Getting a little adventurous in New Zealand! – Part I
So I’m not the most adventurous person in the world but I try to do something really out of my comfort zone at least once a year…Usually nothing too extreme but something that will really push me. New Zealand is the best place to get outdoors and try new and exciting things (yes I’m biased because this is my home!) I’m going to share a few of my adventurous actives with you in a three post special J and perhaps even convince you to give them a go!
The Sky Tower has been an Auckland icon for the past 19 years, it stands at an impressive 328m tall and offers 360° views of the city. What’s unique about this tower is that you’re able to jump off it…So I did after a little persuasion!
Sanjay bought me a voucher to do the jump for my birthday last year, to be honest it wasn’t exactly what I wanted but he thought it was, since I had mentioned (jokingly) that I should do something like jump off the Sky Tower, I guess I can’t blame him entirely. I put it off for so long that the voucher expired (which I was secretly a little bit pleased about) but my lovely husband explained the situation and was able to extend the date for me! So I finally decided to take the plunge. The night before the big jump I watched the forecast in hope that the weather was going to be terrible and that we’d have to cancel but no such luck…For obvious reasons jumps will be postponed or cancelled if the wind is blowing over 70kmph or in cases of extreme weather.
We rocked on up to the check in desk the next morning – I decided to get the jump out of the way early instead of thinking/worrying about it all day. The process began with a weigh in and consent forms agreeing that you understand that the company is not responsible should you injure yourself or worse!
After you’ve signed your life away it’s time to get suited up in hideous blue, yellow and red jumpsuits – I’m not really sure why I was so concerned what I looked like when I was about to jump off a building! They also make sure your shoelaces are tied super tight.…I had someone yanking at my leg trying to pull my shoes off! The next step is getting harnessed, at the same time the jump master gives you a pep talk and tries to get you ready for the big jump – I don’t think I actually heard a word he said I was way too nervous.
The SkyJump is New Zealand’s highest jump and the only base jump by wire. It’s different to bungy jumping because the fall is controlled, that doesn’t make it any less scary though, it’s still a 192m drop at 85kmph!
My walk to the edge of the Sky Tower was absolutely terrifying, it wasn’t even a walk I basically pin stepped to the edge. I was clinging onto the railing for dear life, then the lady told me to let go and step out, I stared at her with giant bewildered eyes…
There was a group of people doing the Sky Walk (a harnessed walk around the outside rim of the building) who had stopped to watch me, they started cheering me on and clapping, I felt like I was in feel good movie where everyone was encouraging me to score the final touch down or something! Then I thought what the heck, I’ve come this far already and stepped off the edge…The cheers of encouragement faded into the distance…
It was the longest 11 seconds of my life and I screamed like never before but it was amazing! Absolutely exhilarating like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. As you come close to the end there’s a giant red padded bulls eye to aim for as you land…and yes I did land on it!
Sanjay (who’s done the jump before) was waiting for me at the bottom and took hundreds of photos as I somewhat plummeted to the ground – My legs were absolute jelly afterwards! This is probably one of the craziest things I’ve ever done but I’m really proud of myself for doing it and I do recommend it to anyone who’s up for a bit of an adrenaline rush without going full on bungy.
Happy Travels, Priti X
I think I was a little shocked after actually doing the jump!