Take to the skies
If the thought of flinging yourself out a plane and tumbling thousands of feet to the ground doesn’t scare the living daylights out of you, go ahead and skydive. But really, it isn’t as terrifying as it sounds. Once you muster the courage to take that first step, the rest is as easy as, well, falling. You’ll be parachuting over scenic landscapes like Mount Aspiring, the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu, with a bird’s-eye view so beautiful you’d be hard-pressed to find it elsewhere.
Just book ahead with operators like Nzone Skydive (www.nzoneskydive.co.nz) and Skydive Paradise (www.skydiveparadise.co.nz). For something relatively tamer, try Gforce Paragliding (www.nzgforce.com), which launches tandem flights off the top of Queenstown’s Skyline Gondola. This is one jump you won’t regret.