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October 21, 2009 Queenstown, New Zealand

Posted by on October 21, 2009

Our pictures of New Zealand will not do it justice. We’re staying right on Lake Wakatipu with gorgeous views of the lake and mountains. Their ski season ended last week, but there’s still snow on the mountains. Queenstown is fairly small and we’ve walked everywhere. This area is surrounded by adventure sports – bungee jumping from 440 feet, heli skiing and biking, rock climbing, caving, and white water rafting.

We went on a jetboat on the Shotover River, through canyons. It was wet, cold, and really fun. We went to Onsen Hot Pools, private indoor/outdoor hot pools that overlook the mountains and Shotover River. We took a gondola to the top of the mountain and rode the luge at the top.

We also went skydiving from 15,000 feet! We thought about bungee jumping, but decided to throw ourselves out of an airplane instead. It was a fabulous experience but a lot colder than I expected. My instructor knocked the wind out of me tightening my harness. The plane took off so fast and climbed so quickly I didn’t have time to be scared.


Shotover Jet Boat on the Shotover River



Looking down on Queenstown from the Skyline Gondola



Cindy in Queenstown


Onsen Hot Pools overlooking the Shotover River


Skydiving from 15,000 feet!


Skydiving over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu


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