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Outdoor Activities

New Zealand is an excellent location for enjoying many outdoor activities. The main centers are in Queenstown, Wanaka, and Waitomo on the North Island.


Abseiling is available at the marvelous Magapu cave system near Waitomo, where fanatics can abseil down 100 meter (330-ft) vertical faces. Training can be arranged prior to the climb.

Bungee Jumping

New Zealand is home to the bungee. A.J. Hackett, the father of bungee, created this adrenaline-rushing sport that has now become a national and international craze. Queenstown is a favorite location for bungee jumping. Skippers Canyon alone has three bridges, ranging from 43 - 102 meters (140 - 335 ft) in height, from which you can hurl yourself into the void. The sport is also available in Taupo.


Cycle tours are a huge hit among tourists who visit New Zealand. Some tours include a bus to carry your luggage. Mountain bikes are plentiful for rent. Among the best places to cycle are on South Island in areas such as Wanaka, Glenorchy, Queenstown, and Fiordland. Features along the way include abandoned gold-diggers' villages such as Macetown, breathtaking ravines in the Nevis Valley, and the roads leading up to ski resorts, which offer superb lake views. The Classic New Zealand Mountain-Bike Rides book provides detailed route descriptions.

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