When I signed up to go black water rafting on the North Island of New Zealand I honestly had no idea what to expect. Like you- I thought that it would be similar to white water rafting but maybe more intense? I soon found out that this adventure activity unlike anything that I had anticipated- in fact, there was no rafting whatsoever.
On the plane I looked out the window as I watched the ground get farther and farther away. I was sitting there entranced with the scenery and fascinated by how high we kept getting. I was going to fall all the way down to the ground.
The Sevens tournament is held in countries around the world but nothing beats the Kiwi’s love for Rugby and having a good time. To give you some perspective; New Zealand has won the World Rugby Sevens Series a total of 12 times while no other county has won more than twice.
Right outside of Queenstown is the first ever official commercial bungy site at Kawarau Bridge Bungy. You can still bungee jump at this site and are even allowed to do it stark naked! They have no also added on New Zealand’s highest bungee jump as well as they canyon swing.
Whitewater rafting- the perfect adventure activity if jumping out of airplanes isn’t your thing. Unless you are a professional you will not do anything to crazy on a white water rafting trip. It is the perfect activity to give you some excitement and adventure but to a lesser degree than bungee jumping.
It is also a great way to see the country that you are in and experience nature in a different way. Whitewater rafting helps you develop respect for mother natures power and beauty.
The Rhythm and Vines Festival is held in New Zealand for three days leading up to New Years day. New Years is a huge holiday in New Zealand and even bigger in Gisborne since it is the very first place in the world to to welcome the rising sun of the new year. It is also the perfect weather for a music festival since January is actually their summer time.