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I did a Skydive!

When I was in Queenstown, I finally bucked up the courage to do a skydive with NZONE Skydive and I loved every single second of it!
After doing the Shot-Over Canyon Swing (which was pretty scary), I didn’t even feel scared to do a Skydive anymore! So off I went, all confident to the Skydive place.
They picked us up from their office in Queenstown and drove us out. I could see that some of the girls were getting a bit nervous, but I was still loving it even when I was having a recorded interview which you will see in my video!

Even when I was in the plane (which has no seats, so you sit on the floor) I was still too excited although I could see us eventually reaching 12,000ft!
I was the last one to jump out, and that was the bit I was a little nervous about but it was over before you could even blink and didn’t feel like you were falling at all!
They don’t mess about here either, well we didn’t get anyone that messed about – we simply went to the edge, ‘Are you ready?’ and out you were!

As we were free-falling, or just falling in general the whole time, it didn’t feel like you were – it weirdly felt like you were floating as all of the wind is pushing against you. Although, I must say that I got a little freaked out as I thought I couldn’t breathe from all of the air in my face. I thought to myself ‘It’s fine, you can breathe, it will go in..’ but I really felt like it wasn’t, so I felt a bit relieved when he pulled the parachute out and I could breathe again – but I was still loving every second of free-falling!

I had an amazing diver too, who was pointing out all of the mountains and everything else you could see in Queenstown from our incredible view. It was a bit cloudy on the day, but after we fell through the clouds (when the camera stopped – the camera diver had to fall faster than us to get to the ground first) we could see all of the snowy mountains and lakes, it was truly incredible!

You can see my video of the skydive HERE.

Here are a few photos:
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Here is the link to the skydive place: NZone Skydive
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ink to my YouTube Video: HERE
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Skiing at Cardrona

Getting back onto the travelling post, catch ups..

Whilst I was still in Queenstown, I decided to go skiing for the first time in my life! I have always wanted to try it, so I booked to have a lesson and it was so much fun!

Cardrona was such a beautiful place and made me feel all christmassy, although I did get a tiny bit sunburnt from the snow reflecting the sun!
The lessons were 3 hours each, and we had two of them. We learnt how to stop, put on our skiis, how to navigate, how to climb up a hill..

Eventually, we went up the small magic carpet (not the ski lift, this day) and got the chance to go down some steeper hills.
To be honest, I am not that good and not too confident whilst throwing myself down the hills haha but with some practice I will get better and a lot more confident!

The only downside to skiing is that the boots are SO PAINFUL! I came home from skiing with a long ling of blisters going across my right ankle which was pretty disgusting and very painful haha but it was definitely worth it!

Here are a few photos, and a link to the video when Mandy caught me falling over whilst going down a hill!
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Queenstown

Where do I start with Queenstown? The small world of adrenaline, scenery and adventure!
Firstly, on our way into Queenstown a few of us got off the bus as two girls wanted to do a A J Hacket Bungy Jump. This looked so scary and I would hate to do a Bungy Jump, although I’ve done a Canyon Swing and a Skydive – this is not my sort of thing! So Joanna went up, not caring at all and just easily jumped off with a smile (crazy girl!). I was so proud of her and jealous of her courage!DSC03771 DSC03772 DSC03781
We then got to Queenstown, had to say goodbye to some people including Joanna from the last photos, who was such a lovely girl and we got on so well!
The scenery in Queenstown was unbelievable – it was so beautiful here! I just wish it was cheaper to live there and had less backpackers everywhere!DSC03932 DSC03936 DSC03938
I went up the Sky Gondola’s one day, where they also have Luge rides – the view was insane! It was probably the best view that I have seen in my whole time being in New Zealand – apart from my skydive of course, I basically saw this view from the sky! But when we were looking out, we even got to see some parasailers! I would’ve loved to have done that, but I’m not too sure if you can pay to do it there? And, I had just done a skydive and a Canyon Swing!DSC03948
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We have heard about the famous ‘ice bar’ in Queenstown, so we had to go and it was so much fun! Everything is made out of ice, the seats, the walls and even the glasses (as pictured below). They give you gloves and a coat before you go in as it’s so cold, but we had an absolute blast!IMG_2042 IMG_2044 IMG_2046 IMG_2047 IMG_2089 IMG_2111
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hat’s all I need to say for Queenstown right now, I think! I have posted/or have scheduled some other posts from the activities that I did whilst in Queenstown – like skydiving, canyon swing and skiing at Cardrona. So look out for those!
I will also be posting the videos, too! Queenstown is an amazing place!
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Wanaka

Wanaka is such a pretty little place, there’s not too much there but it is stunning! The scenery down by the lake is incredible (if I can find a photo, if not I will have to google one to show you how beautiful it was!).

They also have a really cool Cinema called… Paradiso? They have sofa’s and have converted a van into seats which is so cool!
Before we left, Kiwi Experience took us to Puzzle World which was quirky. It was like a Optical Illusion house.. It was filled with illusions, puzzle games and really made you think about some things! They even had a massive room that went uphill, but looked like it was normal, so your balance and orientation was completely messed up! It was great fun!
I’ll put a few photos to show you what I mean!
Not much more to say, I apologise if I’m bad at re-capping on these places recently! I find it so hard to remember things, so I’m trying to push out as much as possible!
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Milford Sound

Oh my, Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful places in the world! I absolutely adored it here, even just being on the bus, it was gorgeous outside! The weather wasn’t great on the way down, but that did not matter at all. It’s New Zealand, everything is beautiful!DSC03828
(This is from the Lake Of Reflections – which didn’t really reflect due to the weather).
On the way to Milford Sound, we stopped at a service station that had Alpacas and we were allowed to feed them. As I am a complete animal lover, I was in my element and was a huge highlight of the journey, too! Although, they do like to spit on you, which I experienced a few times..
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Luckily, when we got to the dock to go on a small cruise through Milford Sound, the weather perked up a lot and was so sunny!

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Also, another highlight of Milford Sound was the fact that a Welsh man discovered it and named it Milford Sound after his hometown in Wales, Milford Haven (which is a bit of a dump). But still, those proud Welsh feels came out!

Here, is also where they filmed scenes from Wolverine, where he jumps off a waterfall – TRUE STORY, THAT!

Anyway, I think the photos speak for themselves!
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Wellington

Oh, Wellington.. This place reminds me of being back home, it has a dock, a city, it can be nice and peaceful walking around but also has some civilisation which I like having the option! (As I found that Queenstown was so nice, but it was always busy with backpackers everywhere!).
I was initially going to stay in Wellington for another 2 months to get a job, but then I thought that it was a bit pointless by the time I actually GET a job. I wouldn’t end up earning much, so I have left back to Auckland, ready to move onto Fiji and LA.
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Anyway, back onto Wellington..
I spent most of my time here in Starbucks, chilling out, looking for jobs and trying not to spend any more money! But they have a great range of free things to do, like the Te Papa Museum which is so incredible – especially the Gallipoli Exhibition by Weta Workshop! The exhibition was mindblowingly, great!
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Not to forget the fact that Wellington has it’s own Welsh Bar, I know, that’s right.. A Welsh Bar.
I have never seen one (apart from in Wales, of course..) but never in a different country, it’s always Irish. So I was pretty amazed, there also seemed to be a lot of Welsh people living around that area, as I would see a lot of Welsh flags outside houses..

Wellington also is the home of the All Blacks, at the Westpac Stadium! This is where I went to Comic-Con which was really cheap compared to others, but also not too big, not too small! Great fun for a day out!
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LINKS:
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Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach

This was my first stop, when I carried on travelling from Auckland – I was a bit nervous to get back on the bus, but it was completely fine! Hot Water Bech was really pretty, it is in a really small area but if you go down to the beach and dig holes in-between certain rocks, the water comes out BOILING HOT! This is because of the Geo-thermals, not that I know TOO MUCH about this, but the heat and water is coming from deeper inside the earths surface, causing it to be very hot! (Something along those lines, anyway!)
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Anyway, I thought that we’d looked really weird digging a little hole on the beach, but when we got there, it turns out that so many people, especially families were down there – not just digging small holes, but pools to bathe in! It was crazy, but such a great idea!
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I’ll just post the photos here, as there’s not too much that I can say now! Yes, my memory is very bad, especially when I’m trying to backtrack my travels! Apologies!
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