Christmas gift ideas they'll never forget

We all have that one friend that isn’t quite satisfied with a sweater. Whether it’s on land, sea or air, they’re after an adrenaline rush that will have them bragging at the local pub for weeks. So here are five gift ideas to get them out of their comfort zone.

Shotover jet boat ride New Zealand

Wet and Wild

There’s nothing quite like flying down the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers for 43 kilometres of pure adrenaline. For the salty sea dogs among us, this is just what the doctor ordered. Zip across Lake Wakatipu and two incredible rivers in a high powered, twin engine jet boat that will take your loved one on 360 degree spins and exciting turns at high speed. Once returned from the full-throttle experience riders will experience the stunning view from the Queenstown Underwater Observatory and get up close and personal with rainbow trout and local sea-life.

A Leap of Faith

Only the truly wild would jump at the thought of a head-first drop toward the ground. For those that are brave enough, a bungy jump off the Auckland Harbour Bridge is the perfect gift. Jumpers will check in at the Westhaven Reserve base half an hour prior to their jump. Really want to spoil that special someone? The entire jump will be photographed and videoed so they can relive their bungee experience for years to come. 

heli-skiing New Zealand

What the Heli-Skiing?

For most of us flying down a slope at one hundred kilometres per hour with nothing but two wooden sticks plastered to your feet is thrilling enough. For those that want to really challenge themselves, look no further than heli-skiing. Adrenaline junkies will get to experience three exhilarating runs suited to their level of ability. Once aboard the chopper they’ll be flown to the run for a quick look at some of the better views in New Zealand before they’re dropped into the snow for the wildest ride of their life. Peckish? An alpine buffet lunch is on offer to give riders some time to catch their breath.

Shootover canyon swing New Zealand

Swinging It

The ultimate gift for the risk-taker that’s not quite ready to bungee jump, the Shotover Canyon Swing Extreme experience is sure to rip them out of their comfort zone. Swingers will fall from more than 100 metres in the air with a 60 metre freefall, soaring 200 metres across the renowned Shotover River. This one certainly gives the local park a run for its money!

girl rock climbing

The Height of Fear

Some adventurers find the quick-pace of bungee jumping isn’t long enough, if this is your loved one, get them an experience they won’t forget in a hurry. An exhilarating cliff climbing adventure will see participants used fixed rungs, pegs, rails, ladders and cables to scale the side of a cliff in the sort of scene we’re used to seeing in action movies. The experience runs for four hours with a variety of courses available depending on ability. All gear is provided and they’ll climb with qualified instructors, so they can race them to the top!