Out of the blue, over the blue

Trip Start Jul 02, 2009
Trip End Jun 28, 2010

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Rotorua and the volcanic stuff had been a blast (although thankfully not literally) and it was time to head south to Taupo (with it's gorgeous lake) and the weather was great so I booked in for the skydiving.  This was great fun and excellent value.  They drop you (with an instructor strapped to your back) over the lake and, since the drop was from 4500 m (15000 ft), oxygen was provided.  The people who run the sky-diving operation are wonderfully laid-back and when I asked if it was ok to jump in my sandals, they suggested jumping barefoot.  How could one ignore a suggestion as good as that? 

The free fall was from from 4500m to 1500m and I believe that it lasted for about a minute.  During the free fall, I was not really aware of the presence of the instructor and it was almost a surprise to get alerted to the fact that he was about to open the chute. The jump was actually a lot less scary than I though it would be, probably because we started from so high up and Lake Taupo seemed a long, long way away.  My 1996 bungee jump off a bridge over the Zamebezi was a lot more scary.   Anyway here are a pre-jump pics of me and Nina, a German vet who exited the plane just before me.

The Aratiatia dam is close to to Taupo and they open the gates several times a day.


Downstream there is a viewing platfrom from where you can watch the gorge fill up.  In case you were wondering, I made a return trip to get these pics.

The Waikato River flows into Lake Taupo and the Huka falls are just outside town.

I'll finish off with some views of Lake Taupo.

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