Mike’s keen to learn to fly a plane, but lessons are expensive, so instead I bought him a voucher to go gliding with the fine folks at Taupo Gliding Club. It costs $205 for an instructional flight that lasts 20 – 40 minutes depending on the weather. You get to take control of the glider, in Mike’s case for about 5 minutes.
After driving a V8 in Taupo Mike was keen to get behind the wheel of another fast machine, so that made gift giving easy this year. Cue Raceline Karting at Off Road NZ, around 25 minutes drive north of Rotorua in the countryside near Mamaku. Off Road NZ is a professional set up with a top class race track. If you know your karts they have 390cc 4 stroke SODI GT3’s imported from France.
Kitted out in a balaclava, overalls, gloves and helmet you’re good to go, up to 100km/hour the website … Read the rest
Agroventures Adventure Park in Rotorua is an outdoor temple of adrenalin, there are five ways to get your adrenalin injection – Agrojet, Freefall Xtreme, Swoop, Shweeb and Bungy. We joined a city full of locals earlier this year when Agroventures hosted Locals Weekend. Rotorua residents were generously offered $10 tickets for all activities except bungy jumping which was discounted to $50.
I knew Mike was having the most fun when he roared down the straight in the Holden V8 at Taupo Motorsport Park. He was kitted out in racing gear and had New Zealand’s version of ‘The White Stig’ in the passenger seat. This Stig talks on camera and off and it’s his job to guide drivers round the track, he also has his own set of pedals incase things turn to custard. (The real Stig and his custard).
Mike had no issues out on the track, but pre-race he came … Read the rest
The adrenalin wasn’t ours, it belonged to the young girl who was saying “I can’t, I can’t do it”. We were standing on the ground looking up as she hung 50 metres above in the Skyswing at Skyline Rotorua. What she couldn’t do (and who could blame her?) was pull the cord that would release the Skyswing and send her flying over the side of Mount Ngongotaha. (Feb 2017 video shows man fainting twice!! on the Skyswing).
G Force Paragliding, Skyline Gondola, Bob’s Peak
After a legal high in Paihia with Flying Kiwi Parasail I’ve been keen to keep my feet on the ground, or at least on the water. It was the white collar crim turned high flyer who was brave enough to fly off Bob’s Peak with G Force Paragliding.
Mike was matched with Rene for the tandem flight, and strapped into a harness – part of the harness turns into a chair once you’re in the air. With the paraglider wing open behind them, they took a … Read the rest
Thunder Jet, Earnslaw Park, Beach Street, Queenstown
“I was caught, In the middle of Lake Wakatipu, I looked ’round, And I knew there was no turning back, The engine revved, And I thought what could I do?, And I knew ….. hold on, you’re on the Thunder Jet”.
The real AC/DC lyrics boom out of the stereo on the Thunder Jet as you speed across Lake Wakatipu. Our driver Kylie was as good at spinning the boat as Angus is with his riffs. Usually when someone gives you the finger it’s not a good sign, but on the Thunder Jet … Read the rest
Parasailing has been described as adrenalin lite, having done a bungy jump I tend to agree, but with Flying Kiwi Parasail in Paihia you are going to fly incredibly high – up to 1200 feet – NZ’s highest parasail.
And unlike a bungy which is over in a few seconds, you are going to remain at a great height for around 10 minutes. Those minutes can feel like hours when you’re contemplating shouting “Please Get Me Down From Here”. Unless your wits have deserted you, and mine came close, you realise shouting is pointless, … Read the rest