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New Zealand is a country on many traveler’s bucket lists – and, for outdoor adventure lovers it should be No. 1. It offers adventure experiences that are as varied as the landscape whether on land, in the sky, underground or on water. Pictured above, New Zealand is a hiker’s paradise, with treks like the one to Mount Roy with a summit that towers nearly 5,200 feet above sea level. From the top, you can take in a breathtaking 360-degree view of most of Lake Wanaka, Mount Aspiring, Matukituki Valley, the Wanaka township, and see even as far as Hawkdun Range in Central Otago.
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You’ll get the best views from above so may want to make the most of the many sky dive schools and drop zones across the country where you can go solo or tandem as you soar through the air.
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New Zealand is the birthplace of bungee jumping, first attempted in Queenstown at Kawarau Bridge. More than 650,000 people have taken the plunge from this historic suspension bridge – and, it’s the only Queenstown bungee that can be done as a tandem.
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Fly to the top of a mountain and make your own tracks through fresh virgin powder snow in what feels like the top of the world as you ski your way back down on a guided heli-ski adventure.
Jet boating the Shotover River
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The Shotover River on the South Island is home to the internationally renowned Shotover Jet, the world’s ultimate jet boat experience. This unique ride that will take you through narrow, dramatic canyons and exhilarating full 360-degree spins, battling against strong currents.
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Experience a spectacular marine wonderland by diving around the Poor Knights Islands marine reserve. Legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau rated the Poor Knights as one of the world’s top 10 dive sites.
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Zorbing is a blast – it puts a totally new spin on life as you roll down the hillside or across the water, in a see-through plastic ball that can reach speeds of up to 31 MPH.