Four days later and I’d reached my last day in New Zealand and what better way to celebrate my trip to this beautiful country than by falling 13,000ft out of a plane.
Here’s a little taster I put together:
Skydiving over the Tasman region is the most incredible, exhilarating and scary thing I have ever done.
After all the health and safety nonsense of Australia, skydiving in New Zealand is like popping down the shops. There’s no safety video, all you have to do is sign on the dotted line, squeeze into a very fetching suit and off to the plane you go. Crazy!
Luckily my tandem master was, in true New Zealand style, an amazingly lovely person and kept me calm the whole way up in the plane. Funnily enough as I’d never been in a similar situation before, I found myself chatting to him like I would do a taxi driver. Been busy today? What time you on till? I blame the nerves.
As expected, the scariest part of the whole thing is the moment you’re sat on the edge about to plunge towards the ground. Thankfully I wasn’t given long to think about it and before I knew it we were out of the plane. After one second of sheer panic, the adrenaline kicks in and it is truly one of the most remarkable experiences. At no point do you feel as though you’re falling, it’s like floating.
Geek fact: During 45 seconds of freefall you travel at approximately 200km p/h. Once the parachute is released you slow to 20km p/h. That’s a big brake.
If you ever get the opportunity to skydive, especially over a beautiful country like New Zealand, do it! You really won’t regret it.
As I sit on the plane writing this, it strikes me how much I fell in love with New Zealand. Not only is it home to the most picturesque of landscapes, unfortunately I don’t think any photograph will ever get across the vast beauty of the country, but the people and way of life is right up my street.
The biggest thing I’ll take away from this adventure of self discovery is that your worth shouldn’t measured by how much money you make, how big your house is or what car you drive. Our worth is measured by the choices we make, the challenges we overcome and the smiles we bring to peoples’ faces.
We are all masters of our own destiny.