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Next stop 15,000 ft

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We lazed around for another day in Rotorua in the hot pools and the swimming pool at the camp site and set off for Taupo the next morning. We went to the i-site which is like a tourist information palce and i booked on for my skydive for Tuesday 3rd!! that day we headed up to the Taupo bungy and watched for a while. neither of us fancied it especially after forking out a load for the skydive...so we left the car there and walked up to the thermal spa park up the road with hot streams and pools. We had a bit of a paddle and followed the walk on for an hour to Huka rapids and water fall!SDC10970.jpgSDC10966.jpgwe stood there hypnotized for a while then headed back on the track to the bungy. We stayed in Taupos free campsite that night (no facilities except chemical toilets haha) which was a nice break for the VISA card! Monday we had a bit of a lazy day where we took another boat ride to see some Maori rock art,SDC10989.jpgSDC10996.jpg we ended up getting a private charter since no other people had booked!! and Tuesday was the day!! i woke up around 7 to thick cloud and thought the jump was going to be cancelled but by 1pm when they picked me up the cloud had broken up nicely! We got there and went through all the safety stuff while Jo chilled out with other non-jumpers and took photos of me looking a bit nervous! I had to wait a while for the delayed loads (because of the cloud) went up and jumped but then it was my turn and in the little yellow plane and up we went on the 25min journey to 15,000 ft! i was first out the door after the solo sport jumper IMG_1749.jpg a little lean back in to the plane then WOOSH out we went! IMG_9697.jpg its hard to describe the feeling but you don't feel that feeling of dropping you just notice the speed! 200km/h MINIMUM!IMG_9714.jpg IMG_9705.jpg we plummeted back to earth for over a minute doing spins and turns and holding on to the camera man, but it only seemed like 10 seconds! Through the cloud cover IMG_9720.jpg and to the view below! IMG_9727.jpg At 5000ft we pulled the shute and it opened!!!IMG_9734.jpg From there i took the chords and did some turns and directed us down towards the airport before allen took them back and landed us safely on the X. AMAZING! Still trying to convince Jo to do it but i have my work cut out! SDC11017.jpgSDC11031.jpg

We have booked our ferry to south island for next week so more reports to come soon!

Speak to you soon! Love Rob and Jo xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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