New Zealand’s South Island is a mecca for extreme sports and outdoor adventures. But it is also a haven for laid-back wine country tours and rapturously beautiful scenery. Rudy Maxa journeys to Abel Tasman National Park, whose famous coastal trails offers hikes that can last from three to five days, and visits a local artists’ colony to get a crash course in Maori bone carving. Topping New Zealand’s list of popular destinations is Queenstown, the birthplace of bungee jumping. Rudy braves whitewater rapids on river boards, and straps himself in for the high altitude thrills of soaring over Shotover Canyon on the world’s highest giant swing.