New Zealand fun!!!

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Just got back from New Zealand and had to share this:



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Wow, my respect to you for doing this. Very cool. I dont think that I would have the guts...or the desire, for that matter. Anyway, be glad you didnt end up like the folks:

Airplanes may kill you, but they ain't likely to hurt you. - Satchel Paige

Ouch XD

I've always wanted to go bungee jumping, if I ever get the opportunity to do it, I definitely will. Hitting the water at the bottom must have hurt a bit though?

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Not really....

You're almost stopped when you get to the bottom, getting ready to start back up. You can hear the guys doing the safety checks to make sure everything is hooked. I can't remember if they were recording at the time, but the guy asked me if it was OK to slap the water. I told him that would be fine. He said, "good, it's a new rope and it might stretch a bit." This was only a 150 foot jump, and it was intended for you to hit the water. The first one was 260 feet and it was over 8 or 10 inches of water. THAT one was a little spooky! I didn't get even close to the water, but it was still fun.

Here's the first one:


Ahhh oki :)

Must have felt amazing then, looks awesome doing stuff like that. The first one you just sent me is insane though XD After seeing that I definitely want to go to New Zealand! I love thrill-seeking stuff like that.

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Let me just post some other things to do while you're there!!!!

Where I did the second bungy (first video) is at Lake Taupo (middle of the north island). The lake is fed by 47 rivers coming in and only 1 going out. They give jet boat rides down on the river in 2 places ( We rode this one on our honeymoon (not my video) and the other one is further down in the rapids. They don't let you take your camera on it because you get SOAKED! It's longer, is more fun and is $10 less.

North of Taupo is Rotorua which is New Zealands geothermal area. You can ride the Zorb (, which is 4 or 5 inches of water inside the inside ball. You "float" in it and roll down the hill (my video) and is a blast! You can also go to a luge track ( and race down the hill on a small cart (not my video). We spent several hours there the last time and raced down 8 times on the 3 different tracks.

The glow worm caves at Waitomo was the most amazing thing I've ever seen. It's like going into Lewis and Clark caverns or Carlsbad Caverns, or anything like that, but you're walking along pathways hundreds of feet underground. They shut the lights off and you look up and it's like looking at stars, but they're worms on the ceiling (

In Auckland (up near the north part of the north island) they have the sky tower and you can jump off it. It's like $200 for a 10 second ride ( I haven't done this yet, but I'd like to.

We left Wellington (capital of New Zealand and sits at the bottom of the north island) and took the 3-1/2 hour ferry ride to Picton on the south island ( The weather was nice on both the trip there and the trip back, so we didn't have a ride like this: We ran out of time, but were planning on doing the dolphin tour (

Sorry, I hate to sound like a travel agent but I get carried away when I talk about it over there. It is absolutely gorgeous. We're talking about going back in 3 years and doing nothing but a tour of the south island. They've said it's more beautiful than the north island and if the area around Picton is any indication, they're right.



Haha, I can honestly say I wasn't expecting such a thorough reply XD I'm actually overwhelmed by all the videos and it just looks amazing Laughing out loud Thanks so much. I've even decided to bookmark this page just in case I do end up going, would hate to miss out.

Thank you so much you must have had such a great time Laughing out loud

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I've been there 3 times and

I've been there 3 times and was REALLY looking forward to this last trip. You have to realize that I live in western Kansas. There are miles and miles of absolutely flat nothing out here. The roads go as far as the eye can see in a straight line, there's few trees and even less water. Except for a month or two in spring, everything is brown, unless there's snow on the ground. When I get the chance to go where the road is never straight for more than a few hundred yards, where there's hills and mountains and trees everywhere you look, where they actually have water under the bridges not just tumble weeds, where you can go snow skiing in the mountains in the morning and water skiing on the beach that afternoon, where every little place has an extreme sport of some type, I tend to get excited!!!! LOL

The little bit that I showed you is just a fraction of what's there. Go to YouTube and search for New Zealand. When you get through looking at all the scenery, add an extreme to the end to see all the bungy jump/luge track/zorb/swing things they have there.

I'm lucky that I have family there. It costs us air fare to get there and back, and some spending money. We stay with her family and they rarely let us pay for anything. We have to crowd in quick with our credit cards or we'd never get to pay for a thing!

I know it sounds cliche, but it is truly a paradise. Since they drive on the other side of the road from Americans, my wife doesn't let me drive. That's fine with me. I spent most of the time with a digital camera around my neck and a camcorder in one hand. I had "tourist" stamped on my forehead in bold letters in a 72 point font!!! LOL

Glad you liked it and I hope you get to go there soon. Once you've been there, you'll be as hooked as I am....LOL