Skydive,Quads,Geysers - Kiwi experience rocks!

Trip Start Mar 27, 2006
Trip End Dec 03, 2006

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Sorry its been a while updating this thing but there's a very good reason for it, and that is I haven't had a chance since leaving Auckland about five days ago. This is the first place we've stayed at for more than one night. I'm having a great time doing the kiwi experience so far and this has probably been the most action packed week of my life. I have met some awesome people on the bus and have had some great laughs. Last night we went out for a few drinks as a lot of people are going in separate directions from here which is a shame because we had a good group of people.

It might be because I am doing the kiwi experience on a time limit but every day we have made the most of it usually by getting up around 7am, leaving the place we stayed the night before and doing several activities during the day on the way to the next destination, then having a few beers on the night.

Yesterday I did a skydive above Lake Taupo which I surprised myself by going through with it because I usually can't even handle fairground rides. But I am so glad I did because it was the biggest adrenaline rush I've ever had. It was one of those surreal moments because I've always said I wanted to do a skydive but it's easy to say after five pints on the comfort of a bar stool firmly attached to the ground, so I never actually expected the day to arrive when I would do one. The next thing I know the day is here and I'm put in a jump suit and sat in the hanger with four other people waiting to board the plane. Once you're on board you know there's no turning back. You could either do it from 12,000 or 15,000 ft. Me, Carley and Sam did it from 15,000 ft. The view was amazing and I was trying to not think about the fact that soon I'd be plummeting towards it. Next thing I know the hatch is opened and the guy I'm attached to pushes me towards it. My mind was completely blank at that point except for two words... "Oh fuck". I ended up shouting my head off all the way down, suprised the guy who I was attached to didn't tell me to shut up. It's strange because the initial plunge out of the plane is so much worse than the 60 second free fall when you reach 200km an hour! (That's fast). In fact the worse bit was when he pulled the parachute and my crotch was pushed up into my throat. He started spinning around and I started screaming my head off whilst my guts carried on shooting towards Earth. Still it's got to be up there as one of the best experiences of my life and if anyone gets a chance to do one just bite the bullet and go for it! You won't regret it, unless the parachute doesn't open and even then you won't regret it for long, so like I said DOOO IT!

The other things I've done with Kiwi experience since leaving Auckland include quad biking on farm land (awesome fun), the luge (just like in Singapore only faster, longer and more deadly), a Maori culture night and concert where they performed the real haka (really good night with a legend of a bus driver who translated "kia ora" into 56 different languages), visited natural geysers (amazing) where they had two live kiwi birds (now an endangered species), witnessed rabbit shearing (don't ask?!?) and seen some of the most incredible landscapes. This country has exceeded my expectations already and I've only been here a week! The people are so friendly, and we haven't even reached the South Island yet! LOVING IT

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