Intense adventures in the South Island

New Zealand offers so much more than fresh air and magnificent views, there are activities that cater to so many varied interests – especially adventure seekers! If you don’t quite fit into that category yet, wait until you try some of these activities – your whole perception will change!

If you are heading to Queenstown for the snow this winter, consider making this the trip of a lifetime by finding the time to try some of the most intense activities on offer.

Bungy Jumping

Queenstown is renowned for its bungy jumping, but why not raise the bar and the adrenaline levels by taking the leap into the darkness of the night?


The whole experience is even better when you throw in a dramatic backdrop of snow-capped mountains, city lights and a full moon – adding a whole new sense of spectacular to the equation!

Heli-Hike Fox Glacier

You can’t miss a visit to Fox Glacier on New Zealand’s West Coast, but up the ante in the enjoyment stakes by spending a little more to experience the heli-hike guided tour.


You are transported by helicopter to a part of the glacier where you will find sublime ice caves and natural ice arches, only accessible on this tour.


Land before the sun hits the glacier, and watch as it rises over the mountains, illuminating the ice and revealing a variety of vibrant shades of blues. Adventuring down into these impressive caves is an experience not to be missed!


NZONE Skydive

To get the best view of Queenstown, you have to go to all sorts of extremes – I’m talking jumping out of a plane at 15,000+ feet extreme.


Freefall over azure blue lakes and in-line with majestic snow-covered mountains. The rush is unforgettable and once your parachute is up, you are able to take full advantage of the vista as you glide through the air over this picturesque town.

Canyon Swing

I was always told not to swing on my chair at school – this exception is taking it to a whole new level. Strapped to the ‘Chair of Death’ you are tipped backwards over the edge of a canyon and swung in an arc up to 200m, hovering just above the Shotover River.


This is the ‘World’s Highest Cliff Jump’ and if the chair isn’t your thing, you can try up to 70 other weird and wacky positions to jump from.



Opt for a less conventional ride home from a day on the snow fields by paragliding off Coronet Peak with SkyTrek Tandems.


Not for the faint-hearted, you and your instructor will run (on this day, through knee deep snow) until your wing inflates and before you know it you’re flying over the ski fields, getting a phenomenal view of the skiers below.


You might even be lucky enough to spiral down to the landing field, giving you the biggest belly drops and a smile that you won’t be able to wipe off your face!

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting in winter can best be described as ‘intense’. Braving the rapids along with the fresh crisp air and icy water temps is definitely an adrenaline-inducing experience.


Challenging yourself on grade 5 rapids is one aspect of the experience, the other is the trip to get to the river, with the drive along Skipper’s Canyon Road considered to be one of the most dangerous in the world.  You will hold your breath around every tight corner but the rewards of the rafting is more than worth the chewed fingernails!

The beauty of Queenstown is that you can fit a lot of these activities in over a single day, which is perfect for those who are short on time.

Make your next trip to New Zealand’s South Island a memorable one and give some of these incredible activities a go!

Are there any other intense adventures that you would add to this list?


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