Hold on tight it's gonna be a bumpy ride!

Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
Trip End Jun 18, 2011

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Thursday, October 7, 2010

We got up this morning still feeling slightly dazed and confused from yesterday; every now and then I would look at Tom and he would have a big smile on his face and when I asked him what he was thinking about he would say the bungee jump! At 11:30 this morning we had tickets to go on one of Queenstowns biggest attractions, the Shotover Jetboat. The boat is famous in the area because, although there are lots of jetboat companies in the area, the Shotover is the only one which is allowed to operate in the lower end of the Shotover River where it can dodge the rocks and cliffs really closely. It is also the only jetboat that can do 360 degree spins in the water. Along with the A J Hackett Bungee people, the Shotover kind of has the run of the town around here as the big dog so we were really excited to get going on it. After a short minibus ride to the riverside we were given waterproof jackets and lifejackets and then loaded onto the red jetboat. The boat itsef was quite small with only about 12 people on it. As we were boarding the boat everyone was going for the back seats and, with me and Tom being at the back of the queue, we ended up on the two front seats next to the driver. As soon as the boat started we realised why it could move between the canyons so well, it was really maneuverable and could get into the smallest of spaces. We started off on our trip ducking and diving among the canyons and gorges of the river going at over 80 kilometers an hour and doing loads of 360 spins. It was brilliant if not a little scary at times when the driver would get very close to the rocks. Plus, as the boat only needs 5 centimeters of water to drive on, we were going over some of the really shallow water and rocks. We were on the boat for about half an hour and then decided to stay at the riverside for an hour of so afterwards to enjoy the views before we headed back into town. Once we arrived back in the main centre of town we went up to the Skyline Gondola complex at the top of the mountain overlooking Queenstown. To get up to the top you have to take a really steep cable-car. At the top was a big building with a cafe and other shops, but we headed outside to take in the incredible views of the town. From the ledge of the building there was also a bungee jump ledge and we had great fun watching all the jumpers, including one guy who did the bungee backwards! After this we went on the other attraction at the complex- a tobogan run! We had three runs and decided to have a race on the last one, which I obviously won (even if Tom did give me a head-start)!! We were getting ready to descend the mountain at about 6pm on the cablecar when we walked past the restaurant at the complex and were drawn in by the smells. We went to have a look at the menu with no intention of actually eating there, when we found out that the restaurant was offering a 6 course, all you can eat, buffet for $57 (about 27 pounds). After umming and ahhing for a while we thought 'ahh bugger it' and went in to get a table. Wow, the food was incredible. We got a table overlooking the whole town and the surrounding mountains and it was one of the best views I've ever seen in a restaurant. Whilst I'm very tempted to type up the whole menu I won't, but I will tell you that there was soup, a huge selection of fish, the best salad bar ever, a carvery, six hot main courses, more puddings then you could believe, a cheeseboard and tea and coffee. Having lived on sandwiches and pasta since we arrived in New Zealand we was crippled with stomach ache by the end as we redefined the meaning of indulgence, but it was worth it. Between the two of us our highlights were the honey-smoked salmon, the beetroot in balsamic vinegar, the pumpkin mash and the tiramisu! Oh and I nearly had to pick Tom up off the floor when he had the roast pork, he said it was some of the best he'd ever eaten! After we had finished we waddled our way back to the campervan and booked into a campsite for the night feeling like two very stuffed little piggies! It was brilliant!!!!
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lisa on

u 2 looked like u were having fun - the people behind u looked petrified xx

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