As the country where bungee jumping and jet boating were both invented, New Zealand
has a proud heritage as a destination for travelers seeking action-and-adventure thrills. On Waiheke Island, a short 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland
, it's possible to ride an exciting three-stage zip line over vineyards and native forest. All the while, the dramatic, soaring profile of the city's Sky Tower is visible across the Hauraki Gulf—and guess what: It's also possible to walk around the tower's narrow halo at a height of more than 600 feet, and then leap off in a tether-controlled jump. Welcome to New Zealand!