Queenstown

Moeraki Boulders

Moeraki Boulders

We ended up staying in Queenstown last night, we didn't get back into town until around 6:30pm, so we decided just to head for the campsite we stayed on last time we were here and get a spot for the night. We spent the whole evening and all of today talking about our sky diving, trying to piece it all together. This morning we went back into town to pick up our photos and DVD's of the sky diving. The man in the shop seemed amused by us, he asked us where we were heading today and when I told him that we were heading back out to the East Coast where we were originally going yesterday he laughs as he says “right, so you thought you'd just drop in, throw yourselves out of a plane, then move on?” “urm. … yep, that's about the sum of it!” it made him laugh.

We had breakfast out this morning as we didn't get chance to get anything yesterday and needed to get to a shop. We sat over breakfast looking at the photos and laughing about some of the faces pulled. Then we were dying to see the DVD's, so we quickly drank the rest of our coffees and headed to an internet café, where we could view and copy the DVD's. It was great fun watching them!!

Embrace The Fear

'I must not fear, fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over and through me, and when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see it's path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.'

Fear by Frank Herbert

 

A few weeks back when we were sitting in Zilly one night I told John I was going to do a sky dive, yes that's right, jump out of an airplane 12,000ft in the air and freefall through the air till the parachute is opened. His response was a natural one “but you're afraid of flying and of heights!” True though that is, I had decided that it was time to face these fears head on. John said that he wasn't sure he'd be able to do it and over the next few days, once he'd got used to the idea, he said that he wanted to give it a go as well. We had decided that we'd go for it when we get to the North Island.

Jet Boating And Paradise

Snowy Scenery

When we arrived in Queenstown late yesterday afternoon we looked at several leaflets about jet boating. There ended up being no competition as most of the companies offered half an hour on the river for the same price as the trip we ended up booking which was a 3 hour trip, still half an hour on the river, but included a drive through 'Lord Of The Rings' scenery along an old gold miners track carved into the rock of the mountainside.

I woke up early hours of the morning today absolutely freezing cold, so I reached over and put the small fan heater on and went back to sleep. When the alarm went off I realised why I'd got so cold in the night, it was snowing!! We're staying slightly out of Queenstown in amongst the mountains, so it was a bit nippy to say the least. Yesterday afternoon it seemed like a good idea to book onto the 8:30am trip and once we got going, it was.

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