Calling All Adrenaline Junkies: New Zealand Adventure Tour

by isvolunteers on Thursday, 26 February 2015

queenstown new zealand

The Remarkable Mountains and Queenstown, New Zealand (c) ISV

When you think of New Zealand, you might think of majestic scenery and Lord of the Rings “Middle Earth,” but we’re also quite inventive and love an adrenaline rush or two. On the ISV New Zealand adventure tour you have the opportunity to try your hand at some of the craziest activities available in the world and many were invented right here in New Zealand.



Hold on tight and feel the adrenaline flow during the ultimate Jet Boating experience (c) Shotover Jet

Did you know that New Zealander Bill Hamilton invented the modern jet boat?  Since the 1950s jet boating has revolutionized the recreational lives of many people worldwide and has become a hugely popular activity in New Zealand.  ISV uses Shotover Jet in Queenstown as their operator where they will not only take you screaming through a stunning canyon at speeds of up to 85 kph (53 mph) but at times through water as shallow as 10cm (4in) deep!  This activity is part of the ISV optional activity package

skydive new zealand

You can skydive almost anywhere in the world, but if you want the highest, look no further than Franz Josef in NZ! (c) Skydive Franz


On the ISV New Zealand adventure tour you will have the opportunity to do the worlds highest tandem skydive at 19,000ft!  We do this activity through Skydive Franz and this is one of the most scenic skydives in the world, don’t forget to open your eyes and look around.  While you fall at up to 193 kph (120 mph) you will have views of the towering Southern Alps, scenic coast line of the Tasman Sea and the famous Franz Josef glacier slowly creeping its way from mountain tops to the forest floor. “This popular activity is an additional optional free time activity (not part of the ISV Included or ISV Optional Activity Package activities).”

bungy jumping new zealand

You can bungy around the world but this is where commercial jumps all started…. (c) AJ Hackett

Bungy Jumping

An activity that was invented by two “crazy kiwis” called AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch inspired by the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club and the traditions of tribes in Vanuatu.  The first ever commercial bungy jump was at the historic Kawarau Bridge just outside Queenstown and people are still jumping from this site today.

On the ISV New Zealand adventure tour you will learn about the history of bungy and watch as people jump at the Kawarau Bridge jump site, and if you are feeling adventurous you can book your own bungy experience; most participants do! “This popular activity is an additional optional free time activity (not part of the ISV Included or ISV Optional Activity Package activities).”



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Imagine yourself rolling downhill fast inside a big inflatable ball (c) O-Go

Have you ever rolled down a hill in a giant rubber ball?  No? Well here’s your chance!  Another “kiwi” invention in 1994 Andrew Akers and Dwane van der Sluis invented a big inflatable ball that people could jump inside and roll around in. Initially they thought they could use the ball for walking on water but they soon found they could have more fun rolling down hills in it and this was the birth of Zorb.  However, Andrew sold the company and restarted O-Go where you and a couple of friends can jump in a giant ball with a little warm water and the fun begins while you roll down a hill.  It is the most fun you will have in the shortest amount of time possible! This activity is part of the ISV optional activity package

White Water Rafting

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Rafting the Kaituna River involves going over the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the word! (c) Kaituna Cascades

While this activity was not invented in New Zealand – we have taken this extreme sport and run with it.  On the ISV New Zealand adventure tour we include white water rafting on the Kaituna River just on the outskirts of Rotorua.  The operator we use (Kaituna Cascades) was the first commercial company to raft on the Kaituna River and what makes the Kaituna River special is that you get to raft down the highest commercially raftable waterfall in the world!  At 7m (23ft) high going over the edge is like no other feeling.  This is an ISV included activity!

If you are interested in signing up for the ISV New Zealand program you can contact us at!

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