Jetboat in Queenstown
16.03.2008 - 16.03.2008 24 °C
Once again a glorious day in Queenstown and we gave up on waiting for a rainy day to do the jetboat so after a bit of a lazy morning we got shipped out to Shotover river for the “World’s most exciting jetboat ride”. I am not sure how it got that title, maybe by a panel of judges who went around the world looking for the most exciting, although I doubt it, anyway we were up for it.
Kitted up in Batman cape and lifejacket (which some of us carried off better than others), we got put in the boat then had to pose for the obligatory photo shoot, in order to squeeze an extra $50 or so out of us, then off for an “exciting” brush with certain death as we skimmed past rocks and trees in the gorge. I will say we did come very close a few times and hats off to the driver who was adept at finding what looked like impossibly small routes through the rapids.
Being cheap skates again we did not buy the photos so the above photo was the best we could do, there may have been some editing to the above photo so I can not vouch totally for it authenticity.
Jetboat after us
It was very good though and the 360 degree spins were particularly funny. The boat after us did win the award for loudest, as a gaggle of women probably on a Hen do, dismounted the boat without capes on, hard core!!!!!
We had a bit of a stroll around Queenstown for the rest of the afternoon then headed back to the Hotel. We have 3 more days here and to be honest even though I have enjoyed it we have exhausted most activities now without having to dig deep into our pockets for more cash. We may do a bit of kayaking tomorrow before picking up a hire car for 3 days so we can drive to Glen Orchy, do a bit of gold mining history another day, then Christchurch on Thursday.
Comedy moment of the day: me trying to copy and past mine and Julian’s face on the first photo and for some reason nearly dropping my laptop because I was laughing so much