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Get High Holidays NZ style

Helicopter Tour, Mt Cook Bungy Jump, Queenstown Skydiving, Rotorua

Getting high on a holiday is great fun, as long as it’s legal of course. Altitude affects attitude, as the rush of soaring above the earth lifts the spirits and adrenalin levels — get a bird-like peace floating in a balloon or tingle with thrills jumping from the clouds. There’s a holiday to reach the heights of any desire…

There’s an easier way to get on top — just take a helicopter flight around New Zealand’s highest peak, Mt Cook. On this premier flight, you’ll hover above crevasse-filled rivers, see the majesty of Fox and Franz Josef glaciers and land on Mt Cook to step out on the snow. Your mind will also fill with facts about the area commentated by the professional pilot and guide. With Mt Cook’s stunning scenery, there’s no need to end the fun after feet are on terra firma — the beauty continues at the Hermitage Hotel. Explore around the hotel in a World Heritage wilderness area.

Ever looked up to the sky to see a pinpoint of a plane flying over? That could be you, an ever-increasing dot as you plummet to earth in a 200kph skydive near Rotorua. After 60 seconds of freefall, feel the whoosh as your Jumpmaster partner deploys the canopy to float back to earth, and experience the giddy joy of having survived a 9000 ft drop. After your heart gets a thumping good workout, go to the Marama Resort. Get back to earth with an activity such as trout fishing from nearby Ohau Channel or Lake Rotorua.

The early bird catches the worm, although there’s something more enticing: seeing the sun rise over the Canterbury Plains on an early morning hot-air balloon ride from Christchurch. Experience the gentleness of soaring above farmland, and the quietness of the sky, which is sure to get your day off to an optimistic start. Then, you have the entire day to explore Christchurch, or even go back to the LivingSpace hotel, which has plenty to entertain the mind, such as two big screen theatres, a library and reading room to fire the brain cells.

What goes down, must come up — when it comes to bungy jumping anyway. Imagine leaning forward over the edge, your head rushing towards a river 134 metres down in the Nevis Valley, near Queenstown. In the 8.5 seconds of freefall, you’ll have plenty of time to think about how fast your heart is beating, until the cord pulls you back in a bounce. Then it’s up to you, back at the Coronet Peak Hotel. Will you continue with the action at their 10-pin bowling centre, or will you relax and steady your nerves at the spa and sauna?

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