Given our choice of Whistler for our next home, it’s no wonder we like the southwest area of the South Island so much: mountains, valleys, forests, lakes, rivers, and the Tasman Sea.
From the outdoor enthusiast meccas of Wanaka to Queenstown to Te Anau; the spectacular scenery of mountains plunging into the sea in the Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and countless rivers and lakes; the famous Great Walks hiking trails: Milford Track, Routeburn Track and dozens more; ski resorts, biking trails… the list goes on and on. We wanted to do it all. Of course we couldn’t, but we filled every minute trying. We started with Shauna’s first, and Mark’s second, SKYDIVE!
Having survived the jetboat ride up the shallow, but wide open Dart River, we upped the stakes by braving the Shotover Canyon jetboat ride. While doing the skydive may seem daring, at least there it’s just a onetime yes or no answer to “will I survive this?”… either the chute opens or it doesn’t, right? Shooting and spinning a jetboat within these narrow canyon walls brings you within inches of your life a dozen times or so. We were glad we had the head instructor as our driver! See the video here. The overhead shots aren’t of our actual boat, but the beginning waves and spin (we’re in the 3rd row), and the close-ups are.