Flying Excessive And Falling To Earth Above Lake Wanaka

First merchandise on at this time’s agenda is a few flight-seeing across the area, however provided that I used to be going to be in a lightweight plane I would as nicely log some instruction time. I’ve flown a Cessna 172 earlier than, however not shortly so my teacher from Learn To Fly NZ, stored a watchful eye.

Take off good, climb to 4500 ft then simply drone round this achingly stunning panorama. What an expertise . . . not simply soaking within the view however flying the aircraft as nicely.

Touchdown not so good. Not unhealthy – simply got here in a bit low and needed to wrap on a little bit of energy in the previous few seconds.  However because the outdated pilots say ”Any touchdown you stroll away from is an efficient touchdown”.

Geographical Curiosity

In the course of the flight we cruised over an island in the midst of the lake, Mou Waho Island, on the highest of which is a lake known as the Arethusa Pool, and in the midst of that lake is a bit island. Thus you’ve got an island, in a lake, in an island, in a lake, in an island within the ocean.

The Arethusa Pool on top of Mou Waho

The Arethusa Pool on high of Mou Waho in the midst of Lake Wanaka

Or, put one other, extra simply understood approach, it’s an island in the midst of a lake  (the Arethusa Pool ), in an island (Mou Waho), in the midst of a lake (Lake Wanaka), in the midst of an island (the South Island), in the midst of an ocean (the Pacific).

The climate wasn’t as co-operative because it may need been. Misty-ish. However it didn’t actually detract from the surroundings . . . however then, there’s nothing I can consider, in need of 10/10ths cloud that would short-sell this a part of the world.

Flying Above Lake Wanaka

4,500ft Above Lake Wanaka. Not the clearest of climate, sadly.

An hour or so later, nonetheless, the climate was completely in my nook once I tumbled out of an aeroplane in a tandem parachute soar with Skydive Wanaka.

I’ve wished to do that for a very long time but it surely needed to be in a panorama like this. No level in leaping out right into a boring world under.

No, I wasn’t actually “scared”. Within the hangar, as we suited up, a bit apprehensive, maybe.  However the whole professionalism of Eddie, my soar buddy, settled any nerves in a short time. He was simply so cool and reassuring.

No surprise.  He’s performed this actually 1000’s of instances. Right through there was this calm, assured voice behind me, speaking me by the method. Checking.  Then checking once more.  Then once more.  And as soon as extra, simply to make certain.

As we climb by 9000ft, and once more at 12,000ft a few of the different jumpers within the aeroplane went out and away.

Out Into House

Then at 15,000ft it’s my flip.  We shuffle ahead on the seat to the open door and it’s out into house.

It takes a bit beneath a minute of freefall from this top. Practically minute to marvel at the fantastic thing about the world under as you hurtle in the direction of it.

Solely downside: It’s bloody freezing.  Once I do that subsequent time – sure, there can be a subsequent time – I’ll have gloves on and a woolly scarf.

Tandem parachute jumping

Floating to earth above the Wanaka panorama

Abruptly there a snap and a yank because the chute deploys. Very reassuring.  From right here on it needs to be a breeze. A freeze of a breeze, admittedly.

Now you float gently. with solely a touch of wind-sound, marvelling on the panorama under. A beautiful distinction of untamed mountains and manicured flats, cradled between traces of hills.

At this second you understand you might be 100% alive.

Simply Do It

All I can say to you is “Really feel the concern and do it anyway”. Or “Simply do it”.

Having been sort to my intestine biome the evening earlier than I figured I might threat a little bit of ldl cholesterol and ordered a Hen Parmigiana, washed down with a neighborhood Rabbit Ranch Pinot Noir, on the Water Bar, on the water entrance with a view out over the lake.

Good technique to end a sensational day.