78Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2011ACTIVE CHARTERS Both New Zealand's North and South islands offer a wealth of opportunities,ranging from remote trekking to whale-watching. Here are just a few activitiesto keep you moving during a charter through the southern hemisphere.SCUBADIVEAROUNDTHEPOORKNIGHTSLying off the northeast coast of North Island, the Poor Knights nature andmarine reserve is home to one of the best diving spots in the world. Tropicalcurrents sweep through attracting a variety of tropical species that cannot befound anywhere else in New Zealand. SWIMWITHSHARKSCome face to face with Mako and Blue sharks (albeit from behind the bars ofa protective metal cage) in the waters just north of Gisborne, North Island.WALKTHESKYTOWERMake your way around the thin perimeter ring of one of the SouthernHemisphere's tallest freestanding structures. At 192m (630') above ground,the famous Sky Tower promises spectacular views of Auckland and your yachtberthed below. The fact that you have no handrails and nothing but sky oneither side of you makes for a nail-biting experience. Although you'll be fittedwith a full body harness and overhead safety lines, this is not recommendedfor the faint of heart. SEAKAYAKINABELTASMANNATIONALPARKLying at the northern tip of New Zealand's South Island, the Abel Tasman coastis renowned for clear azure waters, white-sand beaches, hidden coves andspectacular headlands. Here you can paddle your way among seal pups anddolphins, Little Blue Penguins, and many other sea birds that make a homealong this beautifully preserved coastline. Sea kayaking is also popular in theBay of Islands, Hauraki Gulf and Milford Sound. GOWILDINQUEENSTOWNIn Queenstown you will find plenty of daredevil opportunities for even themost adventurous among you. From skydiving and bungee jumping to skiing,hand-gliding and quad biking, the city provides every adrenalin-pumpingactivity imaginable.WHITE-WATERRAFTINGANDJETBOATINGNorth Island is home to the Wairoa, Mohaka and Kaituna rivers, all of whichprovide challenging rapids for white-water rafting, while South Island hasaction on the Shotover, Kawarau and Rangitata rivers. For an extra adrenalinrush, jet boating is available along most of the major rivers on South Island. WHALE-WATCHINGINKAIKOURANorth of Christchurch, Kaikoura has a deep underwater canyon with unusualsea currents that attract an abundance of marine life - the most famous beingthe sperm whales, which are drawn by the region's rich plankton. The watershere also abound with dolphins.
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