New Zealand Adventure Tours

New Zealand has a huge reputation for adventure with a multitude of activities that will get the heart pumping: from sky diving to white water rafting, extreme jet boating to hot air ballooning, caving to quad biking - and more. In many locations it is possible to squeeze several adrenalin pursuits into one day; nicknamed the "adrenalin capital of the world," Queenstown is one such place.

We highly recommend using this fantastic opportunity to challenge yourself and try something new - you will be hard-pressed to find such incredible activities set to a more stunning backdrop. Whilst there is always that small element of risk involved, we work with the most experienced activity operators, all of which place a large emphasis on safety.

Read our articles below to find out more about the New Zealand Adventures Holidays has to offer - all experienced by us!

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  • Rimutaka Cycle Trail

    Rimutaka Cycle Trail

    Located between Wellington and the Wairapa valley, the Rimutaka Trail crosses a region that is well-known by the locals but not by tourists. Cycling on this trail is an immersive, off the beaten track experience but also one that is borrowed from the history of the first settlers.

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  • The Timber Trail

    Timber Trail is nestled in Pureora Forest, between Lake Taupo and Te Kuiti, in the Central North Island. Begin your journey at Pureora Village in the north, ending at Ongarue in the south. Experience the full grandeur of the forest, open to cyclists and walkers alike.

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  • Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

    Alps2Ocean opens up a part of the South Island running east to west, which takes us through the mountains where its peak overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

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  • West Coast Wilderness Trail

    I had already visited this part of the country and it had never particularly impressed me. I came back from this trip feeling totally differently.

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  • Forgotten World Rail Trail

    The Forgotten World Rail Trail Adventure

    Nestled within the deep hidden valleys of New Zealand's Forgotten World Highway is the ultimate way to explore rural New Zealand. Travel along decommissioned railway lines, through tunnels, over bridges and rivers and to townships that time forgot.

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  • Before jumping - final check!

    Bungy Jumping from Auckland Harbour Bridge

    If you are not able to reach the remote places where you can experiment bungy jumping in New Zealand, then Auckland's Harbour Bridge is here waiting for you.

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  • A Lifetime Challenge - Skydiving

    In life you should never say never... and yet I did, "I will never ever go skydiving!"

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  • Waitomo Caves: A More Personal Approach

    At Once Upon A Trip we know you want authenticity when you travel - so we were thrilled to come across a small family-run business, Cave World, that are able to give you a much more intimate, personalised visit to Waitomo's infamous glowworm caves.

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  • Kayaking in Cathedral Cove

    If you've been wanting to kayak in North Island, think about the Coromandel, and in particular about Cathedral Cove - it is a fantastic spot and one of the few places where children can kayak too.

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  • The Whanganui River Canoe Trip

    Laura and I set off one long weekend to try out the only one of New Zealand's 9 "Great Walks" that is done in canoes or kayaks; the Whanganui River Journey.

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  • America's Cup Sailing in Auckland

    In September I decided to try out the adventure of sailing on one of the former America's Cup yachts in Auckland. NZ was the first country to be able to wrestle the cup out of the Americans hands and it is a feat that is very proudly regarded here.

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  • Black Cat Cruises

    Swimming with Hector Dolphins in Akaroa

    Akaroa is one of our favourite destinations in New Zealand, and sure we have a few Frenchies in the office but in all objectivity, this village is truly a little-known gem.

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