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Today was all about fun, we decided to drive straight to Queenstown first thing this morning, it took about 2 hours from Te Anau and we got there about 11am.. we found a park in town and headed straight to AJ Hackett to book, Gary, Ian, Savannah and Tessa in for their bungy jump. Once we got there they decided to do both the ledge bungy and the swing, it was raining and freezing cold so we weren't sure how it was going to go but we are only here for today and tomorrow so we decided to just go ahead and do it!
On the way up to the Gondola ride that would take us up we spotted the place we were staying.. literally on the same street so that was handy, we then spotted a cemetary which did nothing to calm Ian's nerves LOL
We got to the gondola and booked ourselves in for 5 Luge rides as well (for Wendy and I and the two boys as we weren't doing the bungy)
Hopped on the Gondola, tried to get a couple of pics as the views were spectaculr but it was raining so this is the best I could get and got to the top.. it was absolutely freezing cold outside.. the coldest we have experienced since being in NZ.. the outside temp was about 12 degrees but the wind is what got to us
The daredevils checked in at the bungy counter and got on the ledge ready to go. Wendy, myself and the boys had a viewing platform to view and photograph and it was a great spot except it was so bloody cold and we had basically 8 jumps to sit through!
The first person to go was Gary on the Swing and that was cool to watch. Ian was hilarious as he looked so serious, he is absolutely terrified of heights so this was a big acheivement for him! Then Savannah and lastly Tessa.. no need to comment on these swings as the photos speak for themselves.
The next thing they did was bungy, this was a bit different to normal as they actually ran and jumped off this platform instead of the traditional waddle to the end and launch. Again Gary was first and he said he was absolutely terrified and actually hesitated before finally making the decision to just do it before launching himself in the wussiest way LOL
Ian, having watched Gary think it over a bit too much decided, not to think about it all and took a flying leap and swan dived off the platform! It looked really cool as you can see from the photos.

Halfway through taking photos of Ian my camera batttery died!!!! So I don't have photos of Savannah bungy jumping on my camera but we did buy the video and camera pack so there will be photos to share. Tessa poor darling after having to sit there through the other 3 psyched herself out of the bungy jump but she still did awesome by doing the swing.
After the bungy we climed the hill to do the luge, I had to conquer my fear of heights by going on a ski lift (which I hate) I did this by going with Wendy or Gary and closing my eyes the whole time!
It was worth it as the luge cars were heaps of fun.
After the luge we raced to the car to discover we had parked in a 15minute parking zone and got a $30 parking fine LOL.. we thought this was pretty cheap parking and didn't worry about it :)
We then drove out to Arthurs Point to do the Shotover Jet boat ride. Rhett was very nervous and wasn't at all sure about this ride but we talked him into it and he is so glad we did. It was so much fun and he ended up wanting to do it again!! We have photos of that too but not on the computer :)
Finally we checked into the place we were staying and walked down to a restaraunt we had been told about called Flames, where we received the most amazing meal I think I have ever eaten (because my battery was being charged on the camera, I have no photos but Wendy has some and will share when I get them off her) Gary, Ian and Wendy and the rib and beef and they bought it out on a bread board, that was how big the meal was! I had the seafood platter where I tried mussels for the first time and discovered that I do like them.. might even bring myself to try oysters next!!
After we finished we tipped our waitress who was awesome and I gave Wendy my half of the bill and we all left to wait outside while she paid up. While she was waiting the people before her were having problems with their card so she wandered around the restaraunt looking at the views etc, all of a sudden there was a bit of a concern from some of the staff members talking seriously and looking around anxiously, it dawned on her that they thought we had done a runner on our bill (which was $300!) LOL poor buggers were so relieved when she walked up to them and said are you looking for me :)
We walked back to our room had a couple of drinks, laughed at the photos and am just about to head to bed now :)

Posted by sonya13 02:35 Archived in New Zealand Tagged tourist_sites

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