Looking to partake in adventure activities with other rad people in the most spectacular of settings? Sign up for a tour with Adventure Junkies. The South Island is full of endless stunning lakes and mountains. With these as your backdrop, you can zip line, raft (class 5 rapids), hike, kayak, skydive, bungee jump, rock climb, jet boat and bike to your hearts content. The tour provides for a sufficient amount of free time to add on additional activities (which for me was mostly consuming massive amounts of the local wine, but also some small hikes). If you are from a big city like me, you’ll appreciate the stars, the fresh air, and the quiet. Russ, your stellar guide, is professional, accommodating and organized. His joyous attitude is infectious. He was always on time (if not early) and made sure that I was taken care of. As a solo female traveler, I felt safe at all times. All accommodations were clean and comfortable. Many have laundry available and one even had an outdoor hot tub. Russ brought us to charming spots for delicious breakfasts and lunches and always had recommendations for great places to grab post activity beers or dinner. On the drives between towns Russ will play some great tunes and teach you some fun facts about New Zealand. He will also play interpreter for any Kiwi terms/slang that you don’t know. I was heartbroken to say goodbye to NZ and will definitely be returning for another Adventure Junkies tour, regardless of the fact that it is completely across the world from my home.