From Whangaparaoa in the north to Otago in the extreme south, New Zealand has a lot to offer. You can enjoy the waters, hike through the splendid displays of Mother Nature, go below and see the caves or satisfy your appetite for thrills through extreme sports. Knowing what to enjoy can be quite challenging. To make it easier for you, here are the main leisure activities in New Zealand.
1. The water
New Zealand is an island nation, meaning it has plenty of water surrounding it. This is why it is one of the most popular destinations for water lovers. One of the most common water sports is surfing. Here, you need to do your research and figure out the best surfing spot around. Some are best for experienced surfers while others are perfect for beginners.
Diving and snorkelling are also very popular but you also need to research about the best spots especially in regards to skill level. For families, swimming, sailing and canoeing are great moments of fun and bonding. For a bit more adrenaline, try rafting. Other water activities include fishing, boat cruises, kayaking and windsurfing.
Depending on your budget, experience and appetite for adventure, feel free to take your pick from all these activities.
2. The land
The first activity that comes to mind when you think of the land is hiking. This is one of the best ways to take in the beauty and wonder of New Zealand. Whether you are alone, in a group or a family, there are many types of hiking tours you can take.
Another popular way to enjoy the great outdoors is camping. You can combine a bit of hiking and camping for an all round great experience. At night, you can gaze up at the inky expanse of the sky, glittering with beautiful stars.
If walking is not for you, take a bike and ride along popular trails. Some spots are especially amazing during sunset or sunrise. Other popular land activities include skiing, picnics and road trips.
3. The air
If you want views from above, get ready for some adrenaline-pumping moments. Start by zip lining down slopes where you can combine the sights of nature with screams of abandon as you zip through the wind. If you have the heart for adventure, try skydiving and make sure you find a company that provides additional video recording services. For a gentler adventure from above, a hot air balloon is a great idea.
4. Extreme sports
All the above sound too gentle for you? Perhaps rafting through wild rapids or bungee jumping will get your heart pumping fast enough. If it is thrills you seek, New Zealand will not disappoint.
Perfect retreat by the sea
El Rancho is a retreat and camping centre that brings more than 20 activities under one roof. You can enjoy horse riding, kayaking, go karting, archery, swimming and so much more. Located a stone’s throw away from the beach and just a short distance from Waikane River, El Rancho is perfect for Christian camps looking for a quiet place to meet and bond.