8 adventurous New Zealand experiences for the same price as things you spend money on every day
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One night out vs a trip to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves? A graduation outfits vs an overnight adventure in a Maori village? A weekend at the seaside vs a bungee jump in Queenstown? It might seem crazy, but for the same price as those things that students typically spend their money on – nights out, fancy dress, festival day passes – you could be grabbing yourself some majorly life-changing experiences on the other side of the world. Our friends at Kiwi Experience have put together a collection of things that you could be doing in New Zealand, for a fraction of what you might expect. Because while fancy dress nights out in student towns and UK seaside breaks are undeniably fun, especially now exams have finished, a trip to New Zealand – a land known for its adrenalin activities, beautiful beaches and epic landscapes - offers an adventure that’s probably a more exciting use of your money. Fancy dress costume Vs Zorbing in Rotorua for around £18 For the same price as a ‘cheeky smurf’ or ‘oompa loompa’ fancy dress outfit Kiwi Experience passengers can spend an afternoon laughing non-stop as they roll down ZORB® Rotorua’s hilly course, in a sphere filled with water. Zorbing, which is now popular with thrill-seekers all over the world, is a kiwi invention and Rotorua is where this wacky activity was first introduced. A ZORB® spin experience costs from NZ$39 per adult (approx £18). A student night out Vs Waitomo Glowworm Caves for around £23 A visit to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to marvel at Mother Nature's light display in an underground labyrinth is a memory that’s probably going to stick around – whereas those student nights out tend to all blend into one after a while (or even after 2am.) The glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand and the now world-famous underground boat ride through the caves where thousands of these tiny Glowworms radiate their unmistakable luminescent light provides a serene ambience, with informative commentary on the caves' historical and geological significance. The tour costs from NZ$49 per adult (approx £23). A festival day ticket Vs Bay of Islands for around £57 Ok, a day out at Wireless or Lovebox is pretty fun (until the rain starts up!) but a long weekend spent in the North Island’s Bay of Islands, one of the most beautiful and tranquil destinations in the world, is basically unbeatable. Kiwi Experience’s Bay of Islands bus pass costs NZ $121 (approx £57) and takes passengers from Auckland to Paihia (in the 'winterless north') and the Bay of Islands, with its 144 islands and amazing beaches. A wide selection of water and land-based adventure activities are available from fishing, sailing and dolphin swimming to nature walking, checking out the town’s charming cafes and bookshops or simply relaxing on one of the many golden-sand beaches. A Graduation Ball outfit Vs a Tamaki Maori Village overnight adventure for around £92
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