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I finally got the courage up to attempt a bungy jump. Headed to the Taupo Bungy site first thing, before I lost my nerve, and was lucky to find some people jumping. After some reassurance that it is a smooth ride and not a jerky one, I was persuaded to part with my money. Standing at the edge is a terrifying experience for a first timer. Some how I managed to jump, or at least fall forward, and must have had my eyes closed as the next thing I remember is plunging into the water. A few more bounces up and down, while spinning round at the same time and I was feeling thoroughly disorientated. With my hands tingling from being upside down, I was lowered head first into a boat which took me to shore. Unable to wipe the grin off my face, everything else I did today pales in comparison.
After a change into some dry clothes, I got a transfer up to the Craters of the Moon, a thermal area with lots of fumaroles (gaps in the ground from which steam emerges). You can do a short walk through the area and up to a lookout with views back to Taupo and the lake. Next I hit the Honey Hive where you can taste lots of different types of honey and start to appreciate just how mad for honey New Zealander’s are.
In the evening I went on a sailboat cruise with a group of Canadians out to some Maori carvings on Lake Taupo. It was great fun, and I got to steer the ship for a while and bring in one of the ropes. The carvings are relatively recent, and were done by abseilling down a cliff face, meaning that you can only see them from the water. I was the only one brave enough to go for a swim, and found the water the same temperature as the air.« Previous post in category · Next post in category »