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Youtube: Franz Josef Glacier, NZ!

Here is my video of my trip to the Franz Josef Glaciers in New Zealand. This was one of the most amazing days and experiences that I had in New Zealand and would love to do it all over again in an instance!

Zoe
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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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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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Franz Josef Glacier Guides

Oh my god, this was THE best trip that I have been on! I absolutely loved this day so much, we got to fly up to the Franz Josef Glaciers in a helicopter, then we got to trek through the glaciers for three hours and it was so beautiful!
DSC03570DSC03510DCIM100GOPROGOPR2381.Firstly we got all kitted up before we went up, so we had Over-Trousers (to stop our layers getting wet), Crampons (to make our boots stick into the snow really well) and a waterproof/wind proof jacket. Once we were ready, we were heading off to the helicopter straight away and man, we were excited!
I have never been in a helicopter before, so this was like an added extra for me for the trip! Too much fun, doesn’t even feel like you’re moving surprisingly!
DSC03550We got onto the glaciers within 5 minutes and made a move through the snow and ice straight away. Our guide for the day was Jack, who was really informative, liked to have a joke and a laugh and made it even more fun up on the glaciers (and kept us safe, of course!).
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I was surprised at how high we climbed the glaciers when we saw other people higher up, but you really didn’t feel like you were climbing that far anyway! We couldn’t work out the actual scale of the glaciers until we saw other people there, like in the photo above! It was crazy!
Even when we were in the helicopter, I thought that he was going to hit the ground, but it turns out that we were so far away from it!DSC03530We had three hours of hiking up the glaciers and I loved every minute of it, especially when we went through a really narrow ice cave! That was a lot of fun, although I did think that I could potentially get stuck as I crawled through haha!

It really was one of the best trips that I have ever done, I learnt so much, got some amazing photos and had some really funny photo opportunities and it was nice to do it with all of my new friends from Kiwi Experience.DSC03533
DCIM100GOPROGOPR2438.I would highly recommend doing this trip if you’re in Franz Josef, or even if you’re in New Zealand in general – it’s definitely worth making the effort to travel here! They even let you have free entry to their Hot Pools after the Glaciers too, which was incredible! I could’ve stayed in the 38 degree pool for hours, sadly I got too hungry!DSC03563

But yes, I will post a link to the tour HERE and if you have any questions about this, then feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email!

Would you like to do this? Or have you done it before?
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LINKS:
Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Kiwi Experience

TOKYO VLOG!

So I have finally got around to uploading my Tokyo Vlog – sorry it has taken so long!
I had such an amazing time there and I’m already missing it!

A lot of people have asked about the Studio Ghibli Museum aswell, as there was a tiny bit of footage – I wasn’t allowed to take photos or record in there sadly, but it was a stunning building with character stained glass windows and lots of tunnels and holes for you to walk through!

Hope you enjoy!

Here is my YouTube Channel.