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Unusual Tourism Activities in New Zealand

New Zealand is home to some unusual tourism activities and is often described as one of the most unique places to travel in the world! Our diverse landscape allows travellers to explore places that are one of a kind. You could start your day at the beach, drive for less than an hour and spend your afternoon soaking in a geothermal hot pool, and we think that is pretty awesome! Not only is New Zealand a great place to visit, it is also an amazing place to live and we are lucky to call this beautiful country home.

Quirky tourism activities in the North Island

There are plenty of quirky and unique tourism activities in the North Island. If you’re the adventurous type one of New Zealand’s best one day hikes is the Tongariro Crossing. This 19.4km hike is not for the faint hearted, however you will be rewarded with a picturesque landscape of craters, active volcanoes, volcanic rock and a beautiful contrast of blue and emerald coloured lakes.

Known for its extensive underground caves and glow worms, Waitomo is a small village situated in the North Island. Thrill seekers can try their hand at Black Water Rafting or for the less extreme there are dry trip options for the more passive individuals.

We also love our giant town icons in the North Island. Whether it’s the corrugated iron sheep and dog in Tirau or the iconic giant L&P bottle in Paeroa. You are almost guaranteed to see a kiwi icon on your travels through the North Island.

Quirky tourism activities in the South Island

Quirky tourism activities aren’t just reserved for the North Island. There are plenty of Unusual Tourism attractions and activities down south as well!

If you’re heading between Queenstown and Wanaka, you will come across the Cardrona Bra fence. This quirky attraction began in 1996 when four bras mysteriously appeared on the fence overnight. The fence was then rebranded to “Bradrona” in 2015 and since then has raised over $30,000 for Breast Cancer New Zealand.

Another quirky Queenstown based activity is the Hydro Attack Shark ride. This activity has to be seen to be believed! Jump into a semi-submersible shark boat with a skilled pilot and skim across Lake Wakatipu before diving headfirst underwater and then blast into the air. This is definitely one for the thrill seekers!

The Ultimate Kiwi selfie

For travellers, New Zealand is pretty much selfie heaven. And let’s be honest, everyone wants that perfect shot for the gram. We’ve put together our two top locations for the ultimate kiwi selfie!

With spectacular views over Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island the top of the MEGA track at ZORB is a great place to snap a selfie before plummeting down the 300m long track.

There are plenty of selfie options with our friends at Hobbiton. Snap a pic in front of the many Hobbit holes or enjoying a brew at the Green Dragon Inn. If you’re selfies aren’t quite up to scratch or your mates suck at getting your perfect angles, the friendly guides are also more than happy to take pictures for you! Check out this pic of our crew on their visit to Hobbiton last month!

October 15, 2019


Passing the phone ZORB edition 🤪🥸💚 #zorbrotorua #rotoruanz #nzmustdo #purenz #thingstodorotorua
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Don’t let the forecast this weekend give you the rainy day blues. We are definitely open in the rain! Plot twist, some say it’s better when it’s wetter ☔️😉💚 #zorbrotorua #rotoruanz #nzmustdo #purenz #rain #weather
Summer fun, ZORB styles 😎☀️ #zorbrotorua #rotoruanz #purenz #nzmustdo
Sunshine and smiles on the agenda today ☀️💚 #zorbrotorua #rotoruanz #nzmustdo #purenz #summer #fun #smiles
Introducing ZORB Sunset Sessions! Here for a good time not a long time we’ve extended our opening hours for the last two Fridays January! Along with ZORB ride goodness we also have our mates @tino_kai_catering serving up their delicious real fruit ice cream and live music all night long! Link in bio to book tickets 💚🍦🎶 #zorbrotorua #rotoruanz #purenz #nzmustdo #sunset
And that’s a wrap on our Annual Rotorua Locals Day! Despite the weather we were all smiles after a busy and fulfilling day raising around 1000 cans for the Rotorua Salvation Army Christmas appeal! Thanks so much to everyone who donated and came along! 🥫🔥🙌💚 #zorbrotorua #salvationarmy #nzmustdo #rotoruanz
Back again on Sunday the 11th of December 2022 and proudly supporting the Rotorua Salvation Army is our annual Rotorua locals day where individuals can exchange cans of food for ZORB rides! 

🥫Individuals need to pre-book a time slot, you can book online via the link in our bio
🥫Limit two rides per person 
🥫Bring along proof of Rotorua residency 
🥫Health and safety restrictions apply
🥫Not available in conjunction with any other offfer or deal

For more information check out the link in our bio!
The people have spoken and last night we came out on top! We were awarded the prestigious NZME Peoples Choice Award at the @tompkins_wake Rotorua Business Awards! A big thank you everyone that voted for us, ya’ll are the bees knees! 🏆🥇🙌💚
When the B team misses the photoshoot… 🤪🏉🏆 #zorbrotorua #rotoruanz #developmentsquad #supersubs #benchwarmers #nzmustdo #ifyouseeknz #womensrugbyworldcup