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Family adventures in Queenstown

 At Adventure Junkies we have combined the super fun thrills and spills activity of Jet Boating with some other fantastic experiences for some really great one day family adventures.  

For example, we head to the beautiful township of Glenorchy which is located approximately 45 minutes away from Queenstown at the head of Lake Wakatipu, and into the ancient Beech forests for an incredible ziplining experience on our Paradise Adventure trip. 

Another one day package sees us head to Cromwell and take an unforgettable helicopter flight high up into the mountains of Central Otago where we land in the Alpine environment for truly stunning views of the region in our Scenic Heli Gold, and for those who like to get out on their bikes and enjoy a pedal, our QT Explorer provides the opportunity to explore the stunning lakeside trails that crisscross sparkling rivers offering spectacular views for pedalers of all experiences.

For those who have a little more time available and want to maximise their visit to Queenstown, we have developed our amazing 3 Day QT Must Do tour.  This highlights trip is loaded with great adventures and visits the very best locations of Queenstown and the surrounding areas including Glenorchy, the Paradise Valley, Walter Peak high country station, Arrowtown, Coronet Peak, Gibbston Valley and Cromwell.

All Adventure Junkies tours include lunch, a dedicated, friendly and professional guide and private transport.  Our multi-day tours also include modern, centrally located apartment accommodation in Queenstown plus breakfasts and airport transfers if required.
These family packages operate on demand, can also be easily customised for different sized families and child ages, and can also accommodate multiple families travelling together.
Please contact us for with your requirements for a customised quote.

Heli Family

 Awesome family helicopter adventures!

Canyoning - so what's it all about?

In a nutshell, canyoning is the sport or pursuit of navigating and descending through water-filled canyons by using a series of outdoor activities such as scrambling, jumping, abseiling, sliding over waterfalls, swimming and by the use of ziplines....yes it's heaps of fun with plenty of adrenalin!!. 

Mountainous countries like New Zealand often have endless opportunities for canyoning, with our rugged and wild terrain providing stunning narrow gorges and canyons that are home to numerous drops, sparkling rock pools and thundering waterfalls.  Canyoning can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels as experiences can range from being very easy and approachable at one end of the scale, to being extremely difficult and requiring expert technical skills, equipment and knowledge to have fun and remain safe at the other.

At Adventure Junkies we have experienced many incredible canyoning adventures with our clients in numerous canyons throughout the South Island and we include some of our favourite spots as a standard activity inclusion on our tours.  Every canyon descent is unique and largely determined by its own natural features, for example, some are made up of mostly abseiling routes whereas others feature mostly rock jumps,scrambles and slides to navigate the way through.  We, however have chosen canyons that feature incredible natural beauty, that are adventurous in nature, but importantly incorporate all of the great components of canyoning such as abseiling, rock jumps, sliding over waterfalls and ziplines as this variety is what we love about the sport.

In Queenstown, we are very lucky to have an awesome canyon located at Twelve Mile Delta.  Not only is it a short 10-minute drive from the town centre, but it also requires just a short 10 minute walk in the forest to the canyon entrance making it perfect for a half day canyoning adventure.  This canyon is suitable for all abilities and also a great option for families. QT Canyon 1Canyoning Queenstown
It's a really fun trip in a stunningly beautiful environment, perfect for a first canyoning experience that allows you to challenge yourself and get a taste of what canyoning is all about without being too intimidated.  No previous experience is required, and although you don't need to know how to swim, you should definitely be confident in the water.
You can also choose the level of challenge you want throughout your trip as the guides can provide alternative routes and will instruct you through every twist, turn and drop!  

This great canyoning experience is included as standard in both our 3 Day QT Adventure trip and our 3 Day QT Adrenalin trip which are adventure and adrenalin loaded three-day tours set in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.   
These trips provide a thrilling long weekend and are popular with groups of adventure-hungry travellers who are a visiting for a short break to do it all and blow off some steam, as well as sports teams, student groups and families who are short on time but keen to do it all.

Our QT Adventure and QT Adrenalin tours run for a minimum of 4 people, have published departure dates and can run on demand to cater for groups travelling plans.  We can also tailor make your short adventure stay in Queenstown so don't hesitate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can help you plan your perfect visit to Queenstown.

Canyoning New Zealand JumpTorrent River, Abel Tasman NP



Another amazing canyoning trip that we include as standard is located in the ever so impressive and beautiful Abel Tasman National Park located at the top of the South Island.  The Torrent River canyoning features in our 10 Day NZ Explorer tour and is most definitely a major highlight of the tour.
This full-day trip begins with an exhilarating water taxi ride through the stunning Abel Tasman National Park to Anchorage beach, and from here we leave
the golden sand beaches of the coast for a stunning 1.5 hour walk up into the forested Abel Tasman National Park to reach the access point of this
awesome remote canyon. 

The Torrent River includes some amazing rock jumps plus epic slides over waterfalls, abseiling, scrambling, floating and ziplining through the canyon over approximately 3.5 hours.  The trip finishes with a royal slide into Cleopatras Pool…and from the pool it is a 30 minute stroll along the river and beach back
to Anchorage where the water taxi awaits to return us back across the crystal clear waters of Abel Tasman National Park. 
This canyon is a real favourite of ours as it is simply loaded with adventure and offers real exhilaration in a sublime environment.  When you combine this with the hike in the National Park and the return water taxis it's just an unbeatable day!

Routeburn CanyoningRouteburn Canyoning

 

Canyoning is also a firm favourite as an add-on activity for our clients when it is not part of the standard itinerary such as our 10 Day NZ Adrenalin tour and
our 10 Day NZ Adventure Tour.  Both of these trips allow for some free time in the Queenstown area which means that we can also make a visit the world famous Routeburn Valley in Mount Aspiring National Park for another truly incredible canyoning experience.

This National Park forms part of Te Wahipounamu which is internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the sole reason many people travel to New Zealand, often specifically to visit this incredible valley and hike the Routeburn track.  

This part of the world is revered and protected as it contains rocks, plants and animals which take us back 80 million years to a time when New Zealand was part of the ancient super continent Gondwana. It also has spectacular ice-carved fiords, lakes and valleys amongst the finest examples of glaciated landforms in the Southern Hemisphere and is home to many rare plants and animals including the Kea alpine parrot.
It is, therefore, no surprise that the Routeburn Canyoning trip in our opinion provides unparalleled natural beauty, this area really is something very special.

It's not just the scenery that will wow you here (and it really will, believe us) the nature of the Canyoning also steps up from that of the local Queenstown Canyon at Twelve Mile as it provides a more challenging experience with higher rock jumps and abseils in a more technical canyon environment.  To get the most out of this trip you'll have a strong level of fitness, good water confidence and a keen sense of adventure!

If you are someone who loves the idea of sliding down chutes and over waterfalls, rock jumping into pools of pristine alpine water, abseiling through thundering torrents, ziplining across chasms and plunging into crystal clear pools with a big grin on your face then canyoning is definitely for you!

Let us know your level of adventure and we'll help you get into some of the very best canyons that New Zealand has to offer this summer.

 

 

 

Coming to NZ? How's your Kiwi?

Your flights are booked, you've locked in your trip to New Zealand, re-checked the gear list, sorted your travel insurance and prepped for an amazing tour with adventure at every turn. Done, get ready NZ I'm coming!!
Well in truth you are pretty well set and good to go, however before you leave.... how is your Kiwi?


Although English is the dominant language in New Zealand, Maori is the official spoken language and many of its traditional words are used throughout New Zealand English as well as plenty of slang terms too.  To help you fit in like a local during your time here in NZ, here are some local kiwisms you might want to familiarise yourself with.........

  1. Sweet As - Awesome/Cool
  2. Aotearoa - New Zealand (Literally means long white cloud)
  3. Kia Ora - Hello/Good health
  4. Dairy - Corner shop/Convenience store
  5. Jandals - Flip Flops/Thongs
  6. Hangi - Traditional style of Maori cooking
  7. Bro - Brother or good friend
  8. Choice - Very good
  9. Whanau - Family
  10. Kai - Food
  11. GC - Good Chap. (Chap is often replaced with another four letter word beginning with C!)
  12. Hard Case - Funny Person
  13. Tramping - Hiking
  14. The Boonies - Middle of nowhere
  15. Iwi - Tribe
  16. Puku - Stomach/Belly
  17. Pounamu - Greenstone
  18. Pakeha - New Zealander of non-Maori descent
  19. Tinny/Tin Arse - Lucky
  20. Rattle your dags - Hurry up

Alright, now you're good to go..............oh wait did we mention the accent?

Travelling to "The best country in the world".

 
Winning the "Best Country" category in the esteemed Telegraph Travel Awards in the UK is no mean feat.......So for New Zealand to have won it consecutively for the last four years is simply incredible.
What then is it that makes travelling in New Zealand so amazing for our visitors?

Well there are of course many reasons such as the rich culture, unique wildlife, endless adventures and the local friendliness found on our shores, however unsurprisingly the #1 reason for the votes is our country's natural beauty. To quote the Telegraph "The Landscapes make you want to applaud"!! Enough said.

 

When you're on tour with Adventure Junkies you'll experience not only the very best adventures on offer, but also the stunning South Island locations that have made travel here a must do.  Here are just a few awesome places that we visit on tour........

 

AJ Hackett Ledge Bungy

Queenstown
The Adventure Capital of the World and home to Adventure Junkies. Our slice of paradise is a major destination and is included on all of our tours with a minimum two nights stay.
Not only is this a dream destination for adventure seekers and
adrenalin nuts due to the insane amount of cool and crazy things to do here such as the AJ Hackett Ledge bungy, but it's also an absolutely stunning alpine town set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges such as the aptly named "Remarkables".  If you could only visit one more place in your life then it would have to be Queenstown!

 

Milford SoundMilford Sound
Often referred to as the jewel in the crown of New Zealand tourism, Milford Sound is truly awe-inspiring and was described as the eighth wonder of the world by Rudyard Kipling.
This pristine sheltered fiord is located in Fiordland National Park and is dominated by steep cliffs and rainforest with Mitre Peak taking centre stage at a proud 1,692 metres above sea level.
It's also home to giant thundering waterfalls and bountiful with marine life, and a kayaking trip here with Adventure Junkies often leads to encounters with dolphins, seals and penguins.

Lake Tekapo and Lake PukakiLake Pukaki
These two incredible glacial lakes are found in the Mackenzie Basin close to New Zealand's tallest mountain Aoraki Mt Cook (3,724m).
Both of these destinations offer jaw dropping, picture perfect scenery and offer some of the most beautiful blue and turquoise waters you'll ever see in your life.
These super accessible locations are a real highlight on both our 10 day NZ Adrenalin and NZ Adventure tours.  Prepare to be wowed!

 

Rob Roy GlacierRob Roy Glacier
When you get off the beaten track you can be rewarded with experiences that many other travellers miss, and by jumping on tour with Adventure Junkies not only will you not miss a thing but you'll instead find yourself at staggeringly beautiful places like the Rob Roy Glacier pictured here in Mt Aspiring National Park.
This 6 hour round trip from Wanaka see us don our hiking boots, cross the pounding Matukituki river and make our way up through the Rob Roy valley's ancient native Beech forest and to truly rewarding views of  the hanging glacier and it's many waterfalls.
This is one of our favourite one day walks in New Zealand and an absolute must do for any adventurer in the Lake Wanaka region.

Join us this summer and let us show you these and other great locations whilst on tour.......we have so many amazing places to show you and would rather do it in person together.

5 things you need to know when coming to NZ!

  1. Slip, Slop, Slap! - In New Zealand we are lucky to have very clear skies and little pollution......YES! Awesome indeed, however this does help contribute to New Zealand having some of the strongest levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation around. This means you are likely to start to burn within 15 minutes of being in the strong New Zealand sun. OH NO!

    Be sure to bring some high factor sun cream (SPF 30+) to use when you're here on tour with Adventure Junkies. We are of course out and about in the great outdoors heaps on tour so remember to slip on a shirt, slop on the 30+, slap on a hat and don't forget your sunnies!

  2. Don't get fruity! - Because New Zealand relies heavily on its worldwide trade in agricultural products, we have very strict bio security regulations and there are severe penalties for anyone who breaks the rules. Declare any food items to be on the safe side, and be sure to check your carry on for rogue apples and oranges....that piece of fruit will cost you $400!

  3. Soil....the four letter word - OK so we're all clear on declaring any food items, but just to underline how strict the NZ border is, you'll also need to declare your hiking/tramping boots when you come through too. That's right, to further protect our primary industries your boots will be checked on entry by border officials.

    As long as the soles are clean of soil and dirt (give them a good scrub before your pack) you'll sail straight on through and there will be no delay for you. If there is anything that the is deemed to be an issue then the officers for the Ministry of Primary Industries will clean the soles of your boots for you on entry. Although there is usually no cost for this, it is not an advertised service and fees may apply. So get your scrub on!

  4. Going bush - We are extremely fortunate in NZ to have a great outdoors that is truly magnificent and inspiring; an amazing country for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. With jaw dropping scenery, rich history and an abundance of native bird and plant species only found in our little corner of the world it's hard to think that anything could take the shine off right? Well be forewarned, all over this beautiful country in the NZ bush you'll find Namu, or Sandflies......... or more to the point, they'll find you! Sandflies are not dangerous and do not spread disease, however they are found in numbers and have a favourite past time of biting people. Their bites are extremely itchy and often leave large, red itchy bumps so prevention is key.

    A proven brand in our experience is Bushman's which is loaded with DEET (80%) and is a huge help in staying bite free. There are many natural chemical free products on the market such as Goodbye Sandfly which we have also heard great feedback about. Wearing light coloured clothing seems to be a good natural deterrent, and avoid sweet scents too!

  5. Pack Smart - New Zealand is a hugely diverse country with a very changeable climate year round.......yes that means during summer too! Be sure to pack plenty of layers (including a natural fibre base layer), a good rain jacket and something windproof as part of your essentials a long with some sturdy footwear suitable for hiking and mountain biking. Touring with Adventure Junkies means you really do get out there. You'll explore world heritage National Parks, remote glacial valleys, sea kayak in Fiordland, one of the most beautiful & wettest places in the world plus get high into the back country to elevations of up to 2000m.

    Be prepared for hot and cold touring temperatures, and remember that you'll be able to re-cycle your clothing throughout the trip at your accommodation.

    NZ is super laid back too, so you really can pack for function over fashion!

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