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18 December 2013 @ 09:15 pm
Advent calendar Day 18 - Queenstown redux  
Queenstown is the action-adventure capital of New Zealand. Anything you could imagine doing, you can find here; zorbing, white water rafting, abseiling, rock climbing, paragliding, bungee jumping, they're all available in Queenstown.
I'm not *quite* as adventurous as some, but I still had a blast.

Shotover spin photo Shotoverspin600x338_zps98eb89c0.jpg

Third row back, on the far left, hair a tangled mess and having the time of my life.
If you've never experienced the Shotover Jet Boat, here's a taste of it. Keep in mind that you're doing over 100km per hour for a good deal of the trip, shooting through narrow canyons within inches of the walls on either side, and spinning out in wild 360s whenever space allowed.

After 25 minutes of Oh-my-God-we-are-about-to-die-a-horrible-death-but-what-a-way-to-go, I have to admit that my legs were weak when I got out of the boat. But I wanted to go again!
Actually bought the t-shirt, I can't believe I did something so cliche but I had to have it, it says "Keep calm and HOLD ON!"
Current Mood: hyperhyper
moonlightmead on December 18th, 2013 11:25 am (UTC)
My god. You are entirely mad. And so am I. Because that looks fantastic!

Wow, didn't you come close to the walls, though? Did you know that at the time? Or did it look even closer?
miwahni: Sherlock Xmas Mycroftmiwahni on December 18th, 2013 11:38 am (UTC)
We're both mad! I knew there was a reason why I liked you.:-)

We came so close to the walls I could have reached out and touched them without even stretching. That was part of the whole we're-about-to-die thing, when you're going that fast and the walls are so close, and the driver is spinning the boat so that the boat is slipping under the overhang, and then suddenly you realise the driver has an "oh shit!" look on his face, just as you pull up about a centimetre away from death.... (luckily I didn't see that, but my sister did! He must have thought he overdid it on that turn).
Added to that, for a lot of the time you're skimming over about 6 inched of water, with rocks all around. And rapids. Don't forget the rapids.
SO much fun!
moonlightmead on December 18th, 2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
We are! And that must be it!

Yeah, some of the aerial shots showed clearly how shallow parts of it was. But eep for the walls and the spinning!

So glad you're doing this advent thing, I am getting to hear about all manner of cool things.
miwahni: Pros Christmasmiwahni on December 18th, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
So glad you're doing this advent thing,...
I'm glad you're enjoying it. I had a lot of it planned out, but there have been a few nights where I've sat staring at the screen, wondering what on earth I was going to post.
Merlin Pendragon: sga - rampe escalier (chibis)mrlnpndrgn on December 18th, 2013 12:37 pm (UTC)
That looked fun!

I need to visit NZ before I die :-)
miwahni: Pros Doyle Christmasmiwahni on December 18th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
You really must, if you can. It's truly beautiful. (and yes, that was awesome fun!)
Calise: Ceccoli1cali_se on December 18th, 2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
Whoa there, Missy! That looks like a thrill and a half.
miwahni: Pros Christmasmiwahni on December 18th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
Two thrills, actually! *g* It was amazing.
nerthusnerthus on December 18th, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
Wow. Just...wow!
miwahni: Sherlock Xmas Mycroftmiwahni on December 19th, 2013 10:08 am (UTC)
That's pretty much all I could say at the end of it, too. *g*
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] FANTASTICdraycevixen on January 1st, 2014 05:48 am (UTC)

Some things just must be done. *nods*
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on January 1st, 2014 09:05 am (UTC)
And more than once- I'd do this again in a heartbeat, it was that good.