5 must-do activities in New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup

Okay so the action is heating up on the field with the Rugby World Cup. But while you’re waiting for the next game what should you do?

Here’s five must-do activities to keep you occupied:

Totally Tourism – Awesome Foursome Nevis

Step up to the challenge with this incredible array of activities in Queenstown.

The Awesome Foursome includes: the Nevis Highwire Bungy Jump (134m), Jetboat the shotover River Canyons with Shotover Jet, Spectacular helicopter flight over Skippers Canyon, Whitewater rafting down the Shotover River.

Where: From Queenstown, South Island


Adventure Tours 3 Day Bay of Islands

Explore the incredible array of islands that make up the Bay of Islands on New Zealand’s northern tip.

This three day trip from Auckland is the perfect chance to explore the area in between the rugby matches.

You can enjoy swimming, snorkelling, kayaking or fishing while surrounded by marine and bush wildlife.

Where: From Auckland, North Island

Franz Josef Heli Hike

Combine a scenic helicopter flight over the amazing Franz Josef Glacier with a guided walk actually on the ice. You’ll see caves, pinnacles, seracs and other glacier ice formations. The skilful guides will help you explore over two hours amongst the various ice-flow – definitely a trip not to be forgotten.

Where: West Coast, South Island

Tranzalpine Train Adventure

You’ll need 11 days minimum for this ride through New Zealand but it sure is worth it. If you time it right it might allow you to see some of the rugby matches in other cities so check the schedules and your timetable.

The Tranzalpine train is fully operational despite running from earthquake hit Christchurch. It takes in highlights of the north and south islands: Franz Josef, Queenstown, Dunedin, Greymouth, Kaikoura and Picton then up north from Wellington Taupo and Auckland.

Where: Christchurch to Auckland (with stops in between)

Lord of the Rings Trilogy Trail 2 (Air)

Take in sights from the famed movie trilogy by air in this wonderful half day trip.

Locations include the river Anduin, Ford of Bruinen, the Rohan camp at Dunharrow, Lothlorien, the battle of Amon Hen, Fangorn forest and Sarumans Tower at Isengard.

The tour also includes a landing at a major high country film location.

Location: from Queenstown

Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There’ll be an update added every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact me, Jo, at blog@vipbackpackers.com

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