Land of fergburgers, bungy and Horses of the Rings

Trip Start Oct 30, 2009
Trip End Oct 25, 2010

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Lakeview Holiday park

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

We had been told to spend a week in Queenstown and thatīs exactly what we did.  It has a reputation as the activity capital of the world and of course a thriving nightlife. Needless to say we took advantage of both!

We had our first Sunday session of the trip, with a log fire burning, a nice sunday roast and a few nice cold pints right overlooking Lake Waktipu.  Lucky we weren't here a week ago or we would have been up to our knees in water due to some serious flooding!

Our campsite was perfectly situated on top of the town with amazing views of the Remarkables mountain range greeting us every morning. 

We took a nice relaxing cable car ride up to the mountain behind us and watched as paragliders flew past us, floating down to land in the town centre.  The views here were amazing as the photos will show. 

We also got our first glimpse of one of the infamous bungy jumps Queenstown is so famous for.  This one is The Ledge - Queenstown's Sky Swing, which involves jumping off a ledge into a forest below with views of the city to accompany you on the plunge down!

Itīs fair to say, some of us found this a little offputting and confirmation that they did not want to pursue such activities in the near future.  Sadly I cannot say the same...but more on that later...

Another DVD day was accomplished due to bad weather, and the fact that we all love DVD day!  This time we watched the third and final installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, quite fitting too as we were about to embark on the Ride of the Rings Tour...on horses no less, how cool is that!

We were going to pull out all the stops on this one and turn up in full Lord of the Rings regalia but apparently all those capes and stuff scares the horses, although funnily enough we were told we could ride with weapons!!  Well if the sight of a cape is going to scare them, weīd hate to think what a giant axe and swords would do! 

Ross was scared stiff of the idea of getting on the horse and there were a few times his horse was literally in control of him!

My horse was fairly down in the pecking order and would not for the life of him go ahead of any of the other horses so no crazy gallops there then!

Of course Eoin was to outdo us all by getting an actual actor in the Lord of the Rings no less, as his horse was one of the Rohan horses used in the 2nd movie! Pretty cool eh?

So we trotted around for an hour or two and took in some spectacular scenery, some quality movie locations such as the forest where Boromir was killed in the Fellowship of the Ring, Isengard, some of the forests used and as an added bonus, scenes from the Wolverine movie where they blow up the wooden hut!

Finally to the much talked about, much anticipated, and much feared Ben Nevis bungy!  With Rich maxing out the credit card and unable to join me, Ross and Eoin in hiding from a few female stalkers, it was left to me to go solo on my quest to be a true nutcase and do the 134m bungy followed by the 120m arc!

After a few too many drinks the night before plus the drama of waking up late, searching like a madman for my receipt and barely making it to the bus in time, I barely had time to think straight before I was standing on the ledge with a rope tied to my legs and shouting CANNONBALL at the top of my voice plunging to my doom!

I have never been as scared in my life and it didnīt help when I was dangling upside down in midair I couldnīt release the catch that would turn me the right way round...finally after much panicking I managed to get it right and was hoisted to safety still in shock and unable to process what I had just done!

It didnīt end there either as straight away I was being escorted to the 120m arc swing and even though Iīd just done the bungy I was absolutely petrified as the viewing gallery allows you to see people swinging at a ridiculous height and speed straight towards a rockface!  This time however, I quickly blessed myself and was hoisted up only this time they press a button and itīs bombs away, literally!! 

So it was time to leave the mighty Queenstown where we had a ball but of course no trip to Queenstown would be complete without mentioning the awesome Fergburgers!  These are a meal in itself and pure gluttony as we more than once gorged ourselves on these behemoths of the burger world!

Farewell Queestown, stay classy!

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