1. Auckland Airport
After a hideously long journey, you’ve finally made it to New Zealand! But now it is time to find your way through the airport. Do I have all the correct paperwork to pass through Immigration and Customs? Where is my luggage? We all over-stress at this point, you are not alone.
2. Bungy jump platform
Invented in New Zealand and marketed to backpackers all over the country, bungy jumping is a must-do. But at the pointjust before jumping, your stomach will be doing backflips and your brain will be screaming: “Why are you doing this?!”
3. Jailhouse Hostel
Converting an old prison into a hostel is a great idea, if not just a bit creepy. Getting other backpackers scared at night in the Jailhouse is all part of the experience! Find the Jailhouse in Christchurch.
4. Kaituna River
This river is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. Hearing the roaring rapids of the waterfall getting menacinglylouder as you approach just makes the anticipation all the more scarier! Check out white water rafting on the Kaituna River here.
5. Backpacker car market
Many backpackers will buy their first car in New Zealand to travel around freely. But buying the first car is always a scary thing. Did you check everything? Will the car last long enough? Check out our car buying guide to make sure that you did not leave anything unchecked.
6. Hanging out of an aeroplane
Another must-do in New Zealand is skydiving. Nothing is scarier thanhanging out of aplane whilesomebody else decideswhen you willfallfrom 15,000ft!
7. Landing in Queenstown airport
Windy andlodged between mountains, Queenstown airport tests pilots’ skills to land smoothly. It’s a thrill in itself to land in New Zealand’s adventure capital!
8. Walking on the edge Sky Tower
If observingthe view from behind a perfectly safe thick glass window inside the Sky Tower was not enough, you can hang off the ledge of theobservation deck. It’s a pretty darn scary place to be on top of the Southern Hemisphere’s highest building! Check out the SkyWalk here.
8. Tombstone Backpackers
Despite the creepy theme, the hostel in Picton is actually welcoming and one of our favourite backpacker accommodations in the country.
9. Shark cage diving
The great white shark is one of the most majestic creaturesin our oceans, but our instincts dictate us to be scared of it. Diving near it, even safely hidden in an unbreakable metal cage, is still scary yet thrilling. Do this in Stewart Island.
10. Auckland Airport (again)
The scariest of all: havingto go home.What will you do with your life, now? What is waiting for you at home? Remember all the life lessons that you can take home with you.