wet, wet, wet
My first adventure in Queenstown was the Shotover Jet, the ultimate jet boat experience. We boarded a boat and it took us on a unique, breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons, and then as the driver signalled, we had to hold on tight as the boat spun a full 360 degrees. You could feel the cool water splashing on your face, and the wind as the boat turned. It is so much fun that even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Kate Middleton) did it when they visited Queenstown. I couldn’t get enough of the excitement and the feeling of the pumping adrenalin, and this time I chose white-water rafting on the Kawarau River with Queenstown Rafting. After being prepared in the full wetsuit rafting clothing, we were taken on a bus on a long narrow winding road to the starting point. Then the fun began. There were eight people including the instructor on our raft, the journey started out easy as we cruised sedately along the river, enjoying the scenic view, then the fun began. As the current got faster, we had some fun and exciting moments trying to stay on the raft and make sure it didn’t get turned upside-down. We were given some prior safety instructions on what to do. During one tricky phase we had to make sure we stayed on the raft and, at the same time, all had to jump to the left side of the raft. I accidentally knocked over a person who sat beside me and he fell out of the raft and straight into the river. Thankfully, he was alright and rather enjoyed the experience! At the end is the unforgettable, 400-metre Dog Leg, New Zealand’s longest commercially rafted rapid. You want to know what it feels like? It’s like the impact of a car crash as the raft hit the 400m fall. It was a bit scary but a lot of fun.