Where to find the best outdoor adventure activities in New Zealand

The unparalleled beauty of New Zealand’s outdoors beckons thousands of tourists ready to experience the most adventurous and exciting activities in this island country year after year. New Zealand’s virtually unspoiled natural expanses make it one of the greatest places in the world to enjoy the very best outdoor activities. A combination of mountains, rainforests, fjords, and the magnificent beaches of this gorgeous country provide abundant opportunities for wild outdoor adventures. There are plenty of New Zealand North Island tours as well as South Island exploring to fill your travels with. Below are five of the best outdoor adventure activities in New Zealand and where to find them!


Waitomo Glowworm Caves

New Zealand’s glowworm caves are quite a sight to behold, by displaying a fantastic light show in the Glowworm Grotto. If you traipse through the underground Waitomo River, you can get to the Glowworm Grotto where you will witness the magic of a thousand glowworms lighting the way forward for boat riders. The glowworm cave dates back to 120 years and forms an important part of New Zealand’s cultural history. You can also try out some more adventurous tours of the cave that include rock climbing, tunneling, abseiling, and cliff jumping!

Mills Reef Helicopter Wine Tasting

Go on a spectacular wine tasting journey to Mills Reef at Tauranga via a helicopter ride that offers stunning views of Tauranga Harbour and the Kaimai Ranges. Mills Reef Restaurant is highly acclaimed for excellent food and some delectable wines. On the helicopter ride, you can enjoy views of the surrounding beaches and Mount Maunganui.

Dolphin Cruise

If you take the Dolphin Cruise at the Bay of Islands, you will enjoy some gorgeous and diverse marine life. You’ll spot bottlenose dolphins and whales if you watch carefully enough! There’s also opportunity for swimming with dolphins if the conditions are right. Bay of Islands has many beautiful islands in its vicinity, many of which you can visit and relax on their beaches.

Cathedral Cove Boat Tour

Cathedral Cove is rich in marine life, mind-blowing sea caves, beaches, and islands. There are fun activities you can do here like swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, bird watching, and many more. Cathedral Cove is home to beautiful sea birds like the Gannet and the Blue Penguin. You can also take boat trips, go diving, or pay a visit to the Mercury Bay Vineyard.

Hot Water Beach

The Hot Water Beach at Mercury Bay has natural hot springs coming from an underground river of hot water. Along with the soothing hot water, you can surf as well as visit the beachside cafes and galleries. The beach is lined with the Pohutukawa Cliffs on either side, offering some breathtaking views.

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler.