Lonely Planet Chooses 33 NZ Thrills for “1000 Ultimate Adventures”
New Zealand has 33 of the world’s 1000 Ultimate Adventures, according to global travel authority Lonely Planet.
Published this month, Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Adventures features 100 “Top 10 Lists” that bring together the world’s most captivating activities and inspirational challenges.
Thirty-three New Zealand adventures are included in the book’s collection of thrilling travel ideas. The following is a breakdown by region:
Best City Hikes: Coast to Coast Walk, Auckland
Bay of Islands & Northland
Best Adventures in Trees: Kauri Coast
Christchurch & Canterbury
Best Four-Legged Adventures: Horsepower, Canterbury
Best Marine Encounters: Swimming with Dolphins, Akaroa Harbour
Coldest Adventures: Kayak Tasman Lake
Most Spectacular Rock Climbs: Castle Hill
Dunedin & Otago
Classic Rides for Casual Cyclists: Otago Central Rail Trail
The East Coast
Best Pooch Pursuits: Bikejoring, Napier
Fiordland & Southland
Best Hidden Huts & Shelters: Supper Cove Hut, Dusky Sound
Best Hut-to-Hut Tours: The Milford Track
Best Treks with Killer Views: The Milford Track
Best Ultra Runs: Kepler Track Run, Fiordland
Endangered Encounters: Kakapo Recovery
Marlborough & Nelson
Best Animal Adventures: Whale Watching in Kaikoura
Best Marine Encounters: Diving with Fur Seals, Kaikoura
Epic Sea-Kayak Paddles: Abel Tasman National Park
Wildest Swims in the World: Wild Dolphins, Kaikoura
Queenstown & Wanaka
Best Adventures in the Buff: Bungy Jump, Queenstown
Best Beginners’ Climb: North-West Ridge, Mount Aspiring
Downhill Dashes: Nevis Bungy, Queenstown
Sensational Snowshoe Escapades: Queenstown
Rotorua & the Bay of Plenty
Hottest Volcanic Ventures: Whakaari (White Island)
Taupo & the Central Plateau
Boy’s (and Girl’s) Own Adventures: “Mordor”, Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Greatest Zip-Line Experiences: Mokai Gravity Canyon Flying Fox, Taihape
Waikato & the King Country
Craziest Caves: Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Famously Adventurous Destinations: “Middle Earth” near Matamata
World’s Most Remote Capital City: Wellington
The West Coast
Best Hidden Huts & Shelters: Mungo Hut, Westland
Greatest Airborne Adventures: Heli-Hiking at Franz Josef Glacier
Longest Treks: Te Araroa Trail
Most Magnificent Coast-to-Coast Missions: Coast to Coast Race, South Island
Mountain Biking’s Meccas: North Island
Top 10 Adventure Nations: New Zealand
1000 Ultimate Adventures is the third volume in Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate… series, which also includes the best-sellers 1000 Ultimate Experiences and 1000 Ultimate Sights.
LONELY PLANET’S 1000 ULTIMATE ADVENTURES
352pp, full-colour, 210mm x 165mm, paperback
Available now from all good bookstores
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