South Island activities

After we got off the ferry in Picton it’s been a pretty busy week here in New Zealand. Quite a lot of driving down the beautiful west coast of the South Island, and we made a few stops here and there on our way down to Queenstown.

Route South Island New Zealand

Queenstown might just be the extreme sport capital of the world. You’ll find just about any adrenalin-rushing activities you can think of here, and probably a few you haven’t even heard of. We decided to try out a couple we haven’t explored yet: Paragliding and Canyoning!

First out was paragliding. I had some butterflies before leaping off the cliff, but after that it was pure joy. It felt like flying, and I even spotted a hawk cruising along underneath us. My instructor, Omar, was great and got us down in one piece 🙂

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Next up was canyoning. This sport is basically about going down a river-canyon. There are several ways to get down: Walking, sliding, jumping, swimming, abseiling, and even zip-lining. We tried them all 🙂 It was an absolutely fantastic experience, quite a thrill and a bit physical too. The water was definitely not warm, so good thing we were active. I brought my GoPro with me, and I didn’t smash it against the rocks, so you can check out some photos and videos here 🙂

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And here’s the video 🙂

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