South Island, NZ: Queenstown & The Ledge Bungy

South Island, NZ: Queenstown & The Ledge Bungy

#NewZealand's South Island is certainly not short on adventures. Our adrenaline was on overdrive when we went on an #active jet #boating tour. Twists and turns and times I swore we'd hit the wall, but miraculously didn't. If that wasn't enough, later that day we decided to try our hand at bungy jumping - from 400 meters up in the air!


The next morning we headed over to Shotover Jet at Shotover Canyon where we had our first experience riding jet boats! This is an exhilarating ride where they fly through the canyon, spin the boat 360 degrees, and come within inches of the canyon wall. This got our blood pumping and we were excited about the rest of the day, which we had scheduled as our extreme sports day!

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Jetboating at the Shotover Canyon

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 Queensland, Australia
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A blurry screen capture from the video they took of us
A blurry screen capture from the video they took of us

For lunch, we stopped at the famous Fergburger. The place is always packed and the burgers are huge. I ordered the Tropical Swine, and Jacob ordered the original Fergburger. They were good burgers, but we thought they were overhyped after everyone and their moms were telling us it was best burger ever.

Best burger ever?
Best burger ever?

We found out our skydive was cancelled for the day, so we took our second gondola ride and went up to the Skyline Luge go karts, that use gravity instead of an engine. 

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Skyline Luge Adventure in Queenstown

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 Queenstown, New Zealand
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You can see video footage of Jacob and his brother on the luge here (if it doesn’t immediately go to that part, fast forward to 4 mins and 43 seconds). I couldn’t quite luge and take photos with my big camera at the same time, so here are before pics.

Helmets necessary
Helmets necessary
The views from up here are incredible!
The views from up here are incredible!

Afterwards, we decided we needed to do some sort of extreme activity on our “extreme sports day,” and it was going to be the Ledge Bungy! This jump overlooked Queenstown. 

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 Queenstown, New Zealand
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It was a 47 meter jump but looked a lot higher since you were 400 meters above the city.

Wow, this is really high
Wow, this is really high

Walking the plank was the longest walk of my life!

Don't look down!
Don't look down!
Starting to freak out a little right here
Starting to freak out a little right here
Do I really want to do this?!
Do I really want to do this?!
No turning back now!
No turning back now!
A 47 meter jump 400 meters up
A 47 meter jump 400 meters up
There she goes!
There she goes!
Terrifying, then fun
Terrifying, then fun
You did it!
You did it!

We headed back into town to eat my New Zealand McDonald’s happy meal and continue my weird tradition of eating one from every country. After dinner, we grabbed some beer and hung out at our hotel!

Eating a happy meal in every country is one of our weird traditions
Eating a happy meal in every country is one of our weird traditions

Timeline Of Our Day

9:00-10:30 AM Shotover Jet. A 30 minute jet boat ride (included in tour price)

11:00-11:45 AM Fergberger. Ate Tropical Swine (13.90 NZD) and the Fergburger (11 NZD)

1:00-2:00 PM Luge (NZ $19 for 2 rides for one person)

3:30-4:00 PM Ledge Bungy jump from bob’s peak at the skyline restaurant (180 NZD)

5:00-5:30 PM McDonalds to get my New Zealand Happy Meal (5.40 NZD)

Tips

Out of all the bungy jump options, the Ledge Bungy had the best photo opps with Queenstown as the backdrop.

If you aren’t chicken, the bungy with the most thrill is Nevis. Perhaps next on our list!

If you are set on skydiving, don’t fill up your schedule in case you need to reschedule. The weather changes so much from windy to cloudy that our jumps were cancelled after being rescheduled twice. This was the one activity we definitely wanted to do in New Zealand, so we’ll have to go back sometime.

Get two rides on the luge. The first ride always has to be the scenic route which gets you comfortable with the kart. After that, you can proceed to the advanced track with big drops and tight turns – lots more fun!

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