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Which Adrenaline Rush Will You Choose on New Zealand’s Zestful Menu?

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On the map, the country of New Zealand is easily overshadowed by its neighbors.  Once you step foot on the terrain, though, you’ll forget all about that while you marvel over its surprising immensity.

Thanks to the varied landscapes, from mountainous forests and glaciers to ocean depths, the country is ideal for almost any extreme sport, making it destination that adrenaline junkies can really sink their teeth into.  What’s on the menu for those who can’t get enough of the adrenaline rush experience?  There’s actually no need to choose as there’s an entire buffet to devour.  Whether your kinetic travel urges take you airborne, get you waterlogged or have you scaling icy terrain, New Zealanders seem to really “get” adventure sport enthusiasts and have thought of practically everything.

We found a great article about the top adventures in the country that we’d like to share with you and just before we do, let’s explore an activity not found on the list but that certainly fits the adventure travel bill.

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Powdery Adventures, Skiing in New Zealand. Photo Gregor Ronald, Flickr

It’s heli-skiing!  This daring activity is breaking ground as a top adventure sport on the island; any sport that gives you an aerial view of the movie-worthy scenery should be on your to-do list while in New Zealand.  As the sport is relatively new here, companies offering heli-skiing claim to have the best untainted terrain and freshest powdery runs.  Talk about exhilaration - being dropped into the crisp air with a hush seeming to fall in around you, as the silence of the mountains engulfs you, just as you begin your adrenaline pumped descent.  One of the main companies offering the experience is Harris Mountain Heli-Ski – they have some good reviews on Trip Advisor.  Skiing not your bag? Try Heli Showshoeing!

Here’s a list of New Zealand’s top adventures that will get your adventure juices flowing from the gadventures blog: The Looptail.  Warning: You may be inspired to book a trip to New Zealand after you see this!


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  1. Agata from NullnFull

    May 14, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Adrenaline in New Zealand? Here you are:
    A month spent in New Zealand was a holiday of my life!

    • DNTM Editor

      May 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing that!

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