10 experiences to tick off your bucket list

by Elisa Parry

From bungy jumping to quad biking to heli-sking, if you consider yourself the adventurous type, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied in New Zealand. In fact, there are probably loads of experiences (not all of them involving great heights) that you’d love to scratch off your bucket list like mountain biking or zorbing. If you’re in need of a little inspiration, we’ve rounded up 10 incredible experiences to add to your bucket list ASAP!

Evening hot pools with indulgence pack – for 2

Soak under the stars in a luxurious private hot pool. The retractable roof and windows mean your bathing experience can be as indoor or outdoor as you like.

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Doubtful Sounds scenic helicopter flight

You may have been on a cruise of Doubtful Sound before, but have you seen it by air? A flight over this stunning region of the country truly is a once-in-lifetime experience. Enjoy a birds-eye view of one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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Heliski experience with eight runs

Ready to take your skiing game to the next level? Start your day with a helicopter flight into the Southern Alps. You’ll land at the top of a powder slope where your expert guide will then lead you down 8 exhilarating runs.

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Tandem skydive in the North Island

Skydiving is the ultimate bucket list item. Take the leap over Auckland and enjoy stunning views of the city and surrounding areas as you float back down.

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Shotover River Canyon swing
Shotover Canyon swing extreme experience

Skydiving not enough? Launch yourself from a cliff 109m over the famous Shotover River and experience the thrill of a 60m vertical freefall. Try forwards, backwards or take a running jump!

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Overnight glamping on Slipper Island
Overnight luxury glamping on Slipper Island with transfers

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to the serenity of Slipper Island. Your luxury glamping tent will be set just a few steps from a beautiful, white sand beach.

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Swim with dolphins in Akaroa Harbour
Swim with hector’s dolphins in Akaroa Harbour

Always wanted to go swimming with dolphins? Get up close and personal with these playful mammals in their natural environment, just 90 minutes from Christchurch.

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Tandem paragliding over Queenstown in winter
Winter tandem paragliding flight

Soak in aerial views of Queenstown as you soar through the skies on a tandem paraglider. Launch off from 5,400ft and reap the rewards of panoramic vistas of Lake Wakatipu and beyond.

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Hobbiton movie set guided tour

Surely a trip to Middle-Earth is a bucket list destination for everyone. Get the full Hobbiton experience on this guided tour of the actual film set from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit.

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OGO Globe ride

Yes, this is as fun (and ridiculous) as it looks. So what do you actually do? Enter a giant globe and roll down a hill of course. You’ll feel like a hamster in an amazingly fun wheel but with the added slip and slide fun of water!

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