LEARNING Fly TO
Bridget Th can't fly, but she finds parasailing in the Bay of Islands is the next best thing.
A sk me what superhero super strength I would like to have given the chance and I would tell you it would be the ability to fly. I spent many childhood holidays jumping off rocks into blue lakes and seas. I have been launched off cliff tops in a hang-glider and thrown myself out of a plane skydiving, but the thought of doing a bungeejump has strangely always terrified me - so I went on a mission to find what could possibly be the next fix for this adventure seeker. I live in the beautiful Bay of Islands, which is a scenic three hour drive or 40 minute flight north of Auckland. The Bay of Islands has 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula. The Bay of Islands is simply beautiful. It is well known as a maritime adventure playground with an abundance of marine wildlife, including penguins, dolphins, marlin, whales and much more. There are many land-based tours and boat trips out to the islands but I really wanted to see it from the air. I had heard many good reviews about parasailing providing a high-flying experience of a lifetime, so I gave the guys at Bay of Islands Parasail a call. They are a 100 per cent family and Kiwi-owned business, offering the chance to parasail at 1300 feet high from the boat. They are the only company that offers parasail out among the islands and offer solo, tandem or triple parasail flights which are suitable for most ages. You could even be lucky enough to see dolphins below you. First up, when you arrive at their dock on the Paihia Wharf, you are given a boat safety briefing once on board the parasail boat. As you motor out into the bay, the crew will kit you out in helmets, life jackets and parasailing harnesses and explain how they work and fit best for comfort. Once at the flight zone, you'll get a final briefing about the parasailing procedures and safety, then the first flyers are ready to go. As the boat accelerates, the parasail lifts you off the launching deck and into the air. Once airborne, the towline is slowly released by winch and you'll soar into the air, high above the water. After a few minutes you'll be at maximum altitude, so you can take in the amazing views over the Bay of Islands. When it's time to descend