Everything you’ve heard is absolutely true. New Zealand’s astounding natural assets encourage even the laziest lounge lizards to drag themselves outside and get active. ‘Extreme’ sports are abundant and supremely well organised here. Mountaineering is part of the national psyche, and skydiving, mountain biking, jetboating and rock climbing are all well established. Factor in New Zealanders’ propensity for innovation and invention, and pant-wetting and totally illogical activities like bungy jumping have become everyday pursuits. Adrenaline-pumping activities obviously have an element of risk, but the perception of danger is part of the thrill (...but make sure you have travel insurance anyway).