Trip Start Jun 30, 2004
51Trip End Feb 14, 2005
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This town is like the Adrenaline town of the North Island as Queenstown is to the South. The town is based on the South of Lake Taupo. On the other side of the lake (its massive - as far as the horizon can go), we can see mountains with snow on the top on the other side. There is this dude that has this business on our side of the lake. He has a pontoon anchored to the water with some golf holes on it. You have to hit the balls onto the pontoon from the side of the road and into the hole to win prizes. Top prize of $5000 has only been paid once in 9 years, but the guy makes $700 A DAY, and $2000 on the weekend. My jaw hit the floor. What a money winner!!!
We are looking into doing Sky Diving, but the weather isn't really up for it, as it is pissing it down. I think it has rained everyday since I have been here. Seriously. I hope it's sunny in the UK, cause NZ has our weather.
Went and did this 'Rock and Ropes' thing at an adventure park. Awesome!!!. It's like a cross between a kids climbing frame and an assault course. I saw it on a brochure and I was like "guys, seriously, we HAVE to do this". The girls backed out, but Mark and I were up for it and it was only $40. Sweet!!!. I even said to the guy who owned it 'I was born to do this kind of stuff'. How I would regret my words. First up, there was this big log beam that you had to walk across with your hands out to your side. Walking across the beam between 2 logs, 30 FT IN THE AIR. Probably about as tall as my house (for those that have been there - my measurements might be wrong). Now even though I was strapped to a harness and fully safe, I was bricking it and my legs were shaking. It was only when got to the top of the pole and onto the beam, I remembered my fear of heights and the 'coolness' aspect went right into my pants.
So I walked across the beam and back again.....BACKWARDS.....WITH NO HANDS....HIGH AS MY HOUSE UP.....WITH THE WIND AND THE RAIN. When I got back to the pole, I had to go forwards again about a 3rd of the way. And the guy on the bottom made me stand on this beam/log with nothing to hold on to, for 2 minutes, whilst he was on his mobile. HELLO????
Next up was the Trapeze. Straight up a 40ft pole. Standing on the top of a pole/log with nothing to hold on to. I missed the trapeze when I went to jump for it, but the fact I made up the pole was good enough for me
Finally, we had the Giant Swing. You climb to another tall pole, but this one had a platform on it. This didn't help, with the winds. The guy had to pry my hands from the rail. So I jumped off (once I was harnessed) into a bungee like drop and before hitting the bottom, swung into a massive arc. I didn't stop shaking for 15 mins. I don't mind most hardcore stuff people and I can rough it with the next guy, but when it comes to heights where I have nothing to hold to, I turn to jelly. The fact that I nearly broke my neck painting my house 2 days before leaving for the states, didn't do much for my confidence. Vent over!!!
It was also Marks biffday on the 10th, so we all went out for meal. I even looked semi smart. He had a KILO steak, but couldn't finish it all, so had to pay full wack. The night deteriorated quickly, once I was dragged around trendy bars. I sat at the back, on my tod for a few pints and then went home. There were some nice looking ladies, but I can't stand that whole scene and too much dance music sends me nuts. Even with spells of Guns & Roses, Bon Jovi and the Darkness, couldn't save the night. Ended up with 3 of us sleeping in the van as Ulli got lucky
Went snow boarding as well for the first time ever. It rules. Like skateboarding, but without the concrete. Went up Mt Ruapehu, where they filmed a lot of the 'Mordor' scenes from Lord Of The Rings. Ulli has been snow boarding for 9 years, so she showed me a few moves before disappearing down the mountain at warp 10. I have to say it was really cool, if not draining. Initially, I spent a lot of time on my ass, but with 20 mins, I had picked it up and was whizzing around like a pro (of 20 mins). The rain was chucking it down and I did get back into the van without a single dry patch, but it was all good. The mountain was just sweet. The clouds hid the top of the mountain, but when I looked down and couldn't see the ground, I realised I was IN the clouds. Just too cool.
Heading south soon to Palmerston North and then Wellington.
All is cool