Summer Wanderlust: Adventurer’s New Zealand Kelly Lo July 28, 2014 Be Happy, Travel In our next installment of Summer Wanderlust, we’re taking a trip to sunny New Zealand! A true adventurer’s paradise, New Zealand is home to a unique ecosystem, you can easily find yourself tanning on a pristine beach in the morning and, in just two hours, taking pictures on a glacier in the afternoon. New Zealand is an incredibly backpacker-friendly country for the experienced and beginners alike. Self-driving tours, hop-on and hop-off buses, and guided adventure tours are offered countrywide. Thrill-seekers will find a plethora of activities to check off their bucket list: Nevis Gorge, Queenstown Photo taken by Lynac. Queenstown is the center of a lot of great eats, great sights, and great thrills. The adrenaline junkie’s capital offers hiking, rafting, jet boating, zip lining and most importantly, bungee jumping! Head over to Nevis Gorge, home to a plethora of heart-pumping activities. Plunge 439 feet over the Nevis River at New Zealand’s tallest bungee jump. If diving headfirst into a canyon isn’t your cup of tea, hop on the world’s biggest swing which will propel you through the gorge in a 985 feet arc! Get your bungee on here. Waitomo Caves, Waikato Photo taken by Wiredforlego. The Waikato region is home to unforgettable attractions. If you’re looking for awe-inspiring sights, check out the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. For adventurers, go tubing down an underground river in the Ruakuri Cave. For extreme spelunkers, get your blood pumping with experienced cavers as you abseil, climb, and squeeze through the nooks and crannies of a subterranean wonderland. Check out your options here! Waiheke Island, Auckland Photo taken by Chris Gin. Take an exhilarating zip down three 200m dual flying fox ziplines through the lush and wild forests of Waiheke. If you want a more intimate look at the wildlife, take an eco-immersive forest walk. You can tackle the mountainous island with a bike or by foot. For those who want to take to the sea, there is stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and fishing.