8 adventure tours New Zealand has for thrillseekers and where to book them

They don’t call it the adventure capital of the world for nothing, you know.

For adventure seekers, it can only be New Zealand. Not only is it a hop and skip away from Australia, but with its untouched landscape of mountains, volcanoes, rivers and glaciers, it also offers endless outdoor activities no matter how hard you want to push that adrenaline button.

Skydiving, rock climbing, canyoning, white water rafting, heli-skiing, zorbing or just 4x4ing through its captivating landscape are just a few options waiting for you in New Zealand. Whatever your flavour, these are the tours that can help you savour the experience.

Top sites to book adventure tours in New Zealand

1. Contiki
Live life on the edge in New Zealand with Contiki’s array of heart-stopping action-packed youthful tours.

  • Age range: 18–35 year olds.
  • Tour types: Discovery, in-depth explorer, festivals, short stays, winter and ski.
  • Adventurous activities available: Glacier hiking, bungee jumping, canyon swinging, quad biking, scenic flights, snow sports, skydiving, jetboating, 4WD, black water rafting, cruising, zorbing and glacier helitours.

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2. Topdeck
For those who’d prefer to swing into canyons and raft down rivers with a slightly younger crowd, Topdeck offers exciting tours for 18–30 year olds.

  • Age range: 18–30 year olds.
  • Tour types: Discovery and in-depth cultural.
  • Adventurous activities available: Glacier hike, glacier heli flight, jetboating, bungee jumping, horse riding, skydiving, skiing, zip lining, whitewater rafting, dolphin sailing, parasailing, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, quad biking, swimming, sceni

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3. Flying Kiwi via TourRadar
Flying Kiwi has been voted #1 in the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth awards for its multisport, cycling, hiking and adventurous activities. It also has a handful of top rated tours by National Geographic to brag about. Yeah, this adventure tour c

  • Age range: 18+ years.
  • Tour types: Nature and adventure.
  • Adventurous activities available: Hiking, cycling, tramping, sailing, fishing, sand boarding, kayaking, h2Go, bungee jumping, black water rafting, caving, luge, jetboating, canyon swinging, glacier hiking, horse riding, quad biking, stunt plane piloting,

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4. Haka Tours via TourRadar
With New Zealand tour names such as “Adrenalin Junkie Tour” and “Dirt Seeker MTB Tour”, these experiences are for those seeking all the best thrills and spills.

  • Age range: 18-plus.
  • Tour types: Adventure, skiing, snowboarding and bicycle.
  • Adventurous activities available: Heli experiences (hiking, snow sports, mountain biking), MTB, skiing, snowboarding, hot air ballooning, surfing, scenic flight, bungee jumping, paragliding, horse trekking, skydiving, canyon swing, jetboating, whale watch

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5. G Adventures
Get out there with G Adventures and experience the wonders of the country with a variety of fun and active adventures for all ages and budgets.

  • Age range: 12-plus years old.
  • Tour types: Active, yolo and classic.
  • Adventurous activities available: Cycling, hiking, kayaking, tramping, skiing, rafting, jet boating, canoeing, surfing, cruising, paragliding, mountain biking, skydiving, bungee jumping, snorkelling and canyon swinging.

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6. Viator
With hundreds of one-day and multi-day tours available from local suppliers, you won’t be short of choice when booking your adventure tour of New Zealand through Viator.

  • Age range: Tours are available for all ages.
  • Tour types: Marine, cultural, family-friendly, outdoor, sightseeing and nature.
  • Adventurous activities available: Heli hiking, glacier walking, canoeing, jetboating, scenic flights, skydiving, whale watching and black water rafting.

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7. City Discovery
Seeking an underground adventure in one of New Zealand’s North Island caves? City Discovery has more than a few options up its sleeve.

  • Age range: Tours are available for all ages.
  • Tour types: One-day and multi-day water, hiking, outdoors, eco, food, cruises and sightseeing tours.
  • Adventurous activities available: Cave tubing, cave tours, cruises and dolphin watching.

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Top North and South islands combined adventure tours

Pure Adrenalin (ex. Christchurch)
The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch)
Grand Kiwi (ex. Auckland)
Ultimate Explorer from Christchurch
Amplified NZ Tour

Top North Island adventure tours

Northern Explorer (ex. Wellington)
Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour f...

Top South Island adventure tours

'Sweet As' South (Wellington)
Southern Explorer (ex. Christchurch)

Top Winter sports adventure tours

Ultimate NZ Ski
Queenstown Snow Fix
South Island Snow Safari

Top extreme sports tours

NZ Dirt and Snow Tour
South Island Dirt Seeker MTB Tour
New Zealand – North Island Multisport (8 days, ...
G Adventures
South Island Adrenalin Junkie Tour
New Zealand Multisport (21 days, Auckland to Well...
G Adventures
NZ MTB Dreamer Tour

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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