New Zealand’s Exhilarating ElementsRemote, untamed, raw; New Zealand is the ultimate adventurer’s playground. A place of great beauty and immense landscapes; here you can truly put yourself to the test against nature’s elements. Where else can you walk on active volcanoes, heli-ski down epic mountaintops and jet across mirrored rivers into the wilderness? Whether earth, fire, wind or water, here are my top ways to experience New Zealand’s exhilarating elements.
Walk on fire
New Zealand is a country cut out of rock and fire. You can literally trace nature’s creative work in the mesmerising topography of volcanic craters, cones and peaks—ones that still steam and bubble today. Crossing Mount Tarawera’s active crater floor is a chance to experience New Zealand’s fire-shaped landscapes up close; a truly unforgettable experience.
Heli-hop across mountains
If your idea of an adrenaline kick means taking to the skies then you’re spoilt for choice in New Zealand. You can heli-ski, heli-surf, take hair-raising helicopter tours over volcanoes, glaciers, mountains and vineyards, or even go whale-watching from the safety of a handy chopper. Spending time in the clouds, the wind as your guide watching this incredible world unfold beneath is nothing short of electrifying.
Jet across water
New Zealand’s wildlife-rich coasts and lakes are as vast as they are strikingly beautiful. Some lakes are so big that they could almost engulf other countries, while the rivers that cut through the mountains and meadows just beg to be explored. Take a jet-boat into the wilderness on the River Dart and admire the backdrop of blues and greens of Mount Aspiring National Park.
Scale sky-high peaks
Snow-capped or forest-clad, New Zealand’s jagged peaks deservedly make it on to postcards for their jaw-dropping beauty, but they’re also a hiker’s nirvana. Mountain adventurers should head to the World Heritage Mount Cook National Park, where no less than 19 peaks tickle the clouds at over 3,000 metres including the highest peak in Australasia, Mount Cook. Scaling these stone totems of ice and rock, you’ll truly appreciate the power that New Zealand’s earth can command.