Did you know that New Zealand is where commercial bungee jumping actually began? Well neither did we!
We recently went on a Road Trip on the South Island of New Zealand. Driving from Mount Cook to Queenstown gives one an opportunity to travel through some of New Zealand’s most scenic areas. Here’s what we found.
The Crown Range
The views were awesome, especially when we drove through the passes and canyons of this range. We stopped several times for rest breaks, one at a store called the Wrinkly Ram where I bought several woolens to take back to the states.
Even the valleys where we followed a river were beautiful as well.
We stopped again about an hour later for a wine tasting at one of New Zealand’s many wineries.
Then it was on to more pastoral views. We began to see cows and sheep everywhere. It is easy to see that this country’s economy depends on agriculture.
Finally, we got a chance to go bungee jumping at the world’s first ever commercial bungee jumping site, AJ Hackett’s Bungy.
Did we do it? Liquid courage was the secret, but it didn’t help. In the long run, all of us chickened out; but it was fun watching the younger people do it.
Lunch was in historic Arrowtown, a quaint old gold mining village with many buildings dating to the 1800s. Reminds me of our old west towns.
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Finally, we got to beautiful Queenstown and its gorgeous lakeside views. We stayed at the Hotel St. Moritz and had dinner together that evening.