Golden Gate Lodge Cromwell
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... some difficulty into wet suits, boots and jackets and were given helmets and life jackets. The safety briefing was again effective and direct. We were allocated to rafts with seven rafters plus guide. Stefan was our guide and quickly got us on board and got us practicing various maneuvers following his commands. We set off drifting gently along the Shotover River. This gave a false sense of what the was ahead! The less demanding section of the river ...
... my way to the plane I was hooked up to my rather terse instructor, Chris, who had completed thousands of jumps and, sadly, it showed in the tedium he displayed throughout the jump - "you've got to learn to at least 'fake it' better, Chris, i'm paying an exorbitant amount of cash for your boredom!" The ride up was quite a rush, and was worth paying for in itself, given the spectacular alpine and lake views. Strapped onto our instructor we were sat facing backwards on the floor, which ...
... for lunch. Roaring Meg is a really nice, crystal blue river and proved a really nice spot for lunch.
Finally we made it to Queenstown! We had a good few hours walking round the town, stopped off at Cookie Time to get some amazing cookies, and set about arranging our next few day’s plans (Nevis Bungy in the morning, Shotover jet in the evening, and some downhill mountain biking the day after, followed by the Routeburn track after ...
... get a 'right of way' or 'give way' sign, have to look ahead and hope to get through before oncoming traffic. The majority of the time its a non-issue as the roads arent exactly densely populated. We made a couple stops along the way, most notably the Thunder Falls which was quite impressive! Eventually we came out of the mountains onto a ridge road winding between two lakes; Wanaka on the left and Hawea to the right. The road offered spectacular views of ...
... and the ride a unique, breathtaking adrenalin rush. The back held up well to the punishment.
After the Jet Boat we drove to Arrowtown. This is a beautiful town steeped in history with the early gold mining and the Chinese Village. We visited the Lakes District Museum. The town is charming whether you are walking through the streets, visiting the Chinese Village or strolling along the banks of the Arrow River. The trees, ...