Christmas gifts with wow-factor

by Elisa Parry

There are so many incredible experiences to do in New Zealand – and not all of them involve bungee jumping or skydiving (though lots of them still do!). This Christmas take the chance to go above and beyond with your gift giving. We’re talking about the kind of jaw-dropping, heart-racing gifts that make memories that will last a lifetime.

Christmas gifts with wow-factor

Live marine volcano tour of White Island

We don’t recommend trying to wrap up a volcano and putting it under the tree… It’s probably much easier to gift a day trip tour of White Island. This is a truly unique gift – the chance to walk on New Zealand’s only live volcano!

Christmas gifts with wow-factor

Shotover river jet boat ride

The jet boat ride is the perfect gift for everyone with the right mix of adrenalin-pumped action and spectacular scenery. You’ll want to hold on tight as you experience awe-inspiring spins and shoot through the narrow passes.

Christmas gifts with wow-factor

Tiritiri Matangi Island day trip with ferry

Spend a day in paradise on Tiritiri Matangi Island. This is a great day out for the whole family. Make sure you allow plenty of time to explore the Island and keep an eye out for the wildlife – especially the Takahe!

Christmas gifts with wow-factor

Auckland Harbour Bridge climb

This is another great activity for the whole family to enjoy together – and it’s the only bridge climb in New Zealand! As you climb. you’ll take in the incredible views of the harbour and surrounding islands. If you’re feeling really adventurous you can also bungee off the Harbour Bridge!

 

Christmas gifts with wow-factor

Learn to fly a helicopter in Auckland

Know someone who would love to be a pilot? Gift them the chance to get behind the wheel of a helicopter! With the help of a qualified instructor, they’ll actually get to trial the controls and fly!

Christmas gifts with wow-factor

Swim with the sharks at the National Aquarium

Diving with sharks isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but some people can’t wait to tick it off their bucket list! Gift them the chance to get up close and personal with the predators of the deep in the oceanarium. This is a once in a lifetime experience they will never forget.

Christmas gifts with wow-factor

Hobbiton movie set guided tour 

Gift this to the Lord of the Rings fan in your family and you'll win at Christmas! Is there a greater gift than the chance to explore Middle-earth? We don't think so. 

Christmas gifts with wow-factor

Queenstown Nevis Catapult Thriller 

Already ticked bungy jumping off your bucket list? It's time to take on the Catapult Thriller - if you dare! This would certainly be a Christmas gift they won't forget in a hurry!