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Water Sports and Wet Adventures in New Zealand

There are plenty of ways to get wet in New Zealand with ample opportunity to enjoy numerous water activities and relaxation. Local tourism operators can provide you with all the safety equipment for water sports and tuition is generally available for beginners. Local Geo-Thermal Oasis (Natural Hot Spring) can make you forget the real world.

A great thing about being on the Pacific Ring of Fire is that there are natural hot springs in New Zealand we can enjoy. The geothermal activity is not so far under our feet in some areas, like Rotorua, where the Earth’s crust gets thinner heating up water near the surface. It is when these hot streams reach cold rivers that the water gets to a nice temperature to bathe in. Another way the natural hot pools are made is by volcanic underground reservoirs heating up water. Many of the lakes in the central North Island area are volcanic crater lakes, while the majority of the lakes near the Southern Alps were carved by glaciers.

In New Zealand there are 3,820 lakes with a surface area larger than one hectare.

Over 180,000 km of rivers have been mapped in New Zealand. The longest river is the Waikato River with a length of 425 km.

Whilst you’re on holiday and the sun is hot, there’s no better time to have fun in the water. So grab your sunscreen, hat and sunnies to enjoy the New Zealand nature safely and get out there!

Abel Tasman Kayaks
273 Sandybay-Marahau Rd, Marahau
Akaroa Adventure Centre
74a Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Adult prices from: $295
Bay of Islands Escape - Auckland Adventures
Paihia Wharf, Paihia
Canoe Safaris
6 Tay Street, Ohakune
Dolphin Encounter
96 Esplanade , Kaikoura
Glacier Sea Kayaking
Mount Cook Village
Go Dive
56 High Street, Picton
Haast River Safari
1 Airport Road, Haast
Paddle Wanaka
Wanaka Lake Front, Wanaka
PS Waimarie
1A Taupo Quay, Wanganui
Adult prices from: $210
Raglan Surf Trip - Auckland Adventures
Raglan, Raglan
Sea Kayak Adventure
Corner of Anakiwa Road and Queen Charlotte Drive, Linkwater
Seal Swim Kaikoura
58 West End (in the main Street) , Kaikoura
Adult prices from: $149
Shotover Jet
3 Arthurs Point Rd, Queenstown
Underworld Adventures
SH6, Charleston
Waiatoto River Safari
1921 Jackson Bay Road, Hannahs Clearing, Haast
Wake Wanaka
Lakeside Road, Wanaka
Te Wharewaka o Poneke Waka Tours
2 Taranaki Street, Wellington
Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari
Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Albatross Encounter
96 Esplanade , Kaikoura
Adult prices from: $95 (Riverhead Kayak)
Auckland Sea Kayaks
1/29 Pentland Ave, Auckland 1024
Chaddy’s Charters
Ocean View Pde , New Plymouth
Cougar Line
London Quay, Picton
Ecoseaker Akaroa - Swim with Dolphins
Daly's Wharf, Akaroa
Gungha II Bay of Islands Sailing
RD1, Kerikeri
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs
Jet Thrills Chirstchurch
5 Main N Road, Kaiapoi, Christchurch
Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company
London Quay, Picton
Million Dollar Cruise
50 Beach Street, Queenstown
Rangitata Rafts
Peel Forest 53 Waikari Road, Rakaia
Taranaki Thermal Spa
8 Bonithon Ave , New Plymouth
Wilderness Tours
Corner London Quay & Wellington Street, Picton
Lido Aquatic Centre
50 Park Rd, Palmerston North
Abel Tasman AquaTaxi
275 Sandy Bay-Marahau Rd, Marahau
Adrift Guided Outdoor Adventures
53 Carroll St, Tongariro National Park
Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises
Akaroa Harbour Wharf, Akaroa
Akaroa Sailing Cruises
Main Wharf, Beach Road, Akaroa
Alpine Jet
27 Bronwyn Street, 8052, Christchurch
Black Cat Cruises
Akaroa Main Wharf, Akaroa, 7520, Akaroa
Coast up Close Scenic & Wildlife Cruises
74a Rue Lavaud, Main Wharf Akaroa, Akaroa
Dolphin Watch Nature Tours
1 Wellington St, Picton
Dudley Park Aquatic Centre
215 High Street, Rangiora
Eco Rafting Adventures
Fitzherbert Street, Hokitika
Fish Kaikoura
3 Mill Road, Kaikoura
Hanmer Springs Attractions
Waiau Ferry Bridge, Hanmer Springs
Marlborough Tour Company
Grovetown Park, State Highway 1, Blenheim
New Zealand Discovery Adventures
8 Whall Street, Greymouth
Okarito Kiwi Tours
53 The Strand, Okarito
Okarito Nature Tours
1 The Strand, Okarito
Rere Rockslide
Wharekopae Rd, Gisbourne
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Abel Tasman, Marahau
Akaroa Jet
61B Beach Road, Akaroa
Beachcomber Cruises
Corner of London Quay and Wellington Street, Picton
Adult prices from: $0
Bottom Bus Tours
2 Buller Street, Dunedin
Charter Link
Waikawa Marina, Picton
EA Networks Centre
22 JB Cullen Drive, Ashburton Business Estate, Ashburton
Fox II Sailing Adventures Wildlife Cruise & Sailing
2 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa
Garden City Helicopters
73 Grays Road, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch
Glacier Country Kayaks
64 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre
20 Conical Hill Road , Hanmer Springs
Kaikoura Kayaks
19 Killarney street, Kaikoura
Lake Mapourika
Lake Mapourika, 7886, Waiho
Adult prices from: $14
Miaranda Hot Springs
Front Miranda Road, Miranda, Thames
Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
20 Fryatt Street, Dunedin
Okarito Trig & 3 Mile Lagoon
8 Russel Street, Okarito
Potahu Penguins / Pohatu Sea Kayaking
2/8 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa
Adult prices from: $275
Rotorua, Taupo & Waimoto Caves Adventure - Auckland Adventures
Rotorua Geysirs, Rotorua
St James Journeys
St James Valley, St James Valley
Tekapo Springs
6 Lakeside Dr, Lake Tekapo
Vendi's test operator
19 Killarney street, Kaikoura
Whale Watch Kaikoura
The Whaleway Station Whaleway Road, Kaikoura
White Heron Sanctuary Tours
Sh 6, Whataroa
Akaroa Dolphins
65 Beach Road (waterfront), Akaroa
Awesome Tours NZ
26 Princes Street, Dunedin
Beautiful Catlins Tours and Adventures
348 Catlins Valley Road RD 2, Owaka
Adult prices from: $28
Christchurch Punting on the Avon
2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Central, Christchurch
Gillespies & Galway Beach
Galway Beach, Fox Glacier
Glacier Hot Pools
Cron Street, Franz Joseph Glacier
Aotea Quay , Wellington
Adult prices from: $120
Kaikoura Marine Tours - Eco Tour
24 Moa Road, South Bay, Kaikoura
Myths & Legends Eco Tours
316 Waikawa Road, Waikawa
Otago Rail Trail Planner Ltd.
47 Browns Road, Middlemarch
Split Apple Rock
Moonraker Way, Kaiteriteri
Tour South Fully Escorted Tours
5b Hibiscus Place, Christchurch
Captain Hector's
65 Beach Road, Akaroa
Hot Water Beach - The Coromandel
Ocean Beach Road, Hot Water Beach
Small-Group Seal Colony and Wellington City Tour
Wellington Port, Wellington
Corsair Bay
Corsair Bay, Christchurch
Indulge Body & Soul - Award Winning Day Spa
157 Beach Road, Kaikoura
Luxury Rail Trail Tours
1 Aberafon Street, Middlemarch
New Brighton Pier
Brighton Mall, Christchurch
Saltwater Bath - Motueka
North Street, Motueka
Sumner Beach
Sumner Beach, Christchurch
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park
Catlins Wildlife Trackers Ecotours and Walks
Catlins Mohua Park, 744 Catlins Valley Road, RD 2, Owaka
High Country Salmon
2602 Twizel-Omarama Road, Twizel
Kaikoura Marine Centre & Aquarium
Wakatu Quay, Kaikoura
Adult prices from: $10 (May - September)
Rapaura Watergardens
586 Tapu-Coroglen Road, RD5, Thames
Adult prices from: $40
The Lost Spring
121A Cook Drive, Coromandel Peninsula, Whitianga
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