Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Things To Do in New Zealand

Australia and OceaniaNew ZealandThings To Do in New Zealand

Outdoor and adventure activities include:

  • Abseiling from Waitomo
  • Round trip (helicopter and plane)
  • Birdwatching
  • Black water rafting (rafting in caves)
  • Boat tours
  • Bungy Jump Queenstown, Auckland, Taupo – the modern bungy jump was invented here by New Zealander A.J. Hackett.
  • Canoeing and kayaking on rivers and lakes
  • Canyoning
  • Caving: Waitomo, Nelson, West Coast of the South Island, Te Anau
  • Climbing
  • Diving
  • Fishing: Freshwater fishing (some of the best trout fishing in the world) and sport fishing (some of the best sport fishing in the world for marlins, yellowfin tuna, sharks, tuna, kingfish and many other saltwater species).
  • Fly by wire (invented here)
  • All-wheel drive
  • Gliding – Omarama is one of the best places in the world for gliding
  • Hang glider
  • Helicopter ride to Fox Glacier
  • Hiking – New Zealand has a number of national parks and other wilderness and forest areas, most of which are managed by the Department of Conservation (DoC). The activity known as hiking, trekking or bushwalking in other countries is known as ‘tramping’ in New Zealand and is a very popular activity for visitors and locals alike.
  • Riding
  • Hot air balloon
  • Hunting – several species of deer, wild boar, tahrs, chamois, goats, wallabies (they are protected in Australia but are pests here), wild birds.
  • Ice climbing
  • Jet Ski
  • Kite surfing
  • Sledging (on concrete, not ice) Auckland, Queenstown, Rotorua.
  • Mountaineering – this is the training ground of Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the two first climbers of Everest.
  • Mountain bike
  • Nature Tours
  • Paragliding/Parenthood
  • The foursome
  • Rafting
  • Rope skipping
  • River Jetboating – the Hamilton Jet was invented by New Zealander William Hamilton.
  • Climbing
  • The New Zealand Rodeo offers steer racing, barrel racing, bull racing and bareback bronco, as well as sheep fights for the little ones.
  • Sailing – New Zealand has produced many world champion yachts and is the only country, apart from the United States, to have won and successfully defended the ultimate prize in sailing, the America’s Cup.
  • Diving and snorkelling, especially on the Rainbow Warrior, which is sunk in Matauri Bay, not far from Kerikeri.
  • Abel Tasman Marine Reserve Sea Kayaking and the Colder Waters of Milford Sound
  • Cage diving for Kaikoura sharks
  • Skiing and snowboarding, including heli-skiing in Queenstown
  • Skydiving
  • Paddleboard, especially in the warm, sheltered waters of Tasman Bay.
  • Surfing on
  • Swimming with Dolphins Kaikoura, Bay of Islands
  • Swimming with seals
  • Whale watching in Kaikoura
  • White water rafting on the Fox Glacier
  • White water toboggan / dam waterfall
  • Windsurfing board
  • Zorbing (invented here) Agrodome in Rotorua

Sport

Rugby union inspires more passion than religion and the New Zealand national team is made up of the mighty All Blacks, whose opening ground-shaking haka is arguably more famous than any other aspect of New Zealand. The All Blacks have a winning record against every other team they have faced and are the only team to have won the Rugby World Cup three times in a row (1987, 2011, 2015). As their success proves, New Zealand is probably one of the greatest, if not the greatest, national rugby teams. Playing against the All Blacks is a dream come true for many rugby players around the world, let alone beating them.

The All Blacks usually play at home during the southern hemisphere winter (June to August), mainly during the Rugby Championship against Argentina, Australia and South Africa. Unlike many other national teams, the All Blacks do not have a single home stadium; Test matches are played at various stadiums in major centres, including Eden Park in Auckland, Westpac Stadium (“The Cake Tin”) in Wellington, AMI Stadium in Christchurch, Waikato Stadium in Hamilton and Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

New Zealand has hosted many international sports tournaments, including three Commonwealth Games (1950 and 1990 in Auckland, 1974 in Christchurch) and two Rugby World Cups (1987 in association with Australia and 2011).

  • Golf – New Zealand has over 400 registered golf courses, ranging from local clubs to world-class resorts, offering uncrowded courses and beautiful scenery.
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