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Ski down the longest glacier, swim in the largest lake, climb the highest mountain, walk the longest trail – these are just some of New Zealand’s biggest attractions and here’s how to conquer them all.

Horse ride along the longest beach

Golden sand dunes and shipwrecks – Ripiro Beach in the Northland region stretches 107km making it New Zealand’s longest beach. You can horse ride along the golden coastline or trot to the top of the cliffs for spectacular views.

Baylys Beach Horse Treks offers a guided and historical tour of the coastline. A horse ride costs £30/one-hour per person or £39/two-hour per person.

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Jump off the highest building

Auckland Sky Tower credit: iStock

Standing at a dizzying 328m, the Auckland Sky Tower offers a range of adrenaline fuelled activities. The SkyWalk offers visitors the chance to test their nerves with a nail biting circuit of the tower at 192 metres. The view of the city and beautiful harbour are the best antidote to inevitable jelly knees. Or for an unforgettable experience, take a leap of faith with the SkyJump, an 85km an hour controlled descent will see you safely at ground level. It’s not all thrills and spills there’s a restaurant at the top, but you might want to leave it a while after eating before jumping off.

The SkyWalk costs £66 per adult and the SkyJump costs £103 per adult. Admission to Sky Tower costs £13 per adult and includes entry to the 182m Sky Lounge Café and Bar, 186m Main Observation Level and 220m Sky Deck viewing platform.

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Climb the highest mountain

With a peak that stands 3,724m high, Mt Cook is a physically demanding and highly rewarding venture. The mountain was originally named Aoraki by the Maori, meaning “cloud piercer”. Standing tall in the Southern Alps and set under a star-studded sky, Mt Cook’s skyscraping peaks, permanent snowfields and glaciers make this a climb of a lifetime.

Adventure Consultants offers a six-day guided tour, but it’s not cheap at £2,585 per person. Price includes ground transport, flights in and out of Plateau Hut, accommodation, all meals and snacks, equipment, and Department of Conservation fees.

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Kayak the longest river

Waikato River credit: iStock

Running 425km long, the Waikato River flows through the North Island, rising in the eastern slopes of Mt Ruapehu before joining the Tongariro River system and emptying into Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. Visitors can kayak along the crystal clear waters, admire the stunning surrounding scenery and soak in the natural hot pools.

Canoe and Kayak offers a two-hour tour along the river with a stop at the hot pools and complimentary refreshments for £27 per adult.

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