At any given point while traveling through New Zealand, chances are pretty good that your body is recovering from rolling down a hill inside a giant hamster ball or heaving yourself off a bridge. However, the touring shouldn’t slow down just because your abs are a little sore. In addition to the heart-pounding adventure sports that make New Zealand world-famous, the island nation is chock full of less strenuous activities that are just as worthwhile as their adrenaline-pumping alternatives. These five ventures feature classic New Zealand scenery—minus the head rush.
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Primarily a cultural writer, A.Van Houten follows stories that celebrate the adventure and creativity of the human spirit—both physically and intellectually.