Queenstown in the south island is known to be the adrenaline rush capital of New Zealand – from here, you can go skydiving, bungee jumping, swinging over a gorge, or whitewater rafting.
Personally, I found the entire place to be over-hyped, over-priced, and under-impressive, but you can do all sorts of crazy things here – if you have the cash. For example, I’m not crazy enough to do this, but there are a variety of ways you can swing across a canyon – jumping off, tipping over backwards while sitting on a chair, riding a tricycle over the edge, etc:
White water rafting down through Skippers Canyon down the Shotover River. I was looking forward to this adventure my entire time in New Zealand, but it was a major flop – there was maybe 30 seconds worth of excitement in 2 hours of rafting.
Honestly, the best part of the trip was taking a bus into Skippers Canyon – it’s this unpaved dirt road that creeps along the edges of the Shotover Canyon. One errant twitch, one wrong turn, and the bus could go plunging down a hundred feet to its certain doom – and there weren’t even any guardrails on the road! No wonder it was one of three roads that car rental company prohibited us from driving on.
No photos, unfortunately – on top of charging us $200 for a distinctly boring whitewater rafting experience, the company wanted to charge another $50 for four (4) photographs. Eff that!
And like golf, there are 18 ‘holes’ in a round. After the first couple holes, you can’t even see where the goal is! And my god, the trees! Maybe 20% of my view is covered with tree trunks, but I had a 80% chance of having my disk bounce off a tree.
Par x 3
Bogey x 8
Double Bogey x 3
Triple Bogey x 3
Unspeakable x 1
It was terribly fun, but I’m taking this as a sign that I shouldn’t quit my job and join an ultimate frisbee team.
Amusingly, shops in the area charged $5 per day for a frisbee rental, and sold them for $40. $40 for a frisbee!
Puzzling World: not actually in Queenstown but nearby (which probably explains why it’s awesome), I spent an entire day working on, admiring, and raging at puzzles.