Adrenaline Junkies Waikato and Rotorua
Stay and Play
To get out more and get the heart pumping, there’s nothing like a few days in the Waikato and Rotorua. Whether you are underground, overground, on or in the water, attached to a bike, kayak or luge, or taking your own journey to middle earth – there’s fun a plenty whatever your age or stage in this part of the Central North Island!
Waitomo is an action seekers dream – a huge range of experiences will get you into the underground groove at a fun and a fear factor to suit all. Nature chose to carve out a glowworm-studded underground marvel, you choose the adventure to match in this wonderful natural playground.
Climb, leap, zipline or abseil underground with Waitomo Adventures.
Take a Black Labyrinth tour and float down an underground river and jump off subterranean waterfalls as you admire the glowworm-studded cave interior.
Middle-earth movie magic can be found in the lush green countryside near Matamata. Be inspired on a guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set, where you can see the hobbit holes tucked into the hillside and learn about a significant part of New Zealand’s film history.
Hampton Downs’ Go Karts are a must do with two track configurations and modern Karts that reach speeds of up to 70kmh. Challenge your friends or family, and set your fastest lap time on the 530m Go Kart track. If you would prefer someone else did the driving – check out the other options to get fast – real fast on the Hampton Downs race track!
Raglan, New Zealand, has become a famous stop on the worldwide surfing circuit. The small coastal Waikato town boasts a cool surf culture and relaxed vibe and is regularly featured on lists of the world’s best surf destinations. While kiteboarding, kayaking, windsurfing and stand up paddleboarding have grown in popularity in recent years due to the favourable winds around the area, there’s no doubt that surfing remains top of the list of things to do in Raglan. Learn to surf the longest left hand surf break in the world with Raglan Surfing School.
Heading onto Rotorua there is an endless possibility of adrenaline fuelled fun, so pick your kind of fun, make a plan, and go for it!
Skyline Rotorua – The Luge was invented in Rotorua and this gravity fuelled activity is still going strong. Race your way down the sides of Mount Ngongotaha and then enjoy the views on the chairlift back to the top. Grab lunch at the Market Kitchen or indulge yourself with wine tasting at Volcanic Hills, or if that’s not enough adrenaline, take it up a notch with the Skyswing or Zoom Ziplines.
Raft the Kaituna River – Rotorua is home to the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall, the Tutea Falls. Tackle the rapids of the Kaituna River, and then brace yourself for the big drop! This section is also popular with some of New Zealand’s best kayakers, so keep an eye out for some famous faces!
Velocity Valley is where speed, adrenaline and fear collide! There’s a choice of high adrenaline activities, the Agrojet is a like a regular jet boat on steroids, Freefall Extreme is like skydiving without the plane, the Swoop is bound to get the heart pumping, or for the competitive types – race away on the Schweeb.
Speed & Spins: Head to the lake for a Speed and Spins tour with Katoa Rotorua. The jet boat drivers show off the sights of Rotorua at speed, and you might even learn a little history along the way too!
Zorb :This classic kiwi invention has become a Rotorua Must Do. Visit the world’s largest ball rolling park and the only place in New Zealand where you can roll your way down a mountain in a giant inflatable ball. Unleash your competitive spirit and race down the straight tracks, or if you’re feeling brave opt for the MEGA or Big Air tracks.
Mountain Biking – Rotorua is home to some of the best mountain biking in the world. The pros rave about the trails here, but it’s not all hardcore – there’s something to suit even the least adventurous riders. Waipa Mountain Bike Car Park is a great place to start with coffee, food and bike hire at Mountain Bike Rotorua and even hot tubs at Secret Spot for a bit of post-ride indulgence or recharge.
Redwoods Altitude – Have a head for heights? Challenge yourself at Redwoods Altitude and bring out your inner Tarzan! This is the next level up the adrenaline scale from the now famous Redwoods Treewalk. Wind your way up the spiral staircase and take to the treetops on a course of bridges, ziplines and cargo nets.
Scope café is centrally located on Tutanekai Street and is an ideal place to fuel up for your adventures. You’ll struggle to choose between the mouth-watering menu and the tasty treats in the cabinet, so make sure you arrive with an appetite!
Stay – Jet Park Hotel is conveniently located close to all the action. Enjoy a drink from the bar in the hot spa and if you’re bringing your bike, there’s a bike wash station and storage facility too.