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New Zealand - Queenstown ...not for the faint-hearted!

Thankfully our hitch-hiking was a success and our mountain-bike champion Chris dropped us off safely in Queenstown that afternoon. Considering we arrived alive and well we decided to head out that night to celebrate! (Any excuse I know!) Coincidentally the first people we bumped into on the side of the street were our English mates we met in Peru...James, Chris and Louis!

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That night we also had a reunion with Emma, Kelly and Colin from our original Kiwi bus and headed to Queenstown's popular World Bar! (We ended up there most nights and got a tad addicted to their teapot drinks!)

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Oh ...I forgot to mention we stopped off in the infamous Fergburger restaurant even before we checked into our hostel, we also went after our night out ....and the following day for dinner!! After realising we had been 3 times in the space of 24 hours we had no choice but to declare a Fergburger ban .....sad times!

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The first adrenaline pumping activity we did was the Canyon Swing. Now about a year ago my boss Mary showed me a hilarious video of a 90 year old Irish granny plunging into the canyon.... I announced that I was going to go to New Zealand and find the swing. Unfortunately for me a promise is as promise so off we went .... You can choose from a variety of options of how to be thrown into the canyon. We decided that having paid quite a bit we wanted to get our moneys worth ...so we picked the scariest one ....'Gimp boy goes to Hollywood' Basically your dangling by your ankles upside down until they decide to pull the lever! ....well there's no other word to describe the experience other than HORRIFYING!!!

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We got a video made but as it was just filled with extremely vulgar words from start to finish I decided to put a soundtrack over it before uploading it anywhere!

Canyon Swing Video

The following day we headed off to Milford Sound along with most people from our Kiwi bus. This is one of the world's UNESCO heritage sites and was definitely worth taking a day trip to. The boat ride was really scenic..... but I have to say compared to jumping into canyons it did get a lil bit boring!

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Our next activity was the Nevis Bungy Jump ...just a quick jump off a 134m drop ....easy peasy!!! To be fair I think it really helped that we were out the night before and were still quite giddy!!! ....I literally had the time off my life up there!! After our first jump we asked could we do it again ....so the second time we jumped head first with our hands held behind our backs ...was great craic altogether!!!

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Nevis Bungy Jump Video

It was another celebration that night ....this time it was that we were alive after plunging 134m!! At this stage everyone from our 2nd Kiwi bus had got to Queenstown so everyone was out and about!! Some of the bungy instructors also joined us and as the night went on we wondered were we right in trusting these guys with our lives!!!!

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That same night we met Shane who lives in New Zealand and works at Buffalo bar. He kindly gave us a fair amount of drink vouchers ....and it was this generous act of kindness that we decided to blame for us missing our bus the following morning!!!

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Seeing as we now had an extra day in Queenstown we decided to meet a friend from High School Ciara ....who brought us out on the K Jet boat. Not the best when you're hungover but still great fun!! That night myself and Di spent a romantic night 'chilling' in the local Ice bar so all in all ....
.....Queenstown was really not the worst place we could have been stuck in!

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Thankfully the following day there was a few spare seats on the Kiwi bus so it was finally time to leave Queenstown ...and give the ole livers a rest for a few days!!

Posted by Julie Kavanagh 04:25 Archived in New Zealand

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