New Zealand is one of the most green, natural and wide-open countries I have every visited. On this trip I stayed North– starting in Waiheke Island with its beautiful beaches, yummy wineries and quaint shops. The Boatshed was our home base– a small B&B built on a cliff overlooking Onera beach. Breakfast, the view and easy access to the beach make it a great place to stay.
From quiet Waiheke we headed South to Rotorua. Rotorua is home to the Maori, hot springs, natural geysers and sulfur baths. It takes a full day to get acclimated to the smell of sulfur all around you. But, once you’re used to it, it actually becomes quite pleasent. We took a day trip to Lake Taupo from Rotorua to hike, see the Huka Falls, bathe in natural hot springs and bungy New Zealand’s highest water-touch jump.
Not much in life scares me. And, I like to think I was pretty calm before my leap (watch the video…you be the judge). But, truth be told, your entire nervous system screams NO with every heartbeat and missed breath as you stand at the edge of a cliff staring more than 150 feet below into the beautiful, blue water waiting for your cue. Yes- my heart was in my throat. But- the entire leap and free fall was exhilirating. Feeling the water on your face is a nice touch too.
Can’t wait for my next jump!