I've moved on to Queenstown now, was sad to leave Eanaka behind because it was such a nice place. But Queenstown is good fun too, its in a really nice setting surrounded by a big lake and mountains all around. While it's bigger than Wanaka (still only 25k people living there though) and a fair bit more touristy, it's adventure touristy so that's not so bad and it means you can do pretty much any extreme sport you can imagine here, which rules of course.
Yesterday was the last day with the guys, so I'm back to just me for the next couple of days, hopefully I should bump into some of them again though. I went hanggliding in the morning which was really great fun, had been looking forward to it since I decided to do it and it didn't disappoint. We launched from 3800ft up a mountain nearby with views over Queenstown and the lakes. As ever I was lucky with the weather, which was sunny, clear and my pilot was excited because apparently wind wise it was the best conditions they'd had for 2-3 weeks. The feeling was really amazing, I definately preffered it to paragliding, where you sit upright and float down. With hangliding your going headfirst, I stayed up for 15-20 mins, you feel the speed with the wind in your face and it really feels like you're flying, dipping and swooping around like a bird. It was both calming and freeing but also exciting when we did the aerobatics. There's loads of sports that you feel like you have to try but this is one that I feel I want to definately do again!
Today (13th) more Action! I did the nevis bunjy jump today, for the short time it lasted and also afterwards it was probably the biggest buzz I've ever felt! The only problem with it is that it makes you want to do it again straight away!
The nevis bungy is done from a kind of cable car suspended over a massive canyon, at 134m (440ft) it's the 2nd biggest bungy in the world. To put that into perspective the next biggest bungy I've seen here is 47m and that's considered to be a pretty decent size! The experience was absolutely phenomenal, it was a real balance between exciting you like hell and scaring you witless! We had to wait around for about 1 1/2hrs and I was mostly feeling excited in the build up, once you shuffle to the edge though, and look down the height kicks in and you soon realise the pure scale of it. You get that I can't believe I'm about to do this feeling but in a good way! I jumped off and for a couple of seconds it felt like, this isn't to scary really just like a big jump with a really nice view. Then you start heading head first down and picking up speed and it really hits you what's happening as the ground is also rushing toward you, you get such an amazing buzz from it, the freefall lasts for 8.5 seconds and you start to think when is the cord actually gonna kick in. You simultaneously feel really scared and excited and then just kinda elated afterwards, with a big smile you can't get off your face. In comparison to skydiving I actually preferred it because I got a bigger buzz out of it and it actually scared me for a bit. I definately wanna do more of this kind of thing!
Tommorow the action continues (though not much longer as I really do have to keep some money), providing the weather stays good I should be doing what could be my most insane and enjoyable thing so far, or could just make me feel really sick. Check it out here: http://www.actionflite.co.nz/ and the video here: http://www.actionflite.co.nz/gallery.htm
Oh and Sprinks my man: Yeah the glacier was tiny compared to the London ice wall inside the adventure store ;). Should be back end of May, providing I can last long without that sweet smile of urs ;). Great to here stuff is going well back home and you have business plans in the works, I'd love to here about it so chuck me an email and I'll make sure I have a good read of it, you can fill me in on all the Shoreham gossip I've been missing out on too.