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Decided to get out of the city for the day and took the train to Porirua, where I went to Adrenaline Forest, a treetop assault course. It was the first time I’d ever seen a New Zealand passenger train – they are extremely rare due to lack of rail development, though I frequently saw Kiwi-Rail freight trains passing through Tauranga and Hastings. The trains seem to run on time, and are cheap for the area around Wellington at least.
Arriving at Adrenaline Forest, I get some brief initial training before being let loose on the course. There are 7 course in total, each increasing in level of difficulty. You start at level 1, which goes to a maximum of 3m high, and gradually progress through until you reach your limit. Having done something similar in the UK (Go Ape), I was fairly familiar with the set-up, but was surprised to find it got a lot physically harder, but lacked in some of the adrenaline rushes that the UK ones have. The flying foxes are generally less steep and lack speed, and there was only one Tarzan Swing on the last course. On the other hand, the long distances between trees combined with being 30m up, high winds and an uphill slant made some of the crossings extremely difficult. Good job I’m not afraid of heights! Ironically the hardest part of the course is actually clipping yourself into the Tarzan Swing, which doesn’t come nearly close enough, meaning a reach over the edge of the narrow tree-top platform you are on. Once clipped on, there is no way you can get the guts to clip back onto the tree, making the jump the easier option!« Previous post in category · Next post in category »