year, unlike some other extreme adventure sports.
Locations: Queenstown, Canterbury, Rangitaiki, Waikato Rivers, Auckland, Rotorua etc.
Price: Prices may start from $150.
8. Rafting: Rafting in New Zealand could be quite an experience, as the mountainous terrain in the country offers some of the world’s best white water rivers. The fast flowing rivers can flow through forests to the sea, allowing the people to enjoy the scenic beauty of the forests, as well as rocky gorges.
The white water rafting ranges from Grade 1 to Grade 5, Grade 1 rafting is done in a comparatively tranquil water body, while the grade 5 rafting falls under the category of extreme sports.
Location: Tongariro river, Rangitikei River, Shotover River, Wairoa River.
Price: The price may start at $149.
9. Mountain Biking: Going mountain biking can be termed as one of the best adventure activities in New Zealand, as the trails consist of some of the most beautiful forests, splendid mountains, abandoned railways and even farm tracks.
The riders could either bike through the forests, or they may choose one of the purpose built paths, leading to the top of hillocks. Many historic mining tracks from the 1860s and 1870s have now been turned to biking trails, with a flowing single track.
Location: Paihia, Rotorua, Ohakune, Wellington, Nelson, Wanaka, Picton etc.
Price: Starts at $45.99, but prices may vary.
10. Heli-Skiing: If a person loves to enjoy snow-covered mountains and skiing through it, to enjoy the adrenaline rush it gives, New Zealand's heli-skiing is an adventure sport that they should not miss.
You don't have to be a professional or hard-core skier and snowboarder to enjoy this heli-skiing trip in alpine terrain. The helicopters will take you to the top of white, snow-covered majestic mountains where you can jump off the helicopter to the hundred of hectares of land designed specifically for the skiing enthusiasts.
Location: Cecil Peak, Queenstown, Harris Mountains Heliski, Queenstown, Aoraki Mount Cook, Coronet Peak, etc.
Price: Starts at $245.