“Some of the top ways to get an adrenaline rush down under!”
Top Adrenaline Rush Activities and Tours in Australia and New Zealand
There’s no doubt that when people head down under to the southern hemisphere they’re looking for an Adventure and to discover new things. For some people it’s relaxing on the beach, for some it’s hiking and then for others it’s all about throwing yourself out of a plane, jumping off a bridge or getting into a submerged cage surrounded by fierce predators. This article is aimed at those who want to feel that rush of Adrenaline, put themselves to the test and maybe overcome some fears while they’re at it!
Below you’ll find in no particular order - the top Adrenaline Activities in Australia and New Zealand.
Skydive at Mission Beach
If you ask someone who’s been to Australia where the best place to Skydive is in the country is there’s an extremely good chance they’ll say Mission beach. Imagine jumping out of a plane from 15,000 feet in the air with views of the ocean, islands, as well as the lush green mainland and to top it all off you get to land on the beach! You don’t have to be in mission beach either as there are pick ups in Cairns so why not make a day of it?
Watch Clinton from One Stop Adventures skydiving at Mission beach in the video below:
Bungy Jump and Minjin Swing in Cairns
This is Australia’s one and only Bungy jump nestled in the rainforest amongst the trees above a lake. This is a must do experience when you’re in Cairns and there are multiple ways you can take the plunge. Most will opt for the traditional bungy while you can also run and jump off, do a backflip or even ride a BMX bike off with the BMXTREME package.
There’s also the Minjin Jungle swing where you’re lifted up 45 metres into the air before pulling your own rip cord to let yourself go on an awesome swing getting up to 120 kilometres an hour!
Watch Paul from One Stop Adventures do the Bungy and Minjin Swing in Cairns below:
The cage of death at Crocosaurus cove
If you want to get right up close to one of the Deadliest Predators in the world it doesn’t come any closer than this. Climb down a ladder into a clear circular cage allowing 360 degree views. The ladder is then removed, lid closed and a monorail crane lifts you over the top of the cage wall and submerges halfway into the water with the worlds largest reptile – the Saltwater Crocodile. Being only half submerged allows you viewing of the predator from above and under the water. You’ll never be able to get this close anywhere else without ending up as Dinner!
Great white shark cage diving
Cage diving with Great white sharks is definitely on a lot of people’s bucket lists and believe me it does not disappoint. Port Lincoln in South Australia is where the shark cage was invented by Rodney Fox(worth a google) and is one of the best (and safest) places to get amongst it!
The guys at Calypso Star Charters run an amazing day out to the Neptune islands off the coast of Port Lincoln where the cage is lowered of the back of the boat and a large oxygen tank provides air so you can stay under water and few these magnificent creatures!
Check out what happened when the One Stop Adventures crew went Shark Cage Diving below:
White water rafting on the Tully River
The Tully river is only 2 hours south of Cairns with pickups available in Cairns or Mission beach. White water rafting is an epic group activity that involves teamwork and heaps of fun. The Tully River has guaranteed water levels all year round on Grade 3 to 4 rapids and you can opt for the Standard rafting or go all out on the Xtreme Rafting.
Shotover Canyon Swing and Fox
The Shotover Canyon Swing is definitely one of my favourite adrenaline activities and I’m sad the Fox wasn’t up and running when I did it! Based on the Shotover Canyon in Queenstown you’re able to jump off in multiple way for both activities meaning there are all sorts of different adrenaline rush’s that you can get. You can superman off, be thrown off in a chair, hold on as long as you can before dropping from fatigue and if there’s another way you can think of and it’s safe, you can do it!
The staff really make this experience super fun with their wacky antics and the intense rush plus spectacular views make it something special. The Swing allows 60 metres freefall before a 200 metre swing through the canyon while the fox has a 5 metre drop before ziplining(or foxing?) across the canyon.
Checkout Clinton from One Stop Adventures doing the Canyon Swing in the video below:
Set on the Shotover River in Queenstown the Shotover Jet is one hell of a fun Jet Boat Ride. It’s 25 minutes of Adrenaline pumping action where you’ll get up to speeds of 90 kilometres an hour and do 360’s while enjoying the amazing scenery.
Watch Clinton from One Stop Adventures doing the Shotover Jet in the Video Below:
The Kawarau Bungy
The Kawarau Bungy is the world’s very first Bungy jump site. This is where the man A.J Hackett invented this adrenaline pumping activity and at 43 metres it makes a good experience for a beginner or a seasoned jumper!
Watch Clinton from One Stop Adventures doing the Kawarau Bungy in the video below:
The Nevis Bungy and Swing
I can tell you from personal experience that the Nevis Bungy is a pretty daunting experience! At 134 metres, it’s New Zealand’s highest Bungy Jump and it’s setting is intimidating to say the least. It starts off with a Gondola ride out to the platform which is suspended between two cliff faces via cables over the Nevis River. From there you’re strapped in and it’s up to you to muster the courage to jump off, good luck!
The Nevis swing is heaps of fun to do solo or tandem, it’s perched 160 metres above the ground and gets up to 120 kilometres an hour in a 300 metre arc!
Watch Clinton from One Stop Adventures doing the Nevis Bungy and Swing in the below video: