After spending 3 days walking the Routeburn Track Great Walk with Ashley and Rachel, we were back in Queenstown again but this time I had my mind set on doing a skydive once and for all. Me, Ashley and Rachel then hung out in Queenstown for a bit and we headed separate ways.
And this is what jumping off a moving plane and being plunged down by gravity from 15,000 ft feels like:
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Skydiving in Queenstown with NZONE
I love the AQHostel so much I stayed with them again for 2 nights. In the early morning, I went out and booked a skydive activity with the NZONE. It was cloudy and I had zero expectation at that point.
I checked in with them again, and the staff coldly said it was canceled. I stared at her and did not registered the answer for a full minute, and then she bursted out laughing. It took me a couple of minutes to realized that she was joking. Of course, I laughed like I knew what happened, but in my mind I was like "Don't play with me woman!".
I bought the 12000 ft plus videos and photos which costed me around 600 NZD. The good thing about the NZONE is that they have another cameraman with you if you bought the photos and videos package.
The anticipation was real. As I was about to suit up, the girls I met said that they were here yesterday and they were suited up like this but it was canceled right before they got on the plane.
"But not this time", I said to myself and then we were off. As the altitude climbed, I felt a little out of breath. As we reached 12,000 ft above the ground, the pilot announced that there were too many traffic on this altitude so we went up to 15,000 ft. "A free upgrade! That is what I'm talking about", I shouted.. interanlly.
And then BOOM! We were off the plane. My skydive tandem partner did all the job though.
I did feel a little scared when my legs were hanging down from the plane but after my skydive partner took control, it was a breeze. Bungee jumping was definitely more nerve wrecking.
The cameraman asked me to do the coolest pose. This was my coolest pose in that situation.
Before we went up, I asked another girl to write "Fuck Yeah!" on my hands. This was how I entered the last half of my 20s, with a big bang!
And then they pulled the parachute and all the excitement was over. I did learned about my partner during this slow period though.
He is Swedish and had been doing this for 10 years now. To tell you the truth, I was a little jealous of his job. Who wouldn't?
I went back to the hostel and met up with the girls. They decided to take that day off and rest. Who could blame them, we just walked the Routeburn track the previous day.
We went out to a Thai restaurant to celebrate our last day together, bought a few snacks and watch movies until sunrise. It was a fitting celebration for a memorable time.
We said goodbye to each other and then we went separate ways. They stayed in Queenstown for one more night and headed back to Dunedin, whereas I hopped on a bus to Lake Tekapo and continued on. We would never meet again for a long time.. or so we thought.
Next up, our journey continues upward to Lake Tekapo and then Mount Cook where I would be reunited again with my good friends Viola and Megan whom I met back in Franz Josef. We joined forces and tackled the Hooker Valley track together so stay tuned.
Continue Reading the Next Part: A Backpacking Guide to Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook.
Further Reading for Backpacking in New Zealand
I’ve spent 5 weeks backpacking in New Zealand and I have written a ton more about my journey traveling throughout New Zealand from the North Island to the South Island that you might help in your trip planning.
Here’s a selection of articles about New Zealand:
- Looking for a complete travel guide to spend one month in New Zealand on a budget? A Month In New Zealand On A Budget - The Perfect Backpacking Itinerary.
- New Zealand has a special place in my heart. It is one of the most memorable trips I have ever done and here are 10 things I love about New Zealand.
- If you are planning to start traveling in New Zealand from North to South, Rotorua is a great place to visit on your way South from Auckland. Here is a travel guide on things to do in Rotorua.
- Did you know that you can climb Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings in real life? Along the Tongariro Crossing trail, you have the option to summit Mount Ngauruhoe which was used as a reference for Mount Doom in the movie. Here a travel guide on how to hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in one day.
- Crossing from the North Island of New Zealand to the South is an experience in and of itself. See how to cross from the North Island to the South Island in New Zealand here.
- One of the first big city you will travel in the South Island is Nelson which has a laid-back vibe while Motueka, a sister town makes a great base to traveling to Abel Tasman National Park. Here’s a quick travel guide on things to do in Nelson and Motueka.
- One of the best Great Walk you can do is in the Abel Tasman National Park and you can do parts of it in one day. Here’s a complete guide on how to hike parts of the Abel Tasman Great Walk in one day.
- The West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand is not very popular among travelers, making it a great place to go off the beaten path. Here’s a travel guide on things to do, and where to go in West Port, New Zealand.
- Franz Josef or Fox Glacier, a question that has been asked for as long as travelers start traveling in New Zealand. It doesn’t really matter which one you pick as both are a great place to go ice climbing. Here’s a travel guide on how to go ice climbing on Franz Josef glacier with Ice Explorer.
- You must have a seen photo of a lone tree in a lake with beautiful mountains as a background somewhere. That’s in Wanaka, New Zealand and here’s travel guide on things to do in Wanaka in one day.
- Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world. If your body can endure it, you can find it in Queenstown. Here’s a 3 days itinerary on things to do in Queenstown.
- The Milford Sound is touristy, there’s no denying it and you are not wrong to be skeptical but I can assure you, it is worth the hype. Here’s a travel guide on which cruise to pick for the Milford Sound and how to get there.
- One of the best Great Walk in New Zealand you can do is the Routeburn Track. Here’s a complete 3 days itinerary and travel guide on how to trek the Routeburn Track.
- Mount Cook is the tallest mountain in New Zealand, and the best way to see it is to hike the Hooker Valley trail. Here’s a travel guide on visiting Mt. Cook and hiking the Hooker Valley trail.
- Dunedin is a great place to end your trip in New Zealand. After all the adventure you have been through, here’s how to spend 5 days in Dunedin, taking it slow and seeing the city at your own leisure.
- Not convinced by my words about New Zealand? Come follow me and I’ll show you New Zealand in 70 photos.
- You can see all my New Zealand travel guides and related articles on my New Zealand Travel Guide page.
The Solo Traveler’s Journal is a series of posts by BucketListly where we will follow our founder, Pete Rojwongsuriya around the world as he singlehandedly travel alone and experience different cultures, people, and historical locations one country at a time.
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