Whether you are looking for the adrenaline extreme or just a bit of excitement, Auckland New Zealand has it all. A country known for pushing to the limit, many of these are once in a lifetime opportunities. Ignore the rumour that says you must head to the South Island for adrenaline rush activities. Check out these fun things to do in Auckland:
Adrenaline Rush Activities On the Water
America’s Cup Sailing
This is the real thing – an opportunity to crew on a former Team New Zealand America’s Cup yacht. The expert crew is there to assist, but it is the passengers who race and steer the yacht. There are sails to adjust, ropes to pull, and decisions to be made. There are jobs for everyone who wants one. Or, choose to sit and enjoy the wind in your hair while you admire the city skyline. Either way, the two hours out on the water go by far too quickly.
Surf Muriwai or Piha Beach
The wild west coast beaches are ready for surfers, but take caution and remember to swim between the flags. And while you are here, be sure check out the black sand. It’s loaded with magnetite, an iron bearing mineral, making it magnetic. Should you visit Muriwai between August and February, you will find a colony of Australian Gannets that fly over 2ooo kilometres to breed on this beach (and two others) in New Zealand.
Everyone should get out on Auckland Harbour at least once, whether it be racing in an America’s Cup yacht, on a dinner cruise, on a ferry, or with the power and excitement of the spins and tricks offered by the jet boats.
Adrenaline Rush Activities on the Land
New Zealand’s largest theme park is small compared to some of the giants around the world, yet it is packed with excitement. If you are born brave you can take the vertical drop reaching speeds of 82 km/hour. Test your courage on any of the five thrill rides that spin, flip, corkscrew, and otherwise leave you screaming. Stratosfear (shown in the photo above) at its most extreme is considered their scariest ride.
I haven’t tried this one yet, but my niece went canyoning on the South Island and loved it. It is one of the fun things to do in Auckland (Waitakere Ranges) for adrenaline junkies.
Bridge Walk and Bungy Jump
For some reason, this one just doesn’t appeal to me. However, it seems to belong on an adrenaline rush activities list, particularly since the first commercial bungy jump took place in New Zealand.
Adrenaline Rush Activities in the Air
Best described as a reverse bungy, if that were such a thing. Strapped to a seat, the riders are catapulted into the air at 5Gs, reaching 200kph in just 2 seconds. At the maximum stretch, riders are floating, suspended for a moment, until they fall rapidly back down.
Eco Zip Adventures
Zipping over the canopy, riders enjoy the lush green native forests of Waiheke Island. Everything about EcoZip Adventure resonates natural beauty and excitement. Before taking the ferry back to Auckland, visit one of the world-famous wineries on Waiheke island, or visit one of the many beaches.
SkyJump or SkyWalk
Adrenaline junkies looking for a thrill have two options from the top of the Sky Tower: SkyJump or SkyWalk. The first, a base jump via wire, plunges brave riders from 192m, at speeds up to 85km/hour. It is fast enough to satisfy any dare-devil yet slower than a traditional bungy jump, thus allowing participants to enjoy both the thrill and the view on the way down. SkyWalk takes tethered visitors all the way around the tower on a narrow 1.2 metre-wide ledge suspended 192 metres above the ground. The lack of handrail makes it all the more exciting.
I may not be brave enough to give it a try, but it is one of the adrenaline rush activities in Auckland that should be included in this list.
Other Exciting and Fun Things to Do in Auckland
Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari
Every moment on an Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari is exciting. For me, it is one of the most fun things to do in Auckland. Nothing tops the day’s first sighting. As the boat turns toward hundreds of seabirds diving into the water, the commentator explains that this feeding frenzy will attract dolphins, and the whales will be close behind. On approach, the boat slows and smiling passengers move towards the rails for a better view. An onboard marine researcher points out the frolicking dolphins. It isn’t long before the seabirds take flight and, in what seems like complete silence, a majestic whale breaks the water’s surface.
Feel like solving a mystery? At Escape Masters you and a few friends are locked in a room, the timer is set for 60 minutes, and you need to find the clues to “escape”. I was leery at first, afraid of claustrophobia, but there is an unlocked door in every room, just in case you can’t solve the mystery or want to leave. Located right on Queen Street in the centre of town, they are easy to find.
- Auckland is an easy city to get around via public transportation, private car, or taxi.
- Before you book directly for any of these activities, be sure to check Viator as they have a low price guarantee, often offering lower prices than purchasing directly. Viator offers tours/tickets for America’s Cup Racing, visiting the black sands of the surf beaches, Jet Boats, bridge and bungy jump, Eco Zip, SkyJump, SkyWalk, skydive, and the Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari. Viator is a TripAdvisor company, and we feel confident recommending them.
- The “adventure capital of the world” is the nickname of Queenstown, on the South Island.
- Grab your copy of Lonely Planet’s New Zealand Travel Guide.
Which of these adrenaline rush activities appeal to you?
Disclaimer: We are frequently provided with a complimentary entry or other benefits. However, the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.
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