I can only imagine the speed I am going as I whiz through the forest descending 30 storeys. I feel like a bird flying through the trees which is quite fitting as I am taking the Kea Tour with Ziptrek Ecotours in Queenstown, New Zealand. What a great welcome to the adventure capital of the world I received from them as I took their 6 line tour, one of which is the steepest zip lines in the world! Yup, that is a 300 m (984 ft) zip line where you reach speeds of up to 70 kph.
I love hiring bikes when I get to a new place, it’s a great way to get around and get off the beaten track. I searched for bike rental in Wanaka and thanks to Wanaka Bike Tours, I got to really experience this without having to cycle the same route there and back, plus I got to try out some mountain biking trails on a great bike.
As I hang over the waterfall, I watch the water rush past me. I haven’t fallen, I have decided to do this for fun, in several places, on this via ferrata route in Wanaka, New Zealand to add a bit more adrenaline. I am climbing vertically beside the waterfall feeling free but still held in place by a harness and a metal rope. This is a via ferrata route next to a 60 metre waterfall, the highest waterfall climb on the planet and I am climbing the Wild Thing Route thanks to Wildwire Wanaka.
As I sat at our picnic spot, with incredible views of the Franz Josef Glacier on New Zealand’s South Island, I felt like I was on top of the world. However, I knew that the environmental impact of my tour wasn’t adding to the reason why this Glacier is retreating at such a rapid pace. It leaves me wondering how long this glacier will be here if the helicopter tours continue at the pace they are.
As the paddle cuts through the clear blue sea, I glance down to see a penguin swimming through the waves. And that is not the only wonder of the sea that I will see today as seals, a stingray and many a sea bird make an appearance. I am sea kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park on a beautiful sunny day.
As I sat on the top deck of the boat, with the wind in my hair, I looked around at all the waterfalls gushing off the steep cliffs of the Sound into the ocean. Described as the eighth wonder of the world by Rudyard Kipling, no wonder it is really popular to go to Milford Sound from Te Anau. As with all budget travellers, I was looking for a cheap Milford Sound cruise that was good on the purse strings but also gave good service and a great experience. Well, look no further, as Go Orange provides just that on their newly refurbished Milford Haven ship.