New Zealand’s Aquatic Paradises
by Cathy (Awesome Escape Blogger)
Nov 19, 2015

How About Taking on the Torrent River?

This is a secret gem as visitors to Abel Tasman rarely get the chance to explore this untouched river system. Where you’ll discover shining seas, gentle beaches, and the thriving coastal forest. Loaded with dense vegetation and wildlife. Make a point of enjoying a journey down the granite-based Torrent River canyon while swimming, kayaking, sliding, and leaping into the magnificent sparkly pools. You get to choose how adventurous you’d like to be. Guaranteed to make memories that last a lifetime.

Kaikoura – Seal Country

You may have heard of Kaikoura for spectacular whale watching. It’s also one of the top destinations for getting up close and personal and swimming with New Zealand fur seals. Watching the graceful pups dip and dive truly is amazing. You can take a two-hour guided snorkeling tour actually to come face to face with these cute creatures of the sea. An opportunity that for many just comes once in a lifetime. Voted one of the best marine encounters in numerous publications every year, Kaikoura is something you just don’t want to miss.

Akaroa is All About the Dolphins

If you loved watching Flipper as a child, Akaroa is the place you want to visit actually to swim with the dolphins. Not Flipper exactly but pretty close. In this town, you’ll discover an extinct volcano, a beautiful harbor, and a peninsula loaded with some of the rarest dolphins in the world. You’ve never really been swimming with dolphins until you’ve been here. Promise you’ll love it.

Paparoa National Park – Underworld Rafting

At Paparoa National Park, you’ll experience a fantastic 4 hour Black Water Rafting adventure. Where you are fitted with a wetsuit head to toe, safety helmet, and gloves, and a courtesy coach transports you to through the ancient rainforest and ginormous limestone cliffs of the Nile River Canyon. After a swift climb, you’ll enter the Nile River Cave System where you get to wander through stalactites in the dry high levels of the cave. In the lower levels of the cave, you can float in your tube and watch the natural cavern light show. You’ll then emerge from the cave in the calm and tranquil untouched world of the low-grade bubbling river rapids of the Nile.

Queenstown Water Sports

Queenstown Water Sports operates a wide and wonderful range of refreshing water activities on Lake Wakatipu, which is just off Queenstown Beach. Paddle boats and aqua bikes are excellent for people of all ages, particularly if you love the water but prefer to stay dry. There are sea kayaking tours for visitors that might be a little more adventurous; all skill levels available. Half-day and full-day trips are available with or without guides. Don’t forget about the paddle boarding, which is currently the fastest growing sport in the world. Loads of fun for everyone with Queenstown Water Sports.

The Kaituna - Rafting Adventure

Rotorua, New Zealand, is where you’ll find the adventurous Kaituna River, one of the most popular whitewater river runs in the country. It’s recognized as the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. An explosive adrenaline rush is up for grabs with an exhilarating 7-meter drop of thunderous whitewater, a spectacular experience you’ll only find in New Zealand. Unique in nature this waterfall is classified grade 5 because of the awesome 7-meter drop, but anyone that’s comfortable in the water can experience the thrill. Keep in mind there are lots of different rapids in the area, just in case you decide to extend your rafting adventures for a week or two. Now that would be awesome.

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