Adrenalin Rush in Rotorua

Trip Start Nov 10, 2013
Trip End Apr 02, 2014

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Monday, November 18, 2013

After New Plymouth, the brothers and I made our way to the city of Rotorua.  This city of ~70,000 is a geothermal hot-spot and features a number of geysers and thermal hot pools.  The brothers had already spent some time here (before my arrival), so I didn't want to force them to repeat things for my sake, so we spent just a couple days in the area.
 Despite only staying briefly in the area, I made sure to take part in one of the many different adrenalin-filled activities that the area features: The Rotorua Canopy Tours.  
 ***Jori K.: I hope you are reading this... ***
 For $130, I took part in a great 3-hr, nearly-personalized zip line canopy tour.  Keep in mind that this was the first zip-line canopy tour that I had ever taken part in... I'm still meaning to make it out to Cypress Hills Eco Adventures, Jor...

  All told, the tour featured 6 different zip line runs: the shortest being 40 meters long, whereas the longest of the day was a whopping 220 meters!!!  We also got to cross three swing bridges and follow the guides along 4 different stretches of trail, during which the guides provided excellent information on local vegetation; common (and rare) bird species; pests; conservation methods/successes; extinct, endangered and threatened New Zealand native species.

 Considering this was my first canopy tour ever, I was more than a little apprehensive about the whole thing.  Luckily, I was one of just three participants (with two guides, plus a third in training).  And considering that the other two were a couple from New York City, I had to put on my best "I'm not afraid of anything" face and man up for these zip line runs.  I must say, that stepping up to the first zip line run, I was a little nervous, but I pretended like this was nothing out of the ordinary and just went for it.  My nerves immediately disappeared, as the thrill of things created (I'm sure of it) a big-dumb-looking smile on my face.  After that, there was no turning back!  Each run got longer and more exciting.

  The 220m. zip line was the longest of the day and the guides had us try to shout out, as we traversed the entire length of the zip line, but my old, rum-soaked lungs were not up to the task...  On the last run of the day, an approximately 70m zip line, we were free to attempt any freestyle posture (as, according to our guides, we were close enough to the road that they could carry us out and down to the hospital if necessary...).  So after being given a mini-tutorial, i successfully attempted an upside-down, backward-facing maneuver.  Oh man!  Words, unfortunately, cannot convey the excitement and thrill that accompanies such a series of actions.  However, those of you that have gone zip lining, I'm sure can relate.
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