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Adrenaline Adventures in Auckland - Must-Do Experiences

Ready to set out on an adrenaline-fueled journey through Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau? From skydiving to paragliding, we’ve listed the top adventure experiences in and around the ‘City of Sails’.

Sky Adventures

  • Skydiving Over Auckland

Ever wanted to see New Zealand from above? There are a few different ways you can take your journey to the skies in Auckland, with skydiving being one of the most popular options. With flights of up to 18,000ft, Skydive Auckland offers the country’s highest skydiving experience—perfect for those wanting to take their experience to the next level. Other options include a 13,000 or 16,000 dive, with all flights offering unmatched views of the city, coastline and surrounding islands.

  • Bungy Jumping at Auckland Bridge

Swap your parachute for a bungee cord with a bungee experience off the iconic Auckland Bridge. Feel the wind rush past you as you leap 40 metres below, where you’ll be able to touch the sparkling waters of Waitemata Harbour. While here, consider tackling the Auckland Bridge Climb, a guided tour to the peak of the Bridge, giving you 360-degree views all around the city.

  • Paragliding Over the Waitakere Ranges

For something a little different, drive to Wings and Waves paragliding site in Maungauika, Devonport, just less than an hour from Auckland CBD in your Ace rental car. Experience the thrill of a tandem paragliding adventure over the Waitakere Ranges. Soar high above the treetops, enjoying panoramic views of Auckland's skyline, harbours and lush greenery.

Water Adventures

  • Whitewater Rafting on the Kaituna River

Head out of Auckland for a day trip to the Kaituna River in Rotorua for an unique whitewater rafting experience. After a three-hour drive from Auckland in your rental car, hop aboard the raft and prepare to journey past 11 rapids and three cascading waterfalls, including the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall: Tutea Falls. Come prepared by bringing along your swimsuit and a towel and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

  • Blackwater Rafting in Waitomo Caves

Take your holiday underground with a rafting adventure in the Waitomo Caves. Not only will you journey down dim-lit caves, but you’ll also see mesmerising glowworm displays as they illuminate the caves. There are two types of blackwater rafting tours to choose from here, with the Black Labyrinth option, including tubing down the river and jumping off waterfalls, while the Black Abyss adds a ziplining and abseiling component to your cave adventure.

  • Surfing on Auckland's West Coast

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to surf, Auckland’s rugged west coast is the perfect place to do so. Grab a surfboard and hit the waves at either Piha Beach or Muriwai Beach, take a lesson or simply swim amongst the stunning coastal scenery and enjoy the freedom of the open water.

  • Canyoning in the Waitakere Ranges

Dive into the heart of the Waitakere Ranges for an adrenaline-pumping canyoning experience. Descend cascading waterfalls, leap into natural pools, and navigate through rugged canyon terrain for an unforgettable adventure. At the end of your adventure you’ll get to visit Phia’s Lion Rock and its black sand beach.

Land Adventures

  • Off-Roading Adventures

Explore New Zealand off-road on a quad bike safari tour at 4 Track Adventures. Located in South Head, there are a range of guided tours to choose from, with no previous experience provided. The Trail Blazer Safari is an excellent introduction to riding four-wheel motorbikes, the Coastal Views Safari covers forest tracks and passes through Muriwai Beach, and the Beach Blaster Safari is a longer ride covering between 45 to 55 kms of forest tracks, as well as Muriwai Beach. Explore Auckland’s rugged terrain as you partake in this unique experience.

  • Mountain Biking in Woodhill Forest

Head to Woodhill Forest for a mountain biking adventure. With a variety of trails catering to all skill levels, you’ll zoom through native bush, tackle challenging terrain, and enjoy picturesque views as you ride through the forest. Front Suspension standard bikes, including jump bikes, are available to hire on-site, as well as Full Suspension, Electric Full Suspension and Kids Front Suspension bikes, making sure everyone can have a go.

  • Hiking the Coromandel Coastal Walkway

Lace up your tramping boots and take on the Coromandel Coastal Walkway for a scenic trek. Discover hidden coves, pristine beaches, and rugged cliffs as you traverse this stunning coastal trail, stopping for scenic photo opportunities and moments of reflection.

Whether you prefer discovering the city by sea, air or land, the memories you’ve made while adventuring around Auckland will stay with you forever. Whether you're a thrill-seeker or nature enthusiast, Auckland offers an array of experiences that guarantee fun and adventure amongst breathtaking landscapes.

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