What a hilarious day we have had, and just such fun! We actually think that this has been one of our best days so far because we just did not stop all day!
We woke up to the most beautiful sunny morning, had our usual porridge breakfast and headed off for the first adventure of the day…the famous Shotover Jet!
Even though it was a sunny day it was extremely cold and so we dressed up in about seven different layers, hat, gloves, scarfs etc.
The Shotover Jet was ridiculously cool, the drivers are unbelievably skilled and for the whole 25 minutes on the boat I could not stop laughing! The company has been running for 50 years and it does not disappoint, it is an absolute must do if you go to Queenstown! On your trip you get 25 minutes on the boat where you zoom through canyons where the driver drifts the boat at 80kph towards the rocks and gets within an inch of them to scare you. You will then get a signal from them that they are going to attempt a 360 degree spin, and that spin is just too amazing…both Elliot and I are surprised that no one has ever fallen out of the boat! We sat at the front next to the driver which was really cool as we could see how he drove it and also made for some wicked GoPro footage!
After a seriously thrilling and just awesome experience we couldn’t quite resist doing it again, especially since it was only for £10, so we hopped back on the boat this time right at the back and a different driver. We are SO pleased we did it again, the driver was far more experienced and so pushed it a little further with how close he got to the rocks and how fast he went. The back of the boat was also far more scary and fun as you can see a lot more, feel as though you are going faster and it’s just way better…so if you ever do go on the Shotover Jet, get yourself to the back, and sit on the edge!
After an awesome morning we headed back into Queenstown and went straight up the Skyline Gondola to do the Skyline Luge…this is where our competitive streaks came out! The luge is basically a toboggan run on concrete; you are sat in a little cart and you fly down a track at quite a speed before jumping on a chair lift back to the top to do it all again. There was a rule of “No racing please”, but for Elliot and I there was no chance of following that, we both wanted to win! I thought I definitely had this in the bag because I have tobogganed a lot before, however this was totally different!
We had five runs on the track, the first run I won by a clear gap. The second run Elliot did win fair and square which made me really competitive for the third. I personally didn’t think the third race was fair as I was crashed into by Kiwi experience people and then they trapped me so Elliot won that one. Oh also, I had a GoPro on, so I have video evidence of all the races! I then got seriously competitive on the fourth race, there was no chance he was going to win this one…I was winning most of the way down and then Elliot zoomed up beside me, but there were no rules on pushing, so I crashed into the side of his cart and flew ahead to win! All square, we headed up for the last race, game faces on, focused and ready to race. The GoPro didn’t work on this race and so thankfully there is no evidence of who won, and frankly I don’t think it needs mentioning!
Since our competitiveness was already rather high, we decided to go and play mini golf. This mini golf was the coolest one I have ever seen; it had working ski lifts, a rocket that takes off and an exploding volcano. It was basically a mini town! Again this was rather too competitive, a few little grumps when things didn’t go our way, but it was just such a hilarious hour! Thankfully we drew!
To finish off a brilliant day, we went out for a lovely dinner at Madam Woo which is an Asian restaurant, it had seriously delicious food and we had a really great evening.
What a day, just completely packed with activities and all huge fun…I don’t think we stopped laughing all day! It was a fantastic way to end in Queenstown!
Bye for now
ps. I always read my blogs to Elliot before I post them, and he didn’t think I was fair the way I wrote the luge…he’s now in a bit of a grump so would like me to write that the first race I won because he mucked up a turn (don’t muck up the turn if you want to win) and secondly that he flew past the Kiwi experience people in order to win (rather dangerously I thought)!