I know I said I wouldn’t be posting any recaps until I got home but I had some down time and I just couldn’t wait to share some of my adventures!

If you seek adventure, New Zealand is the country to go to.  They are pioneers in extreme sports. I’ve never been much of a thrill seeker but as they say, when in Rome!


We started out by checking out the Luge in Rotoroua. I didn’t really have any expectations heading into the luge but let me tell you, it was so much fun! We were able to race down the hill and I felt like I was in Mario Kart the entire time. I kept looking for my turtle shell to throw at the person in front of me.

They had three different tracks – scenic, intermediate and advanced. The advanced one had you flying down the hill and even catching some air on the drops. It was definitely an experience I would repeat.

luge rotoroua


The second I knew I was going to New Zealand I knew I wanted to go zorbing. This is a “sport” invented in New Zealand. In case you’ve never heard of it, you get inside a giant inflatable ball with water and then get pushed down a hill. Sound completely crazy? It kind of is, but it’s also insanely fun.

First, I went tandem with Tom racing my sister-in-law, brother-in-law and nephew down the hill and then I went solo down the zig-zag track which had you bouncing all over the ball.

This is a must-do adventure if you are ever in New Zealand.
zorb new zealand
zorb rotoroua


Jet-boating is another New Zealand created adventure activity. So of course the entire family (minus Tom’s Mom) needed to jet boat down the river, spinning 360s and narrowly avoid hitting the riverbed.

jet boating

It was a lot of fun but honestly not quite as extreme as I had expected it to be. There did seem to be some other companies or locations (Haka Falls) that may have been more exciting. But we got a good deal on the price through BookMe and the views throughout the ride were fantastic so I was pretty happy overall.

jet boat new zealand

Bungy Jump

This adventure kind of came by accident. Heading to New Zealand I really wanted to challenge myself with an adventure. I’ve always said I would consider skydiving but never bungy jumping. So in my mind I was considering skydiving. Unfortunately when we got there, skydiving was already sold out.

My biggest fear with bungy jumping (besides the heights) is the jump. In Queenstown they offered a few swing options which essentially is the same was a bungy except you’re on a swing so you can sit in the harness and then be released versus jumping head first off a bridge. I signed up for a tandem swing with Tom and not only did I choose a swing, I chose the worlds largest swing.

Tom was also planning on bungy jumping. So I headed out with him to spectate. The bungy he planned was in the middle of a canyon suspended on cables. We headed out on this tiny little cart and I thought I might faint.

nevis bungy

As soon as we got to the platform the wind picked up, hard! They told us it seemed likely they wouldn’t be able to jump. After waiting it out for a while it was clear the wind was only getting worse so we headed back.

Luckily, we were able to reschedule at the Kawarau bridge (the site of the very first commercial bungy jump). Under some pressure, I decided to do a tandem jump with Tom but upon arriving at the bridge I was told they weren’t doing tandem jumps. With much hesitation I decided to do it solo.

Waiting in line my nerves got the best of me and I had a full on panic attack. I decided that was it, I was backing out. However, the lady who put on our harnesses wasn’t there. Eventually, I calmed down and after watching Tom and my brother-in-law jump I decided to go for it.

kawarau bungy jump

I stepped up to the ledge and fear paralyzed me. I told the guy I needed to go back, I couldn’t jump. I tried about 3 or 4 times to get back off that ledge but he was so patient and talked me into it. Finally, I made the leap of faith. Not the graceful swan dive some people make but a jump nonetheless.

new zealand bungy jump

And from that point, absolute terror. I don’t think I can describe it any better than this picture shows it.

kawarau bungy jump

The experience was complete terror, exhilaration and excitement. Getting off of it I was on a complete high of adrenaline. I am SO happy I did it. I pushed myself way outside of my comfort zone and I did something I never thought I would ever do in my life. Would I do it again? Probably not, but at least I can say I’ve bungy jumped!

Are you a thrill seeker? What’s the biggest adventure you have ever taken on?

This is an excerpt from the article Adventures in New Zealand which originally appeared on http://www.prettylittlegrub.com/.