Land of the Extreme

Trip Start Nov 03, 2009
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Trip End Jul 15, 2010


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Friday, May 14, 2010

Ok, the South Island entries are gonna be a bit short and sweet as there are many. This is mainly because we drove about in a circle for around 9 days starting in Queenstown and ending in Queenstown. We probably took in 6 or 7 locations along the way we stayed overnight in, so bear with us here..some of them won't be that groundbreaking in there description as it's a bit hard to summarise the amazing beauty of the South Island landscape in words without sounding a bit gushy (pics are nice though!)

Landed in Frankton and first impressions good, beautiful scenery if not a little grey but I guess that was mainly down to the time of year we visited which was just before the winter season started.

Our home for 12 days was to be a 14 year old Toyota Previa, the driver a highly experienced 30 year old named Sofie, the co-pilot being me and a several bottles of Steinlager. A match made in heaven no doubt.

Sofie wasn't looking forward to this bit too much and she only nearly killed us twice (will get to those incidents later) but I have to say she excelled at motoring around this beautiful island but didn't like being near more than 3 cars at any one time which tended to be a problem in places that people actually reside permanently in.

So we stayed in Queenstown for 2 nights and spent a day sussing out what to do there, of which there is a lot I can assure First up was a 15,000 ft skydive for me. Never done it before so felt I had to have a go and this really is the place to do it. Sof passed as she did it in Australia 10 years ago so wasn't that bothered even though I said she should've, ah well. 
So this Skydive, pretty special really. Strangely I wasn't too worried about leaping out of a plane at the same height I was last at in Nepal as I thought it would be pretty intense experience which it was but it just didn't freak me out as much as I thought it may have done. Everyone else I met on the trip over to the airfield seemed absolutely petrified to the point of pulling out entirely from doing it which I guess is a normal reaction for most people, more so if you are scared of heights obviously. Fantastic 65 second free fall taking in Lake Wanaka, Queenstown and I think I even made out Milford Sound too on the way down. The guy I jumped with was a seasoned pro with over 20,000 jumps to his name so I was in good hands. It well worth doing for sure, a trip highlight.

After I jumped out of a plane we hit the road and headed to Fox Glacier which I have to say was one of the most incredible drives through the most amazing scenery either of us had ever seen before, jaw dropping stuff.
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