Fri 28th June (day 13)

Trip Start Jun 16, 2013
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Trip End Jul 09, 2013


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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Woke up early again today (8am) and got the family moving. We had a busy day planned.

We headed out about 9.30am and went to the main jetty to hop on a dual 250hp boat to go parasailing. The boat had a winch and platform setup on the back deck, and the customers (us) were attached to via a harness they sit in.

Lynette and Patrick went first. They got harnessed up and the line was slowly winched out, rising into the air as they went. Higher and higher they went, about 100m eventually. The driver left them there for about 10 minutes and they took in the magnificent scenery, and then slowed to a crawl, and they dropped down towards the water. When they were about 2m from the water he powered it up again and back into the air they went, probably for another 5-10 mins. Given they were the first, they were a bit nervous about ending up in the drink.

Next was Mitchell and I, but we had the luxury of knowing what was coming. We also got harnessed up, attached, and then gradually role up into the air. Magnificent experience, views as far as the eye could see. Was bitterly cold though, hands were like iceblocks, even with gloves on. Was not too bad for me as I had thick gloves on, but Mitchell did not wear his and only had some fairly thin gloves so his hands were freezing. We also got the 'almost dropped into the water' treatment, but we knew what to expect, and again at about 2m we got pulled back into the air.

It was a great experience and well worth doing, butt now we have done it we would probably choose paragliding next time. This was great, but in hindsight quite tame compared to a gliding experience.

After we finished here we found ourselves a nice little café and had a big breakfast. Yum. We then went and watched the annual dodgeball championships on the foreshore, which is held annually during the winder festival (which by the way we arrived in the middle of by fluke). This was hilarious, a bunch of mostly twenty somethings all dressed up in various wild outfits hurling dodgeballs at each other inside a net, to ultimately win the crown (not sure what the prize was). Looked like a lot of fun, and part of me wished I could have had a turn. The other part (my sore knee) was quite happy to watch from the sidelines.

We mucked about in the city for a bit then headed back to camp. Cleaned up here a little, before we were collected by the shuttle bus to take us to the airport where we jumped on a helicopter. This took us atop a snow covered mountain where we hurled some snow, did snow angels, admired the views, took photos, for about 20 minutes before returning back to ground. Was brief, but good fun.

After that Lynette and I decided to go and restock the van with food (and beer!) given we are heading up the west coast tomorrow, and food would likely be more expensive the further we go. But then again, QT prices are a rip anyway so who knows.

Stayed in tonight as it was forecast to be between -4 and -6 degrees tonight !!! We ate in the camp kitchen where it was warm, and drank warmed mulled wine watching TV. Lynette and I decided to have a hot shower before bed, and would you believe she forgot the towels (I had the dirty washing). So minus something, I get out the shower to no towel ! Couldn't stop laughing. Had to use her PJ bottoms to dry myself so I could go and get her a towel (and new PJ's). At least we had a change of clothes to use as if had to run across the camp naked in the cold, I would not have been laughing quite as much!

Heading out of QT tomorrow towards Wanaka and Arrowtown, and then the west coast.
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