Gone are the days of the groom’s mates getting him well and truly plastered at some sleazy strip joint for the stag party. The trend now is to head off for a day of boy only fun, taking in a raft of activities that the ladies often don’t like to partake of.
Some groups turn the traditional stag night completely on it’s head, and head off for a weekend or longer – we’ve known the odd group to jet off to the Islands or Australia for a week of unashamedly “man time”.
When you start to investigate options other than the local pub or someone’s backyard, there are heaps of options to choose from. The more sedate can hire a mini van complete with driver and head off for a day of wine tasting amongst some of New Zealand’s best vineyards, or perhaps hire some cycles and pedal your way along some of the finest cycle tracks, taking in the amazing scenery our country has on offer.
Sporty types will love Break One Clay Target Sports in Arrowtown where professional instructors and one-on-one tuition could see you as NZ’s Next Top Gun! They offer laser clay and clay target shooting, or a combination of both, and groups are their speciality, no matter how large your party is.
Petrol heads and adventure lovers will go nuts over Tongariro Quads who offer half day, full day or even two day adventures … not to mention paintball, Heli Biking, trout fishing and camping trips. They’ll also add in Canyon Golf or tailor make a package to suit, ensuring you have a truly action-packed time.
If it’s adrenalin you’re after, look no further than NZONE Skydive. It takes a certain kind of person to want to jump
out of a plane at 15,000 feet, plummeting to earth at around 200kph, but the buzz is incredible! Operating out of Rotorua and Queenstown, NZONE Skydive are celebrating 21 years of skydiving and boast over 180,000 tandem jumps to date.
A freefall photographer allows you to take home the most comprehensive photo pack of high resolution images, DVD video, various prints and postcards as well as a jump certificate for the brag book. Their new plane holds up to 18 people making it the largest skydiving plane in Australasia, and allowing nine mates to jump at once (most others allow 3!). For those who do chicken out and prefer to stay on the ground, there’s lots to keep you occupied while you wait for the others to land – two life size chess boards, giant Jenga and Connect 4, a café, and more.
Water lovers will have a blast with Amada Cruises in Auckland. Enjoy a fun-packed three-hour cruise onboard Olympic Spirit, a 72ft catamaran. You’ll cruise to a sheltered bay where jet skis and sea biscuit will be at your disposal. You can fish with the onboard rods, or relax on the sunny decks or in one of the lounges. Music is piped throughout the vessel, the licensed bar is open for the duration of the cruise, and bikini girls can serve you drinks!
If you have no fear of heights, why not prove your manlihood with an afternoon at Rocket Ropes, Auckland’s newest adrenalin pumping attraction. There are two separate courses comprising four levels of intense and demanding high rope activity. They also boast New Zealand’s only powerfan long drop – a freefall drop
of some five stories that will really test your metal. Ripper Zippers provides 120m of whizzing fun as you launch from a 12m platform to an elevated stage at Treasure Island Golf. If that’s not enough, perhaps the Giant Swing will get you going, either solo or with a friend. Once strapped in, you’re winched slowly to around 12m before being dropped and allowed to swing. The acceleration rush is incredible! The High Ropes themselves are a series of challenging and creative aerial activities that tests both physical and mental reserves. There are two courses and two towers, four height levels and over 50 aerial activities including two giant flying foxes. This really is a day to bring out the man in you!
Ryan Greenspan, a professional paintballer from San Diego, reckons: “The field is awesome, it’s one of the better ones I’ve seen”. He’s talking about Lock and Load Paintball in Auckland, designed and run by professional paintballers. Themed scenario fields include a western town, graveyard, urban scene, UFO
crash site and WW2 site, amongst others. These fields cater to recreational, speedball and milsim paintballers, and there are more coming in 2012! Airsoft, for those who don’t know, allows participants to shoot round non-metallic pellets launched via replica firearms. Gameplays vary, but often include short-term skirmishes, organised scenarios, military simulations and historical reenactments – it’s like being at war or in the police force!
Wild on Waiheke is a multi-activity venue situated in beautiful vineyards on Waihke Island. They offer activities such as archery and laser claybird shooting. We love that they have their own brewery on site so you can mix some fun time with a sampling of boutique beers and their own wines. An on-site team building company offer a range of packages for groups.
There are days I wish I was a bloke … mind you, there’s nothing stopping us girls partaking in these activities! ♥