Hello again! Ok so now we are in Queenstown, which is just a cuople of hours north of Te Anau. Again another picture perfect place, but this time we were going to pick up the pace and get some adrenalin going. So the day we arrived we went into the Nzone! Skydive centre to book our dives. As money is tight we only went for the 9000ft jump, but to be honest it was more than enough, and by the time we jumped out we were at 9,800ft anyways, but let me backtrack a bit first.
So we arrived at our hostel called Reavers Lodge which is on top of a hill towards the back of the town and away from the lake. At first i was very worried that we had arrived at the wrong place as it looked too nice to be a hostel. But we were in the right place, and it is a great place. nice big rooms, with en-suit, no noisy dorms around for once, and a big kitchen. But the best bit is the views from our room, over the mountains and the lake, brilliant! I dont think you could get a much better view to be honest!
ok so, as it was Zoe's birthday on monday (9th) we booked our skydive in for then. And after a well rested sleep, we were up early and on our way to check in down the Nzone office. Once there we were breifed as to what was going to happen today and what happens next. Also weighed... luckily for me, after i took my shoes on, i was bang on the weight limit, so very lucky!
So next we were hauled over the the drop zone as its called. We were greeted by people falling out the sky which was reasuring.... or something anyway! We waited around for an hour before we were called up to get changed and go through the basic drill. Then into the plane, where both our hearts were beating so fast, and as you can see from the photos of us exciting the plane, it was terrifying!
The 35seconds of freefall we got were excilerating, and beyond description, it was increadible. Once we were through that stage the photographer who was falling in front of us disapeared below, and our parachutes flew out. We were lucky enough to see each other whilst floating to the floor and the divers strapped to our backs egged each other on. I was unlucky in the fact that my man decided to spin me around... alot, and i felt very ill for the landing and for some time after, but the whole experience was fantastic! What a great way to celabrate your 20th eh!?!?
Ok so the next day it was my turn face my fears all by myself this time and do a 43m bungy at the world famous Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, the first ever bungy jump site. I was terrified. After not alot of sleep and another early start we both headed down to the booking site in town and got on the bus for 9am. We arrived around 9:30 to the very daunting sight of the bridge over the perfect greeny blue water. I headed down, checked in (got weighed etc) and then said goodbye to Zoe who was going to stand on the look out and film me! So i walked along the bridge, then realised how high it really was! At this point i really nearly backed out, and would happily swallow the shame of it, but then i saw girls doing it, and thought i cant back out now! The girl in front of me, hesitated for ages, and wouldnt let go of the side, when she finally went there was no scream or anything, but it made me think i should just do it and not even think about it rather than hesitate. So next this guy calls me through and i climbed through the struts of the bridge onto this wooden platform where the guy started to wrap a towel around my legs... little bit scared at this point, and then starts strapping various ropes and ties around the towel, next thing i know im shuffling to the edge of the platform, in the cold wind, looking directly down, and then being told to smile at the camara and then wave at the crowd. Then i kind of knew that it was time, and after 3 i jumped, screamed and next thing i know i was trying to grab the pole of the raft waiting for me at the bottom. Such a crazy and insane experience. But those couple of seconds of falling were mental, well worth the lack of sleep and money. Luckily Zoe managed to capture the whoole thing on film, so you'll no doubt hear the scream!
Anyways, today we just arrived in Fox Glacier, tomorrow we are glacier walking, which should be awesome! Hope all is ok xxxx