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.
I had wanted to visit Nepal to go trekking in the Himalayas for a long time and finally I managed to get some time off my job in 2013. I knew which company I wanted to do the trek with, World Expeditions. I had used World Expeditions before to summit Kilimanjaro and I liked their ethics when it comes to the guides and the porters. In addition, they had routes which stayed on the beaten track and those which are completely off the beaten track.
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.
I held the fig firmly between my fingers, hanging onto it like a prized possession. I watched through the goggles in awe as the fish nibbled away at it, their scales shining in the crystal clear water as the sun shone down. I even tried holding it between my teeth, they still kept coming. I am in the Montanejos hot springs, Valencia and on a tour with Valtournative, who specialise in these types of alternative tours.