The weather started to heat up as we moved north to Queenstown, unfortunately however so did the van.I should mention that Hannah had started to share the driving by this point.With the temperature gauge off the scale and strange bubbling noises coming from the engine under our seats I thought it best to pull over.We read the manual and diagnosed the problem as no water in the engine.Identifying the clear reservoir under the passenger seat, as described in detail in the manual, we filled the tank waited for 30 min and boldly headed off again.
This plan seemed to work and just as we were giving ourselves a pat on the back for our mechanical endeavours the temperature gauge soared to red hot once again. Now only 20km or so from Queenstown we refilled the water waited 20 min and headed off again.After repeating this process another two times we finally made Queenstown found a camp site, parked, went to the offy and forgot about the van.
Unbeknown at the time from our spot on the camp site we could see the Ledge bungy jump that Hannah mastered the last time she was in New Zealand.After failing to take the plunge in Taupo on the North Island I had publicly claimed I would jump off the Ledge when we got to Queenstown.Sometimes I really do hate the effects of beer.We made plans to go up to the ledge the next morning and take the plunge.
In the morning, after Hannah starts her video diary of the day already questioning my bottle, we headed to the foot of the hill saw the price of the cable car up to the top so proceeded to walk.On arrival we decided to take a look at people doing the bungy.We made our way past the luge and bar down to the bungy site and, "no!", it was closed.Trying to act disappointed when you are so happy is very difficult.
With renewed vigour we had a couple of goes on the luge and went to the balcony to see the panoramic view back across Queenstown, the lake and Remarkables mountain range.This view was superb until I noticed a sign on top of the bungy hut.Open from 12pm daily.The time was 11:50am, my heart sunk as Hannah spotted it and went straight into the next stage of the video diary.
We gingerly made our way down to the bungy site and the nerves set in.These were not helped by the first jumper of the day.Some ripped kiwi launched himself into a triple somer sault coming out just in time for the cord to kick in.After a few minutes I paid my dues and made my way slowly to the platform.It was a Scottish boy that was working at the site so instead of a few calming words he asked if I was crazy and began winding me up some more.Then all strapped up it was ok say something to the camera, "eh, ah, no" take a run and jump.No idea how i got off probably knowing Hannah had done it but all I can remember is kicking my legs as hard as I can until I finally started on the way back up again and then doing it again on the way back down.Delighted I had now done my first and last bungy jump.The rest of the day I basked myself in glory with the biggest fish and chips ever for tea and a few glasses (pint glasses) of wine to celebrate.
The next day we went for a jet boat ride on the shot over river which was great fun and visited Glenorchy for more superb scenery.Now we were set to leave and suddenly remembered the van.Hannah suggested it would be ok now it was in fact my lack of patience that had made it over heat and not the engine itself.On this note we headed off and had to pull over about 500m later.
After some phone calls and some lost tempers the mechanic arrived and proceeded to ask if we had given the engine some water.I confidently showed him where we put the water and he laughingly informed us that was the overflow tank and would not have done much good.To add insult to injury he asked if we were having a good holiday and if we had done an bungy yet.Again I proudly told him of my confident 48m leap from the Ledge.He laughs and says "oh you done the girls bungy man, you want to take on the nevis".This was the 134m jump from a cable car like structure just outside Queenstown.Still he was very amusing, fixed the van and we were back on the road.