Queenstown Adrenaline

Trip Start Nov 01, 2010
Trip End Nov 01, 2011

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Queenstown – Best drive of our lives
Finally, we hit the road, brief look at the map, and ready to rock. Remembering again to disconnect the power cable, I know rightly,one of these days Il be driving out, look into my mirror and see a power cable pole dragging behind us. We’d a 3 and half hour journey which lay ahead, which pretty much doubled with the amount of times we decided to stop. Stopped a good few times, but 1 of the most memorable towns we parked up in was Lawrence.Ghost town, but stopped a great little bar, the manager came out bursting out to us, nearly like she was dying for a conversation, as though she hadn’t seen anyone this week. Very country, backward, but highly depending on groups coming through to go drinking during the world cup. The bar was called the Coach and horses Inn. She was sound and able to give us the low down that the town was the 2nd biggest gold hit town in the world behind California which was interesting, was nearly gonna start shoveling myself. Caoimhe was on the beer again, fantastic! We seen a total of 2 people, whilst sampling the local ales (obviously), the first guy parked up a van covered in shite, pulled the wellies off and went in for a scoop, and the other was the local prostitute according to the land lady lol. Right lets hit the road, some more cider sampling happened in other towns, by Caoimhe obviously whilst I was Colin McCrae behind the wheel.

Some of the roads were not wise in the heads, so windy and narrow, meantime Iam trying to remember that our house was behind my seat. We passed so many valleys and lakes and rivers, stopping at 1 of the creeks to make lunch. Lake Wakatipu was unbelievable especially with ‘The Remarkables’ mountain range in the background. The drive there, as scary as it was, was the best drive of our lives, NZ is incredible. 

On entering Queenstown, basically a town packed with motels, cabins, campsites and campervans in the mountains, there were rakes of ski shops, and travel agencies, all getting most of their business from adrenaline filled activities.We were in town to do a few ourselves, the Nevis Bungee jump 134m high, (which I go white when I even think about it) and the Shot over jet boat. On arrival however we spotted something very quickly we wanted to do, the skyline, which basically was like a gondola which lifted us up right over the mountain with amazing views of Queenstown, the mountain range and the massive lake.

We located out campsite, out by the shotover jet office about 5kms outside Queenstown, nice little spot. We could feel the heat drop dramatically since our arrival here, baltic, well I suppose it is a ski resort after all.

I survived! Nevis Bungee Jump – 134m 

My Bungee Video

The next day my alarm went at 7am, DEAR JESUS it’s time to do it, it was very exciting but simply hoped I wouldn’t die, I am too young lol Caoimhe opted for bed after dropping me off in town. She wouldn’t attempt it, I asked her why, she said, why would I jump off a bridge, makes no sense, her words were starting to sink in, WTF am I doing?
Anyway, bussed it up with the other mentalists, a few Brazilians, yanks andEnglish. At this point I wasn’t really that nervous to be honest, even when we escalated up the mountains and flying round bendy corners with no side railings and huge cliff drops.

Boarded the pod which took 7 of us over, I went 4th, and had to watch a few terrified faces. Some people jumping feet 1st which was confusing me, WTF are they at were you not meant to dive, some girl near whacked her head off the jumping spot. I was re-assured, dive Brian, dive ! 
The music was blaring, the organizers were flying quick, and so I shuffled over with my ankles bounded, felt like  a prisoner haha and he gave nobody a chance to re-think, all I know is I am standing there, 3-2-1 GO MATE, and he give me a gentle nudge – MAD, nobody could hear the screams in the valley, I just looked down and seen the ground coming for me, and prayed for the spring to bounce me back up and on the 2ndbounce had to pull a strap to flip me back up the right way. And that was that,absolutely loved it, won’t rush back for a 2nd, but that was it done. An American girl in my group wet herself, lol – Why would you announce that like?? I sure as hell didn’t :P Glad it’s all over now to be honest, I can sleep at night now.


Caoimhe collected a very ghost faced Brian in town and then we were off for trip no.2 – Shotoverjet [http://www.shotoverjet.com/]

The Shotover was the river that ran through Queenstown, and it’s office was just out the road. We boarded the speed boat, with about 14 others and for about 25 minutes he tore through the valleys, missing rocks by millimeters, soaking us and freaking us the fck out. It was a fantastic trip and loved every minute of it. Caoimhe loved it to, and kept telling me to pull my head in every 2 minutes haha. If that boat had of flipped or even touched a rock, I think it would have been game,set and match for all of us. Another great way to see Queenstown. Chuck Norris couldn’t have driven that thing better.

Spending our last evening here with a few drinks, may even head into town and join up with the Gnarley snowboarders. A totally rad day in Q’TOWN.

Next stop Milford Sound.

Over and out 

The Kiwis
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