Auckland Vacation | 5 Things You Must Do When Visiting Auckland

An Auckland vacation may be just what you’re looking for. Known as the “City of Sails,” Auckland is the center for New Zealand activities and excitement. Not to mention, a great place to start. The people here are a mix of Polynesian, Asian, and European — all known for their friendly disposition and love for the outdoors. 

The Auckland metropolitan area, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country. It has 1,377,200 residents, which is 31 percent of the country’s population.

Auckland has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. In Maori Auckland’s names are Tmaki Makaurau, and the transliterated version of Auckland, Karana.

Auckland is home to some of the best action sports and adrenaline pumping activities that can be found the world over. It just depends on how far you want to push your limits.

Here are the best 5 adrenaline pumping activities which can be enjoyed in Auckland. From jet boat rides to bungy jumping there is sure to be at least one thing on our list you won’t want to miss:

Auckland bridge bungy

It’s really true that you can’t go to New Zealand without enjoying a good bungy jumping session. The world’s first harbour bridge bungy jump is located in Auckland and still operated by the original people that began the jump off the bridge.

This unforgettable 40-minute experience involves jumping from the purpose-built jump pod suspended over the sparkling Waitemata Harbour. As part of the Bungy, you’ll enjoy an exclusive bridge walk to the “Bungy Pod”.

Ever since AJ Hackett opened the first commercial bungee jumping centre in New Zealand, Auckland has become home to the worlds first Harbour bridge Bungy Jump.

As part of the Bungy experience you’ll enjoy an exclusive bridge walk out to the specially-constructed and sensationally-suspended retro “Bungy Pod”. It’s here you’ll build up the courage to leap out over the Waitamata Harbour.

Jumpers are able to leap over the Waitemata Harbour enjoying the adrenaline pumping action that bungy jumping has to offer.

Amazing. This was my first jump and I had a blast. I would recommend getting the pictures they put together. It may be a bit pricy but totally worth the memory. It was an undesirable feeling falling off of a bridge but you will not regret it when it is over. touching the water was intense as well……Adam P.

XFLIGHT high speed and acrobatic flights

Imagine somersaulting through the air or travelling at 400 kilometres per hour to experience Auckland from the sky. The XFlight high speed aircraft offers customers a tour personalised to them.

For those who like things a little calmer, the flight can be a peaceful trip with an amazing view. For those who like some heart stopping action, brace yourself for an acrobatic flight of your life!

Your experience begins with a short safety briefing about your flight and the surrounding facilities. Then you’re strapped into the aircraft and take off to start soaring through the skies!

Experience aerobatics, loops, rolls, and dives at over 3,000ft, similar to those performed in the old bi-planes of yesteryear with a modern high speed twist.


The Sky Tower in Auckland is the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. One of the best activities for thrill seekers visiting the region is to take the ‘SkyJump.’ This is best described as taking a base jump while being attached to a wire.

For around 11 seconds you will fall at a rate of 85kph before coming to a smooth landing. A great adrenaline pumping activity that’s not to be missed.

Breathtaking…amazing…fantastic..all these words pale when you reach the sky tower observatory and check out the view. A must visit on a beautiful and sunny day in Auckland. Go For It……Ulysseus, Delhi.

Jet Boat Tour

A jet boat tour on Auckland’s harbour is a great way to take in the sights whilst getting the heart pumping. Imagine racing from the waterfront at incredible speeds, enjoying spins and tricks on an adventure tour that’s not for the faint hearted. Great for young and old, it sure beats your typical boat harbour tour.

Jet boating is synonymous with New Zealand, a must-do experience for thrill seeking tourists and locals, combining adrenaline inducing high speed manoeuvres on Auckland’s one-of-a-kind harbour. Sweeping fishtails, spins and power brakes make the experience a fast and fun adventure for the thrill-seeking of any age.

This ride is awesome, you have to do it – and it’s not just for the young it’s for the young at heart. Funny and friendly staff give full safety briefings beforehand and make sure everyone has a life jacket……Maggip, Manchester.

Whale and Dolphin Safari

There are 22 species of dolphins and whales found in the Hauraki Gulf, making it one of the world’s richest habitats for marine mammals.

The safari that you can take from the harbour has a 90% dolphin sighting rate and a 75% whale sighting rate all year round.

Experience the thrill of seeing these amazing creatures in their natural surrounds. With such a high sighting rate, you are sure to at least witness some breathtaking sites from the safari boat.

Whether you are considering taking one of the famous rides on a jet boat NZ has to offer on the beautiful harbour, or if you are considering the best place to bungy jump from when arriving in Auckland, I hope we’ve given you some great activity ideas you can enjoy to ensure your trip to Auckland is not only unforgettable but heart stopping all at the same time.

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