New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud, is surely one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world, famed for its untouched landscapes and friendly locals. However, in the midst of the beautiful natural scenery of the North Island, are some of the most thrilling, adrenaline pumping activities around.
149 Western Road, Ngongotaha, Rotorua
The original home of the international phenomenon, Zorb is where you can clamber inside a giant, inflatable hamster ball and roll about the green hills of Rotorua. In business for over 17 years, at Zorb you’ll be splitting your sides laughing in no time as you try to control your globe.
You can either roll solo or jump in a Zorb with two or three people, with various options to jazz up the experience. Try the Zorbit, otherwise known as the ‘astronaut in training’ ride – you’ll be strapped in to a custom harness, so you’ll tumble head over heels along the course.
What about the Zurf? As the name suggests, this is the ultimate, surfing inspired downhill ride, where you’ll reach dizzying speeds. Ideal for adrenaline junkies and thrill-seekers. The classic Zorb experience, Zydro sees you climb inside a water-filled Zorb (cold in summer, warm in winter) and slip ‘n’ slide your way around the track.
185 Fairy Springs Rd, Fairy Springs, Rotorua
Skyline Rotorua offers you the unique experience of sailing peacefully over the scenery below in a gondola before going screaming back down in an exciting luge ride. Perfect for families with children, this outdoors adventure will have you whizzing downhill in a single or tandem luge for children under 6 years old.
There are over 4 kilometres of tracks to explore, including the Scenic Track, a 2 km cruise through the beautiful Redwood Forest. Take a pit stop along the way at the viewing bays for stunning outlooks across Rotorua,
The Intermediate Track welcomes more experienced luge riders with a dash more speed and plenty of exciting twists and turns. Wind your way through the chicanes and tunnel features on this 1.7 km track, and take in the view over the lake while you’re at it. The Advanced Track is for the most confident riders, who can enjoy the thrilling fast-pace of this 1 km run through dips and bends.
Skydive Taupo, Anzac Memorial Drive, Taupo Airport
Situated in the idyllic Taupo region, this is one daredevil experience that will stay with you forever. Upon your arrival, you’ll have plenty of time to get acquainted with the whole process and how things work. All geared up, you and your skydiving buddy will be lifted up into the clouds before you take the leap out for the flight of your life.
The best part is that you can organise to have your dive filmed, so you can show everyone back home! Talk about an amazing souvenir.
1335 Paradise Valley Road, Ngongotaha, Rotorua
Feel the thrill of Rotorua’s very own bungy, 43 metres above Paradise Valley. A triple bungy cord means that you’re in the safest of hands with the experienced crew, meaning the only thing you have to worry about is enjoying this once in a lifetime experience.
If you’re not quite sure about taking the plunge alone, you can be strapped to a Bungy Master who’ll join you for the ride!