Adventure holidays in New Zealand
For many people, travel is its own adventure, especially when exploring independently. But whether you want to get off the beaten track, try a new sport or explore the wilderness, Wexas can help you blaze a trail so that you can focus on enjoying your discoveries.
Unlike in some other parts of the world, trekking or hiking in New Zealand – often referred to by kiwis as ‘tramping’ – can mean experiencing the truly remote. One-third of the country is protected National Park, and the majority of parks are without cafes, nearby towns or other amenities. Yes, there is jet boating, para-gliding, caving – but to purists, the true adventure attractions can be found in the natural landscape, and sampled simply by putting on your boots and going for a walk.
Try jet boating – an adventure sport born and bred in New Zealand
Jet boating was invented in 1950s New Zealand by a farmer with a need to manage his land down-river without catching a propeller on the often shallow river beds. Today it is an adventure sport almost unique to New Zealand, and a ride on one can only be described as a sort of natural world rollercoaster – with drivers taking passengers up rivers, through rapids, and taking narrow bends at speed. It’s a wonderful thrill, and even better requires no skill on the part of the passengers. There are several providers to choose from and they often provide the best way to explore the waterfalls and rapids – the most daring being the Huka Falls jet boat at Lake Taupo in the North Island.
Ski and snowboard at Lake Wanaka
Although Queenstown is New Zealand’s home of winter sports, it’s often more of a basecamp or jumping off point for those wishing to ski or board in the mountains further afield. Most usually travel on to Lake Wanaka - cited by National Geographic as one of the world’s top 25 ski resorts. Lake Wanaka offers access to five different ski areas and the world’s largest heli-skiing region outside of North America. And as it is only an hour from Queenstown it’s possible to incorporate a day or two of ski adventure in your trip without adding much travel time.
Depart on a trip tailored for adventure
New Zealand is a long way for most travellers, so making the most of your trip takes careful planning. We can take that pressure off your shoulders and tailor a holiday that incorporates the right balance of adventure and relaxation, while handling all the details.
Our top itineraries for New Zealand Adventure holidays
A tip-to-toe tour of New Zealand, taking in the best of its landscapes and culture, and calling into filming locations from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
From the subtropical beaches of the Bay of Islands, the geothermal pools of Rotorua and wine lands of Hawke's Bay to the majestic glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef and the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is home to some of the world's most spectacular driving routes.
Discover the spectacular landscapes of New Zealand's north and south islands on this fly-drive holiday, which includes a journey across the Southern Alps aboard the iconic TranzAlpine Express.