8 posts tagged me
I guess I ought to answer this since you asked it about 2 months ago. Sorry about that.
I’ve been to England, Wales, Scotland, France, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong & Macau.
That makes 20. Not many really.
If you have a question, feel free to ask away.
Rafting The Kaituna River
Rotorua, New Zealand
I can’t believe I’ve never posted about last year’s white-water rafting experience in Rotorua, New Zealand. It was a blast!
Naturally, as a complete beginner, I opted to go on a grade 5 rafting trip down the Kaituna River (as a point of reference, the grade above grade 5 is classed as “effectively unnavigable”). The Kaituna is often referred to using words like “exhilarating” and “furious” and is notable for its 7 metre waterfall, the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. Yep, I’m a nutcase.
Despite at one point misinterpreting an instruction and having to be rescued from the foaming whitewater, it was a fantastic experience. Pretty draining though. I’ve never felt so unfit.
In the photos, I’m the guy either grinning or ‘woohooing’ in the middle of the boat!
Featured On BBC News
I’m no stranger to the BBC. Our paths have crossed a few times in various guises, mostly because I’ve made our paths cross. That said, it stills feels good to have one of my snaps featured in their ‘In Pictures’ section.
The Beeb loves snow pics.
Look at that naive fool in the photo above. That’s me, about the climb the 100 metre high Te Paki sand dunes at the northern tip of the North Island in New Zealand.
See how I playfully paddle through the shallow water at the foot of the dunes, shoes and socks off. Little do I realise the tortuous anguish that’s about to befall my inexperienced & asthmatic self.
Perhaps I should have judged the size of the dune before deciding to run up it. This second photo shows two tiny specks in the sand. Those are humans. Perhaps I could have taken note of the extremely humid conditions or listened to the voice in my head suggesting I ought to stop running, else I might damage myself.
Ahh, well. Not too much trouble was caused. It only took 10 minutes of dizziness and panting whilst flat on my back to muster the power to stand-up and descend. Plus, I only threw-up once.
Lesson learnt. Next time, I’ll get someone to carry me up.
Hanging out with some Maori
Whakarewarewa, New Zealand
Rapids Jet, Taupo
Some snaps of my 30 minute ride aboard a 180 degree spinning, rock dodging, rapids weaving, waterfall falling, human soaking, 85kph jet boat. Awesome stuff! I’m in the front middle seat.
Tāne Mahuta & Me
Tāne Mahuta is a giant Kauri tree in the Waipoua Forest of Northland Region in New Zealand. Its age is unknown but is estimated to be between 1,250 and 2,500 years old. It is the largest Kauri known to stand today. Its Māori name means “Lord of the Forest”.
Matt is a normal-sized human. He is 28 years old. His name is of Hebrew origin and means “Gift of God”.