An Adventurer's Bucket List for 30 (or 40 or 50 or...) year olds

Reaching the big three-oh is a milestone that is often seen as the peek of the hill… as in, it’s all down hill from there. People hold twenty-nine-plus-one birthdays, or try to forget that the day is even happening, seeing thirty as the point where you are officially “old”.

But thirty is certainly not the end. In fact, things will only get better from here. By the end of your thirties, you’ll be earning more, and if you had kids in your late twenties, early thirties, you’ll start to gain your independence back.

With that in mind, everyone hitting thirty should be celebrating the fact that their life is only just beginning. And what better way to celebrate than doing something different? Hence, this bucket list for adventurers, adrenalin seekers, or people with something to celebrate.

This is a list of thirty things to do when you hit thirty (or forty, or fifty…), and is compiled of things you can do right here in New Zealand, so no excuses – even if it’s not your birthday, there is always a reason to do something a little crazy.

Here's Get Frank's top ten:

1) Skydiving

What better way to realise your own mortality than jumping out of a plane? Skydiving is both exhilarating, and peaceful, with the fast drop and then a slower descent with incredible views. Best of all, there are places to do this all over New Zealand. If you are looking for adventure, skydiving is a must on any bucket list.

2) Caving

Caving is a great all-round adventure, which will tick off many experiences on this list, including abseiling, rock climbing and high ropes. For the daring this is the ultimate experience. For the not-so-daring, it's a great way to face your fears. Get Frank's done it, so you have no excuse!

3) Bungy Jumping

Heading head first towards the ground or water, only to fling back upwards before touching down will certainly make you appreciate being alive. Bungy jumping is something every Kiwi should experience, so if you haven't done it yet, make sure it's on your bucket list!

4) Hang Gliding

Icarus did it, and so can you. Fortunately, hang gliding won't get you too close to the sun. If one of your childhood dreams was to fly, then add this to your list of possible birthday events, or put it on your bucket list.

5) Canyoning

If you're an outdoorsy type, then canyoning is the ultimate outdoors experience. Depending on where you choose to go, it can feature abseilling, waterfalls, ropes, rock climbing... You'll come out of it feeling like you can take on the world.

6) Abseiling

Head down rockfaces, tied to nothing but a rope. The hardest part of this experience is usually convincing yourself that the rope will hold, but it's fun nevertheless, and a great way to conquer a fear of heights.

7) Black Water Rafting

It's rafting. Underground. If you love having fun in the water, but are after something a little more adventurous, then black water rafting is a great experience. One of the best ways to do this is at Waitomo.

8) White Water Rafting

If you're scared of the dark, or you'd like to be able to see the perilous rocks in your path, then white water rafting might be a better option. There's more places to do it too, with a cave being unnecessary. Research carefully, and make sure you're going with a provider who knows what they are doing, and you'll be guaranteed to have a blast.

9) Swim with Sharks

*Cue Jaws theme music*

You can either cage dive, or actually swim with sharks, depending on where you go, and how big (and hungry) the sharks are, but New Zealand's shark diving experiences are very safe, and you'll be well looked after.

10) Stunt Driving

Even if you're not a petrol head, being a stunt driver for a day is a blast. Spin, slide and jump the car, just like in the movies.

And counting down to 30:

11) Parasailing

12) Canyon Swing

13) Skywalk

14) Rock Climb

15) Fly a Helicopter

16) Fly a Plane

17) Gliding

18) Four Wheel Driving

19) Jet Boating

20) Diving

21) Blokarting

22) Shooting

23) High Ropes

24) Paintball

25) Hot Air Ballooning

26) Drive a Supercar

27) Swim with Dolphins

28) Milford Track

29) Charter Fishing

30) Visit a Vineyard

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  • Dolphin says
    Swim with the dolphins!!!!!!!!!!!

    That is number one on my list.

    This has ALWAYS been on my list and hope my dream will come true this summer.... Caving might be second, too scared to buggy jump etc, such a wuss.

    I always dream of swimming with dolphins....
  • thomas says
    I've done all except for 1, 4, and 9!
  • supabowl says
    Ive knocked off about half this list. Tonnes of fun stuff
  • csew says
    Looks like a good list, although would have to think twice about the swimming with sharks
  • JohnGx says
    Keen to try hang gliding some time!!
  • GEM says
    The TranzAlpine train trip. Seeing the northern or southern lights...BOTH if possible. Seeing the endless skies on the Mongolian steppes. Swimming into Mariners Cave, Tonga. Watching the sunset and then the sunrise from Cape Reinga.
  • LUCKYONE says
    Thanks. I'm at the stage I'm gaining my independence back and I'm keen to do
    things I never experienced before.Out of this list of the 10 I can only say I have done caving. These activities are sure to get the heart pumping.
  • shiny says
    If any of you dive, you have to check out the Blue hole in Guam, it's ficken amazing!
  • New Member says
    Few on there i have to done, with a few more still on list. Frank better help me on this one!
  • aussie_jo says
    Well there is a lot i'd love to do on this list...hoping to ad swimming with dolphins if aI can win it...hehehe

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