Breakfast at Joe’s Garage.
We were so anxious to know whats our next challenge. In my mind… bungy jumping! I knew it the moment Eugine rang Uzair asking if I’m in good health or not. New Zealand excites me… so I told Uzair, I’m in good condition. Actually, I’m having hypertension and diabetes. Bungy Jumping… I just don’t care! I want to do it! I’m sure I can! Fear? No!
We arrived at Kawarau Bridge. The world’s Original first bungy. The historic Kawarau Bridge is home of Bungy pioneers AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch’s first commercial Bungy site. It was there in 1988 that the Bungy phenomenon began. 43m above the stunning Kawarau River, this Bungy Jump is still the most popular Bungy in New Zealand.
The moment we step into the Kawarau Bungy Centre… we knew there will be the ultimate Queenstown challenge. That is Bungy Jumping! Argh!!!! my heart suddenly down… from brave women to nervous. As we walked in, I try to comfort myself. Be cool… be cool! I’ve never been opposed to bungy jumping.
As for today’s challenge… we have the trampoline flips, the horizontal bungy and the tandem bungy. The challenge begin with one person of each team member, to do 5 flips of trampoline flips. When complete he needs to run to their other team members and tagged. The next team member to do other challenge. Its either the horizontal bungy – which one person is tied on the bungy rope and have to run forward to grab 4 items laid down, OR the tandem bungy where 2 team members will be strapped together and need to jump off the magnificent Kawarau Bridge which is 43metres high and once they have completed all the challenge – they have to run to the assigned finish line and grabbed the T-shirts prepared by the AJ Hackett Bungy team.
The first challenge was between Uzair (Team Kaitaki) & Vincent (Team Kairiri). When Uzair tagged me and Zaid… both of us quickly ran and get ourselves ready for the tandem bungy. Hey… you know what happened? My nervous gone! I’m sure Swee Ping, Fiona, Melanie, Guy especially and all members of the 2 team will focus on me hehehe… Yes! We ready at the count of go! Zaid and Me jumped off the platform. This is my most unforgettable extreme challenge. I scream of course! All the way down. So I have proved… old does not mean you can’t do it!
This not done yet! I have to climb the cliff up to the finishing line. I am out of breath… Fuuhhh! Thanks Fiona…she walks me up, giving me courage and comfort me. I’m really out of breath due to blockage of airflow in my trachea. Not because of the jumping but… climbing up the cliffs.
The team in AJ Hackett Bungy offering those who don’t have the chance to do the bungy jumping… to do the jumping. So why not? Take the challenge boys! This is your only opportunity to do the bungy jumping @ KAWARAU Bridge. Many of them faced their fear by taking up the offer.
That was our bravest experience that we all never forget. It so remarkable! This going to be the best activities ever done. We all safe and still in good shape. Thanks to AJ Hackett Bungy for the friendly and professional service. Experience Bungy Jumping @ Kawarau Bridge… I will never forget. Wow… I got certificate! Well… we have to bid everyone in AJ Hackett Bungy goodbye.
We reached Queenstown at 3.00. It takes half hour to get back from Kawarau Bridge to Novotel Hotel. This time we are heading to Walter Peak High country Farm. It just a walk distance to the Waterfront. Everyone got their own lunch. We boarded into a boat to Walter Peak High Country Farm. I’m sure this going to be our next challenge.
We were greeted by Tom & Peter from Walter Peak High Country Farm. Tom’s best friends… Meg and Bess greeted us too. Meg and Bess (smart d0g) short-haired Border Collie. The border collie was trained to move sheep by eye contact without barking. Sorry… I don’t want to have eye contact with you Meg. You too Bess. Please don’t come near me.
Our first challenge was sheep herding. Mr Tom shows us on how to blow a whistle. I never manage to make any whistle sound. Guess what? Only my saliva comes out. Hehehe… sorry.
Sheep herding! Sounds simple but everyone having hard time chasing after the sheep. This really fun and fills with humor. My job… just get ready to open the gate and let the colored green’s sheep in. The New Zealand sheep really smart! And they can do high jumping. I presume… they can do Bungy as well hehehe…
After herding sheep, we have another challenge. Making pancake or in New Zealand they called it Pikelet. Suppose, it easy for me. I have been making pancake several time before. But I failed my team. I forgotten that I was in a race. You want to know why? Emm… I want my pancake (pikelet) texture small, thin layered and crispy edging. I like it that way. But the judges prefer thick, fluffy and follow the original size. So the winner goes to team KAIRIRI.
3.30pm we sailed back to The Waterfront.