I’ll admit it. Although I live in the adventure capital of the world. I am a big chicken. You will not find me jumping off anything with an elastic band around my ankles nor going up in a plane without remaining firmly planted inside the cabin, but there are some things that I am in two minds about. Things that someone with talents in the art of persuasion could convince me to take part in. When the people at Auckland Adventure Jet invited me to come along on a ride in the harbour I thought, well…OK. I had previously passed on this sort of thing in Queenstown on the Dart River, but there is something to be said for that false sense of security you get in your own town. I thought, perhaps, I needed to know. I needed to bite the bullet and try it out. And so I did.
It was awesome.
Well, at first of course I had that thing in my head that says, “Hey! It’s going to be fine. They are well-qualified at what they do.” while at the same time I was shaking in my boots in anticipation. Then came the safety talk and the signing of the “I understood the safety talk” document and then we were off before I knew it. No more time to be a scardey cat. I decided, at the last minute, to grab my waterproof hiking trousers on the way out the door in the morning and it turned out to be a great thing. As our driver, Matty, signalled that were were about to go into the first spin and we all counted down, “3! 2! 1!”, I held my breath and waited for the wave. And there it was, flying freaked out fish and all. It was a bit like looking through a window of salt water. Very cool. We were all fairly wet but I’ll let you in on a wee secret. The people in the middle (where I was) don’t get as wet as the people on the ends of the rows. So, choose accordingly. Don’t tell anyone I told you.
Auckland Adventure Jet runs on the hour, everyday, from 9-5 and you can book online.
All images courtesy of Auckland Adventure Jet