All posts for the month September, 2015

Skydiving, Second Birthdays and Cycling

Published September 2, 2015 by ElisaChristy

As it was my birthday in August I decided to book to go skydiving over Mount Doom from Lord of The Rings or as it is more commonly known Mount Ngauruhoe, however on my birthday as it’s winter in New Zealand the skydive was cancelled and I re-booked for a week later and decided i could just pretend it was my birthday when I went skydiving.

Skydiving from 15,000 feet is definitely an experience I am going to remember and well worth doing, any doubts or fears I may have had about parachutes not opening etc. were put to rest after finding out that the instructors have anywhere between 5,000 and 20,000 jumps experience each and in my case the one thing I had thought would definitely not happen did…that is I threw up. Into my hand. Not into the instructor’s face or 30 feet towards the ground. No. The actual skydive was over and we were safely parachuting down towards the ground and not wanting to throw up on any poor innocent sheep in the fields I threw up into my hand instead. I was fine afterwards, but still, you don’t want to be that person.

As someone who hasn’t really suffered from motion sickness since turning five years old (that is as long as I don’t read in a car or go backwards, how do people read in cars? How?) I thought I would be fine, luckily I was not the first person this had happened to and the skydiving people gave me water after I landed and made sure I was okay. If you do not suffer from motion sickness at all, then skydiving will definitely be fine for you.

Also, last weekend I went to Rotorua, the land of hot springs, seriously they’re everywhere, where I took a cycling tour to see as much of Rotorua as I could in the one full day I was there. Rotorua smells like sulphur but you get used to it after a while and there really are hot springs of water just in the street and in most people’s gardens too. However, there are also cold water springs too, and acidic springs and alkaline springs some of them right next to each other, which I’m sure can’t make sense geographically but there you are. As a result, bathing in any pool you find on the beach may be possible but is not really recommended, at least not anymore, unless of course you know the difference between alkaline and acidic water like I don’t.

Instead you can go to bath houses where you know the pools aren’t going to burn your skin off. There were many other things I wanted to do In Rotorua that I didn’t get the chance to do, so I will definitely be going back there in the near future.