New Zealand, an Adventure Playground

New Zealand is a country which thrives on adventure. Rugged mountain landscapes become off-piste playgrounds, sky-reflecting lakes turn into jet-boat race trackers while ice-blue glaciers open up for exhilarating exploration.  The Kiwis have made it possible to jump, drive, slide, roll, fly or hike through pretty much any part of the country's terrain - making it a wonderland for adrenaline seekers.

Black Abyss Caving, Waitomo

Leave your nerves above ground before abseiling 37m into a cylindrical hole small enough that you can touch the edge with your feet. This is the breathtaking beginning to the five-hour underground Black Abyss tour at Ruakuri Cave exploring a secret world which was hidden beneath the sea 30 million years ago.

With two guides and a group of up to 12, you'll zip-wire, leap, tube, squeeze and wade your way through ice-cold water during this thrilling adventure, stopping along the way to take in the glorious sight of glow-worms.

The grand finale is climbing two fairly small but powerful waterfalls as you make your way to the surface of Waitomo Forest and the end of this unforgettable journey.

Glacier Hike, Franz Josef

Here you can have two types of adventures. A heli-hike will take in scenery you couldn't possibly witness any other way. You'll land high up on the glacier for a two-hour tour among the ice caves, pinnacles and seracs.

For the hardcore, opt for the full-day hike, Equipped with crampons, you'll feel like a true adventurer as you trek deep into the heart of the ice-blue glacier.

In five hours, you will slide through ice caves, shuffle down near vertical ice walls - and enjoy lunch while taking in the breathtaking scenery.

Skydive, Lake Wanaka, Wanaka

It's not just the spectacular scenery that motivates people to jump from a plane at 15,000ft.

But with a flight that takes in views of Mt Cook and Mt Aspiring - the country's highest snow-capped mountains - this is arguably the best place in NZ to do it.

You'll be distracted by the stunning glaciers, river valleys and glistening lakes as you fly over Lake Wanaka.

You won't need any previous experience as you'll be attached to a qualified guide.

Then it's time to jump, falling for 60 seconds through the air - at about a heady 200km/h.

Before you know it, the parachute will open and you'll be gliding peacefully back down to earth.

Jet boating, Westport

Powered by twin V8 engines and boasting more than 820 horse power, hold on to your hat while this dynamic jet boat zips across the Buller River.

You'll be taken closer than ever before to rock walls and craggy overhangs at terrifying speeds.

The experienced guide is fun and informative. Listen to him, but don't be caught off-guard for the 360-degree 'Hamilton' spins that will leave you unsure of where you began and where you're heading.