So the beginning of our extreme week of action started in Taupo. We bundled ourselves into the back of a limo, which had picked us up and took us to the airfield, where for some unknown reason we had all thought it would be a good idea, in the words of Dave "to throw ourselves out of a plane with only 1/2 of a fairly large bra to get us down!" However, it wasn't long before we had been kitted out in an amazingly sexy outfit (little did we know these outfits were to continue throughout the week) and bundled into a tin plane with only the fact it was pink to comfort us! Before we knew it we had all taken our seats on the edge of the plane and been pushed out. It was then we began our 40 second free fall before opening our chutes and gliding back down to earth. It was absolutely amazing and even our buddies said it was one of the best days to do it! We have some fantastic footage of our jumps both Dave and Dan managed to pose pure fear to perfection!
The following day pumped full of adrenaline we were up bright and early to conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which is an 18.5km walk over an active volcano. We were told that there had been a light dusting of snow and that seeing as we weren't kitted out for snowy weather or taking a guide, we were to proceed with caution and turn back at any point if we weren't sure. We faced the elements including gale force winds and sheer rock paths, which had turned to ice and surprisingly even managed to do the entire walk in just over 6 hours, when the recommended time was 7-8hours!
Exhausted and aching from head to toe the next day was a well deserved day of rest. We drove ourselves to Waitomo, where we had life changing coffee in a bowl and spent the rest of the day and evening watching DVDs
The following day we all had different things book. I went black water rafting with Dan which was amazing even if the guides did bully me into wearing a bright pink skirt for the entire time. We started off by having to abseil down into the cave through the tiniest of holes, then take a zip wire down even further. Once down we had to jump with a rubber ring into the freezing water where we sailed along looking at the beautiful glow worms and rock formations. We then ditched the tubes and began crawling through the caves, seeing eels, frogs spiders etc ending with having to climb up 3 waterfalls (still in my pink skirt) to exit the caves!
Dave and Molly decided to take the dry route around the caves going on guided tours to see glow worms. Dave also amused himself by taking himself off on a walk around the caves and ending up at an Angora rabbit shearing farm where he watched the rabbits being shaved!
That afternoon once we'd all reunited we made our way to Rotarua.
The next day in Rotorua we went white water rafting. We apparently went over 14 rapids including one 7m waterfall, although we were all to busy hanging on for dear life, having been told there were eels in the river that reach 90kg, so we didnt want to fall in! Luckily we made it out alive!
That afternoon we went around Rotorua's thermal pools which were pretty cool, even if they did stink!
In the evening we went to a Maori village where we saw them perform different dances including the Hakka, wondered round the village and ended up having a traditional meal cooked in the ground called Hangi.
Today we have decided to take things easy. We went round the Kiwi encounter which is a selective breading programme. We managed to see 3 Kiwis which were soooo cute and really funny birds. Later we plan on pampering ourselves by taking ourselves off to some Polynesian spas!!