Known as the ‘Adventure Capital Of The World’, Queenstown, New Zealand Caters Not Only For The Extremists In Adults But Also For Kids Of All Ages. Here’s an Account of Indoor Skydiving by an 11-Year-Old Who Loved His New Experience.
NAME AND AGE
My name is Lucas and I’m 11 years old.
WHERE IS THIS PHOTO TAKEN?
Queenstown, New Zealand
TELL US ABOUT INDOOR SKYDIVING IN QUEENSTOWN.
My parents let me choose one thing I want to do during our holiday. I wanted to go indoor skydiving in Queenstown because I had never done it before and it looks really fun.
First we had to go into a classroom to learn what to do while inside the wind tunnel. We had to learn signals so that my instructor can tell me to straighten or bend my legs, put my chin up, or relax so that I am in the correct position. The correct position is a banana shaped body. Your chin up as far as it goes, and your arms bent at eye level.
Before we went, I had to get dress in a jumpsuit and a helmet. And then before we went inside the wind tunnel, there were some technical difficulties so we had to wait 20 minutes, and I got double the time inside the time tunnel for waiting.
To get into the wind tunnel, I had to fall into it in the correct position. And then I started floating. The wind in the tunnel was making dust particles hit my neck and chin, so I fixed it by pulling the balaclava in the helmet over my neck and chin. The top speed of the wind in the tunnel was 259kph but I only flew at 118kph.
It felt easy for me at first. As I learnt new things it got a little bit harder. I I accidentally put my body in a straight position, which resulted in me falling down once. But then I got up by making my body go back into the right position and flew back into the air. The two tricks that I did was turning left and right, and going up to the top of the chamber spinning round and round, and then go back down spinning round and round again. I was in the tunnel for one and a half minutes each time and I went in 4 times.
I thought it was really fun and I would like to do it again when it comes to Melbourne this year.
WHY WE LOVE QUEENSTOWN BY FAMILY GLOBETROTTERS
Queenstown is located in the South Island of New Zealand and fortunately for us Australians, it is but a short flight to get to paradise. Sitting majestically on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with the Southern Alps as its picture-perfect backdrop, Queenstown remains as one of the most beautiful places we have ever had the fortune of visiting.
The summer and winter months of Queenstown provide for very different experiences. Having done both seasons, we can categorically say that you really must do both. It is almost like visiting 2 different destinations.
Although it is known as the ‘adventure capital of the world’, Queenstown has plenty to do for those who are not adrenalin junkies. This was certainly the case for us when we took Hannah for the first time. This town is small and easy to navigate, and it is also the gateway to so many other incredible attractions such as horse riding in filming locations for Isengard, Lord of the Rings, cherry picking experiences where the cherries are as big as plums, gold rush towns and an incredible selection of wineries of the Central Otago region. Queenstown itself is filled with activities such as the luge, jet boating, white water rafting, steam boat trip across the lake, paragliding, just to name a few.
Queenstown is truly breathtaking, and we can use all the adjectives available in the dictionary to describe the beauty of this place and it still wouldn’t do it justice. The scenery stretches across the entire region with no pockets considered not stunning. If you love your road trips, Queenstown makes for an excellent base to start your adventure.