Bird’s Eye View of Nelson


Nelson, New Zealand is absolutely amazing!  It is home to three national parks: Abel Tasman, Kahurangi, and Nelson Lakes.  Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to explore them all, so I decided the next best thing was to get a bird’s eye view of Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Park (seeing 2 out of 3 isn’t bad).  Since I can’t fly, I got on a plane that requires you to find your own way back to the ground.

I had wanted to go skydiving for years, and what better place to go than the country of adventure?  When I got to the skydiving school, I found out that I had a 20 minute wait.  After years of waiting, I figured 20 more minutes wouldn’t hurt.  Wrong! In those 20 minutes I saw a girl crying from fear, people too scared to get on the plane, and individuals falling out of the sky.  The more time I waited, the sweater my palms became.  Even though I was getting nervous, I was too excited to become scared.

Once the plane took off, the realization that I would soon be descending without it began to set in.  Luckily I was able to focus my attention on the beautiful scenery.  It was a perfect clear day, which allowed me to see Abel Tasman and some of Kahurangi National Park.  I could see green forest covered mountains rolling down to the beach and into the Tasman Sea.  Before I knew it, we were at 13,000 feet.  As I sat on the edge of the plane, I felt like the girl who was crying (only I was too scared to cry).  This was mostly due to the fact that I sat there, for what seemed like forever, looking down while I waited to jump.

When we finally got the signal, I got hurled out of the plane.  I did a flip and then straightened out.  There is nothing like seeing New Zealand from 13,000 feet, then 12,999, 12,998, 12997 isn’t that cool, but 12996 is awesome.  For anyone who has not gone skydiving, you have to do it! It is the coolest feeling.  For the first few seconds I had a falling sensation, and then I felt like I was flying like Superman!  That is the best way I can describe it.  You feel like you are flying.  The amazing scenery and the incredible feeling of flying made this one of the greatest experiences of my life.

What’s the coolest thing you have ever done?

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One thought on “Bird’s Eye View of Nelson”

  1. When we were in NZ for 3 weeks we did 1 week in the South Island, went from Christchurch directly to Rotorua and then did the rest of our trip further north. So we completely skipped Nelson and all of that lower area of the North Island. And even though its the adventure capital of the world, we actually didn’t do much adventuring while there.

    BUT I have gone skydiving and I think I just totally went catatonic when I was in the plane; I don’t remember thinking anything. I loved the free fall but I got sick feeling for the 6 minutes of swaying back and forth towards the ground.

    The coolest thing that I’ve done on my list is swimming with whale sharks: http://101thingsbeforeyoudie.com/2009/09/24/thing-to-do-2-swim-with-sharks/

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