This morning Chris and I went paragliding! My present to him for his birthday :) I booked our tickets via BookMe as it's a bit cheaper than going directly with the company. We flew with Fly Paragliding and they were awesome; the wind was a bit low but the experience was still amazing. We were picked up in town and taken to Coronet Peak to our take off location. We were coached on what take off would be like and then we were off.
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The Nevis Swing is the biggest swing in the whole world. The arc is 300m and you "swing" at 120kph, pretty intense. We were supposed to do this right after our bungee, but the wind was too strong so it was rescheduled for the next day. This platform isn't suspended like the bungee, but it is at the end of a long metal bridge into the middle of the cliff.
There's an option of going by yourself or tandem, meaning attached to someone else that's doing it. We decided to go tandem. The other thing you must decide is how you'd like to be strapped in.
(I tried to take these so you can see the bridge in the background of the main course board, and the bungee platform in the background of the sweet treats board.)
Our friend Drew was with us as well. He went first and decided on the upside down starter.
We chose the forward tandem main. The final decision you get to make is whether you want the crew guys to release you whenever they want, your friends to push the button, or for you to tell them when. We let the crew decide.
Watch the video to get the full effect of how high this actually is!!
Let me know if you've ever done this or the bungee, and which you preferred!
Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world, and when in Rome, you do something crazy. So one breezy morning Chris and I gathered ourselves for a mini adventure in the form of Australasia's highest and the world's third biggest bungee jump. The Nevis bungee measures 134 meters high (that's 440 feet, or about 36 stories), we were ready.
We checked in bright and early, met a few friends, got marked for identification purposes, and boarded the bus to take us away. (Excited yet?)
We caught our first glimpse of what we were going to be jumping from as we approached our destination. (Can you spot the highwire cable car hanging in between two cliffs on the left hand side? Yup, that's where we were headed.)
After getting suited up and weighed in we went to get a better look at where we would be jumping from.
So with a short ride over in a cable car we were finally there.
People jump heaviest first so I had quite a bit of waiting to do. The energy inside a bungee pod is incredible. The music is blaring, getting you pumped. Everyone around you is nervous, excited, scared, crying, laughing, acting tough, and anything else you can think of. Chris's turn came and having already done a bungee last year he knew a bit of what to expect.
And then it was my turn.
Right. So at this point I'm ll strapped up, ready to go, waiting for the guy before me to get pulled up so it can finally be my turn. Everyone that's preceded me had gotten out of the chair, hobbled to the edge of that silver platform, smiled for a few pictures, had a quick 3-2-1 countdown and were off! BUT this wouldn't be the case for me. No, mine was much, much more exciting. Want to know what happens? Watch the video below to find out what happens. Be ready to be at the edge of your seat as you join me in this gut wrenching, high adrenaline bucketlist tick!
And as a special little updated treat here is finally the video of Chris bungy jumping!!!
He finally downloaded his video.