The Adrenaline Capital of the World
May 6, 2000   New Zealand
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Skydiving from 13,000 feet! Woohoo!
Skydiving from 13,000 feet! Woohoo!
What a blast we've had in New Zealand! New friends, glowing worms, and living in a van.
Old posts from my very first travel website and my first backpacking trip (a year in 2000-2001)!

New Zealand has been so much fun! We traveled around in the van we bought and had a cozy time of it. We thought Steve’s apartment was small for us to live in! Somehow we have managed to survive without killing each other.
We bought this van and had to pay $9 at the post office to register it.
We bought this van and had to pay $9 at the post office to register it.
We had a full bed and cook top. Was hard learning to drive on the opposite side of the road!
We had a full bed and cook top. Was hard learning to drive on the opposite side of the road!
Apr 16 was culture shock going from primitive Fiji to the city of Aukland. Everywhere seems to be very backpacker friendly, including free tea and coffee and phone calls at the airport. Also definitely the adrenaline capital of the world. Tons of extreme sports - if you can call being bounced down a hill in a giant hamster ball a sport!
That's me rolling down the hill in a giant hamster ball. LOL
That's me rolling down the hill in a giant hamster ball. LOL
We spent the night in the parking lot in our van so we could get up early for the hot water.
We spent the night in the parking lot in our van so we could get up early for the hot water.
When the tide it out, everyone frantically starts digging. You don't have to dig down too far to get to the hot water and dig your own little hot pool.
When the tide it out, everyone frantically starts digging. You don't have to dig down too far to get to the hot water and dig your own little hot pool.
It is now a few days away from our flight so we are in Christchurch trying to sell the van. It is fall here, so it’s getting cold. We got some rain, and have had very chilly nights. We met some nice people along the way that we traveled with in the north island. The south island is beautiful. Everywhere we’ve driven in NZ there has been beautiful scenery, nice people, and sheep.
The puke ferry. OMG It was so rough that everyone was hurling during the ride from the North to the South island.
The puke ferry. OMG It was so rough that everyone was hurling during the ride from the North to the South island.
Many-legged star and an itty bitty star.
Many-legged star and an itty bitty star.
We met some Maori diving for fresh kina (sea urchin). They ate them right on the spot.
We met some Maori diving for fresh kina (sea urchin). They ate them right on the spot.
Some fab hiking around a lot of wildlife.
Some fab hiking around a lot of wildlife.
Sheep, sheep, and more sheep.
Sheep, sheep, and more sheep.
We did some caving in Waitomo to see the glow worms. They decked us out in full wet suits for our hike/inner tube/swim through the underground caves with little blue start all over the ceiling (glow worms).

We did a ropes course in Taupo where we had to climb a 45 foot telephone pole, stand on the top of it, and leap for a trapeze (we had a harness on, but it hardly made it less scary).
Ropes course, oh boy.
Ropes course, oh boy.
To the right is someone doing the final challenge about to leap for the trapeze.
To the right is someone doing the final challenge about to leap for the trapeze.
I went skydiving in Taupo and had an absolute blast! Falling out of the sky is highly recommended. Steve has done it before so he went swimming with the dolphins instead. Tons of dolphins and he got to pay with them.

We even saw wild penguins and naturally spherical boulders. Then we both did Nevis - the highest bungy in NZ! Holy shit. It is 134 meters high. We had to take a cable car out to the pod and jumped off the platform into the canyon. Wow! Then Steve went for a second jump off a bridge, did a fabulous back dive, and got dunked in the river below. We love it here, but now it’s almost time to go.
Moreaki boulders.
Moreaki boulders.
Nevis bungeeeeee!
Nevis bungeeeeee!
OMG OMG OMG I was so scared.
OMG OMG OMG I was so scared.
But this is me afterward - how exhilarating!!
But this is me afterward - how exhilarating!!

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