Well on our way to Wanaka we stopped off at probably my favourite view in all of New Zealand- The Mirror Lakes! Pete, Sean and me walked right around the lake to see the view of the mountains in the distance reflected perfectly in the still water. I couldn't believe it; I felt like it wasn't real, only in a postcard have I ever seen such a perfect picture. On the photo it didn't matter which way around you looked you couldn't tell which way was up. Absolutely stunning sight...
Reluctantly moving away from that view we made it to Wanaka. A pebble beach on a nice big lake we grabbed some food and lay in the sun. I took the opportunity to go for a swim again haha! I don't know whats got into me, I feel disappointed with myself if I don't go in the water when I can! Sean again somehow managed to fall asleep in a matter of minutes...so yeah you guessed it we drew on his face again! Only this time we didn't tell him and he walked around the whole town and a supermarket with a french mustache and goatee haha..only when we got back to the hostel did the receptionist comment on it. So funny!
In the evening we went out for something to eat for Ollies birthday; an Indian with friends was a nice end to a chilled day in the sun. Lots of laughs later we went to the hostel bar for killer pool and karaoke. A good night but I was tired even though I hadn't done anything all day..not really a late night in Wanaka.
The next morning we were up early to get to Queenstown at a reasonable hour and to ensure that we still saw all the sights along the way. Puzzle World haha! We got there and everyone ran inside, I thought I was on a school trip again. Looking at all the weird and wonderful attractions was fun but I spent most of my time in the maze.. To follow the "hard" path you had to get to all four corners in order: green, blue, red and yellow. It was so annoying but I was determined to find all corners! I found the first three ok but yellow was IMPOSSIBLE! I found all corners again and even the exit! The driver was calling for us to leave so I was running out of time. I'm ashamed to say that I never found yellow properly because I climbed under the fence with George..he was just as lost as me haha!
We made it to Queenstown at around midday after some more stops at some great places; a beach, a waterfall and a suspension bridge. Queenstown was just what I thought it would be. Mountains surrounding the town with a lake at its doorstep. Everyone I have met says Queenstown is the place to be so I couldn't wait to get involved in the adventure sports and the nightlife!
We checked into Nomads hostel; an awesome place with great people, and loads of things to do on a rainy day. They even had a sauna haha! Then we went across the road to a pub to have a few jugs in the glorious sunshine. I might have had a jug too many because I was smashed even before the leavers party! The whole bus had a big group photo near the lake, had an all you can eat feast at Fat Badger pizza and then more drinks at World bar and Base bar. Such a great night even though I still don't remember most!!
I woke up late the next morning feeling pretty grim, made worse by the fact that this was the day I was going to do the NEVIS Bungy...134metres high in the middle of a huge canyon!! Oh my god! This was the one thing I was most nervous about; even when we just talk about it or when other people who have already done it told me what it was like I felt sick and got butterflies in my stomach!
We caught a bus from the AJ Hackett office and started to drive to the Nevis site. Up and up and up- it seemed like an hour before we finally got there. All my friends were nervous in their own way; Ed was listening to rock music, George couldn't sit still, Becky wouldn't stop talking and I just kept quiet haha! We got all the gear on and caught the cable car to the jump point in the middle of the valley. When we were inside it was a waiting game until your name got called. Being one of the lightest there I was one of the last to jump. This was horrible, the floor was see through and one by one I could see my friends jump off and then hang a hundred metres below! Awful feeling.
Eventually it was my turn; I got the leg harnesses on and sat in the jumpers seat until all was ready. Now I made it this far there was no way I was backing out now. All my friends had jumped and so there was a weird pressure to jump first time without hesitation! I waddled over to the edge asking the guy how I should jump, "show me your best swan dive" he replied after I peaked over the edge..bad idea! So high!! He dropped the bungy cord which made me wobble on the spot and on the count of three I jumped out as far as I could!
It was a rush of pure adrenaline! I have never felt anything like it. The wind on my face and the ground getting closer was just intense!! I was speechless the whole way down..couldn't get a word out but after the initial bounce back I swore aloud in pure adrenaline...Oh my god what a feeling! On the second and third bounce I was still swearing in excitement haha!
On the later bounces when you were weightless as you came up again, you were meant to pull a cord which would put you into a sitting position. I tried but it wasn't coming loose. In the end I didn't want to pull too hard just in case something came loose that shouldn't...like my legs!! haha! So as a result I was hauled up 134 metres upside down, talk about a head rush.
At the top I was buzzing. We were all chuffed with ourselves and loved watching all the videos at the end. All bought and paid for plus a free t-shirt we headed back to Queenstown.
By far the most intense activity I have ever done! Everything else seems like walk in the park compared to it.
Nevis Bungy done. Bring on the next adventure activity in Queenstown!
Until next time.