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Outdoor adventures for couples, NZ

Best outdoor adventures for couples

Love the outdoors, want to discover more with your loved one this weekend? The South Island is the perfect place for thrill seekers and explorers, Valentines Day doesn’t mean splashing money wining and dining at a fancy restaurant. Step away from the crowd and discover more, enjoy what this beautiful country has to offer.

Here are a few Ideas for Queenstown/Wanaka and Te Anau:

Ben Lomond Horse Treks, Queenstown

What’s more romantic that feeling the freedom and exhilaration by horseback. Just like in all the movies- be swept of your feet by your knight in shining armour as friendly, knowledgeable guides take you through some of NZ's most spectacular scenery on horseback.

Ben Lomand Horse treks, Queenstown, Outside Sports NZ

Watersports, Queenstown

Don’t want to venture to far for some summer fun....head to Queenstown’s main beach. Enjoy the stunning Lake Wakatipu on a wide range of water gear ideal for a romantic couple’s activity including Peddle Boats, 3-Wheel Aqua Bikes, and double kayaks.

Watersports Queenstown, Outside Sports NZ

Rippled Earth Kayaking, Glenorcy

Adventure across one of New Zealand's most scenic mountain lakes within the Southern Alps by Kayak, you can’t get closer than a double kayak with beautiful surroundings at the head of Lake Wakatipu.

 Rippled Earth Kayaking, Outside Sports NZ

The Original Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jump in Queenstown

For the ultimate thrill seeking couple, take a tandem Bungy jump on Queenstown’s original Bungy Jump and go from nervous to completely elated in five seconds.

Kawarau Bridge Tandem Bungy, Outside Sports NZ

Queenstown Shotover River Helicopter Ride and White Water Rafting, Queenstown.

Almost a Bear Grylls adventure, take a helicopter to the river where you will raft down the exhilarating white waters. Another couple thrill seeking adventure. Shotover River Heli Rafting is the only way to experience Shotover River rafting.

Helicopter and Rafting Outside Sports Queenstown NZ

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown including Helicopter Flight

For the discovering couple that enjoy to take in the sights. Snuggle up and enjoy Milford Sound by land, sea and air on this ultimate full-day tour. First, you'll travel through magnificent alpine landscapes to Milford Sound. Then take a leisurely 2-hour Milford Sound cruise to enjoy the scenery and wildlife as you sail the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea, then return by a scenic helicopter flight.

Milford Sound Outside Sports NZ

3-Day Hollyford Track Guided Walk with Scenic Helicopter Flight

Located in spectacular Fiordland National Park on New Zealand’s South Island, the Hollyford Track is one of the country’s greatest hiking trails, step into nature and leave your busy lifestyle behind for a few days whilst you connect with your loved one in a guided walk, from the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps through ancient native rainforest, past pristine rivers and lakes, and to the remote sand dunes and surf of the rugged West Coast.

Hollyford Track Outside Sports NZ

Wanaka River Journeys, Adventure Tour

Experience an exciting half day wilderness jet boating adventure together, set amongst the spectacular scenery of World Heritage Mount Aspiring National Park! Feel the wind in your hair and clutch your lovers hand on the thrill seeking jet boat as you wind your way past towering mountains, waterfalls and Lord of The Rings film locations on a jet boating sensation like no-other! A highlight is the remote guided walk into an ancient beech forest, a great opportunity to experience real New Zealand wilderness.

Wanaka river journeys Outside Sports NZ

Otago Central Rail Trail Bike Tour

Take the time to bike alongside each other on the Otago Central Rail Trail on this day trip from Queenstown or Wanaka. Soak up the stunning landscapes as you cycle through lush farmland and spectacular gorges, across wooden bridges, over viaducts and through tunnels along a 21.7-mile (35-kilometer) section of the trail.

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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

The fascinating Te Anau caves system on the western shore of Lake Te Anau offers an underground adventure that will drop a romantic and magical charm on your date. This tour takes you to a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glow-worms.

Glow Worms Outside Sports NZ

Milford Track Guided Day Walk from Te Anau

Soak up the magnificent scenery of the Milford Track, often described as one of the finest walks in the world. On this day trip from Te Anau, you'll walk the first section of the Milford Track. Your naturalist guide will lead you on a leisurely walk through ancient beech forest and grassy flats, perfect time to soak in the scenery, clear the mind and focus on each other.


There’s nothing more than enjoying your time together and reflecting on life surrounded bu the pristine natural wonders of the South Island. It’s all on your doorstep, let Valentine ’s Day take you on an adventure that you’ll both remember.

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Mt Alfred in Winter

Walking in the winter wonderland…with Dave Castonguay

The nice spring weather we’ve had in Queenstown in the last few weeks made me swap my snowboard for my hiking boots for a day. Why not keeping our legs warm and keep moving while waiting for it to snow! Only one hour away from town, Mt Alfred is a great workout and rewards you with stunning views at the top.

On the Glenorchy-Routeburn rd, look for an unmarked parking space on your right hand side. The trail starts with an endless zigzag in the forest which offers very limited views on the valley, but don’t give up! Once you finally get over the tree line, you only have to climb a short but steep rocky section to get to the summit. Proceed with care as it’s a bit icy and in some places you have to use your hands. At the top, the view is absolutely awesome: Mt Earnslaw, the Rees Valley, the Dart Valley and Lake Wakatipu… you’ll see it all!




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Ben Lomond Winter Mission

Martin, Ross and Clem head on a daybreak mission up Ben Lomond, Queenstown.


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Can we fix it – Yes we Can


Opening day at any ski field is a wild one with lots of exited, fresh legs wanting to get their first turns and lap out all day. Meanwhile trying to remember how to turn and how fast you can go (or not). but this opening day was a special one  30cm of fresh snow on top of an already impressive base – it was going to be epic.

But with any ski field set on a base of sharp rocks there will be a few rocks popping up from the great base of snow, of course I found one. After lapping it out until my legs didn't work I headed for home to find this big surprise on my skis.


 A decent core shot, one of the best we've had in the ski workshop this season, but with a season start like this, it won't be the last.  Here's how we repaired it.

ImageStage 1 of the repair is to dry the base and clean any debris from the area. I also like to cut any sharp edges from the hole to make filling the hole easier.

  ImageStep 2  is to melt glue wire into the hole with the corner of the ptex gun at 300 degrees C.  This sets a good foundation for the ptex material to hold onto.

ImageStage 3 Allow the glue wire to cool and trim the material from the surrounding area with a craft knife. Now fill the hole with ptex base material either with a ptex stick or ptex gun. allow this to cool and scrape of the excess material.

ImageStage 4 Onto the legendary 'Montana snow cruiser max'  where it will be lightly ground to perfection and set with a light structure using a crystal glide finish, perfect for New Zealand snow conditions

Stage 5 - The finishing touch - the wax finish using our fantastic new 'wax future'  and we have a finished professionally repaired core shot.

Until the next powder day.


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