New Zealand Adventures

New Zealand Outdoor Adventures & Activities

New Zealand has a multitude of outdoor adventures on offer and has grown a reputation as the adventure capital of the world. There is a huge variety of different landscapes for the country's relatively small land area enabling you to have a large number of varied outdoor adventures during a visit of limited time.

Hiking New Zealand offers a large range of adventure tours and activities to suit your adventure comfort level. See the list of New Zealand adventures below or use the Trip Search to quickly find the adventure activities and trips that best suits your requirements.

Adventure

Landsborough Rafting

  • 3 days @ NZ$1,695
  • Start/Finish: Queenstown return
  • Nights: Camping

Raft effortlessly down the mighty Landsborough River as it flows from the alpine areas of the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park to the Haast River and rainforests of South Westland. Accrue your rafting skills on the benign sections before...

Landsborough Rafting map
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    Rafting
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    Helicopter Flight
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    Day Hikes
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    Multi-day Hiking
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    Kayaking
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    Caving
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    Biking
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    Glacier Walking
   
Adventure

Whanganui River Canoe

  • 5 days @ NZ$1,075
  • Start/Finish: Ohakune return
  • Nights: Camping, Lodges

Paddle right through the Whanganui National Park, a remote and impenetrable region rich in Māoritanga (Maori culture). Deep jungles and incised rivers extend for 700 square kilometres and there is almost no road access. Canadian...

Whanganui  River Canoe map
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    Day Hikes
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    Kayaking
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    Multi-day Hiking
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    Rafting
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    Caving
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    Biking
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    Glacier Walking
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    Scuba Diving
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    Snorkelling
   
Day Activity

Dolphin Encounter

  • Location: Kaikoura
  • Price range: $40 - $170

Swim with or watch Dusky Dolphins in Kaikoura - one of the world's leading destinations to view marine mammals.

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    Snorkelling
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    Marine Mammals
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    Cruise
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    Multi-day Hiking
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    Kayaking
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    Rafting
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    Caving
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    Biking
   
Alpine Hike

Ball Pass Alpine Trek

  • 3 days @ NZ$1,320
  • Start/Finish: Tekapo return
  • Nights: Backcountry Huts

Be challenged by this awesome trekking adventure that takes you above Tasman Glacier (New Zealand's longest glacier) to the crest of Ball Pass, Descend 1000m into upper reaches of the famous Hooker Valley. Then trek along moraine...

Ball Pass Alpine Trek map
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    Multi-day Hiking
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    Kayaking
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    Rafting
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    Caving
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    Biking
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    Glacier Walking
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    Scuba Diving
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    Snorkelling
   
Day Activity

Abel Tasman Kayak Seals & Walk

  • Location: Nelson
  • Price range: $130 - $145

A day trip covering all the bases at Abel Tasman National Park. Kayak, walk and cruise the beautiful beaches in one day.

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    Day Hikes
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    Kayaking
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    Marine Mammals
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    Cruise
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    Multi-day Hiking
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    Rafting
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    Caving
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    Biking
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    Glacier Walking
   
Adventure

Alpine Ski Touring

  • 5 days @ NZ$2,270
  • Start/Finish: Tekapo return
  • Nights: Backcountry Huts

Wilderness skiing at its best. Ski among the glaciers and peaks of the Aoraki Mount Cook and Westland National Parks. Fly by ski plane from Mt Cook village up to Kelman Hut at the head of the Tasman Glacier. Enjoy powder perfect snow on...

Alpine Ski Touring map
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    Skiing
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    Multi-day Hiking
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    Kayaking
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    Rafting
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    Caving
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    Biking
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    Glacier Walking
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    Scuba Diving
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    Snorkelling
   
Hiking Tour

South Island Adventure

  • 14 days @ US$5,404
  • Start/Finish: Christchurch return
  • Nights: Backcountry Huts, Lodges

This action-packed trip combines hiking, cycling and kayaking with other activities to give you an unforgettable adventure through the scenic highlights of New Zealand's South Island. Choose a three-day option of hiking in Nelson Lakes...

South Island Adventure map
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    Multi-day Hiking
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    Day Hikes
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    Touring
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    Kayaking
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    Biking
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    Snorkelling
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    Glacier Walking
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    Marine Mammals
   
Day Activity

Dart River Funyak

  • Location: Queenstown
  • Price range: $189-$289

A tranquil journey through the Dart River valley, beginning with a jet boat road, followed by two hours of peaceful paddling in a unique inflatable 'Funyak'.

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    Kayaking
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    Touring
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    Jet Boating
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    Multi-day Hiking
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    Rafting
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    Caving
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    Biking
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    Glacier Walking
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    Scuba Diving
   
Day Activity

Shotover Jet

  • Location: Queenstown
  • Price range: $69 - $119

Shotover Jet is a thrilling ride - skimming past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet 'Big Red', as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breath taking speeds. And a major highlight - hold tight for the world...

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    Jet Boating
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    Multi-day Hiking
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    Kayaking
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    Rafting
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    Caving
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    Biking
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    Glacier Walking
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    Scuba Diving
   
Hiking Safari

West Coast Wilderness

  • 11 days @ NZ$2,580
  • Start/Finish: Nelson / Queenstown
  • Nights: Camping, Backcountry Huts

A unique opportunity to be totally immersed in pristine wilderness. Hike through lush rainforest in a limestone canyon, wade across crystal clear rivers, explore hidden caves and gaze at the stars as you sleep under a giant rock...

West Coast Wilderness map
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    Multi-day Hiking
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    Touring
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    Kayaking
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    Glacier Walking
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    Caving
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    Helicopter Flight
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    Rafting
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    Biking
   
Nature Cruise

South to Antarctica

  • 30 days @ US$19,500
  • Start/Finish: Invercargill or Lyttleton
  • Nights: Cabins

A bucket list journey, to the very heart of Antarctica. Spend ten days in the Ross Sea, travelling ashore to soak in the scenery, the wildlife and the history. Marvel at the fragility of the Antarctic eco systems and travel back in time...

South to Antarctica map
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    Cruise
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    Marine Mammals
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    Bird Watching
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    Day Hikes
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    Multi-day Hiking
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    Kayaking
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    Rafting
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    Caving
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    Biking
   

 

 

This is not all of the New Zealand adventures on offer. For more see:

 

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