Day 4 – Kerikeri

December 1, 2015

Today we decided to take it easy and on our schedule was only one thing and that was Skydiving  and Yes, you read it right. I certainly wasn’t brave enough to do it but hubby and company decided to do it and I was there to see it. Hubby has never done this before and he was hesitant.

The day began early because Anya got up at 7.30 am and our day began slowly because we had to get ready by 9.30 am. But due to weather, the Skydiving school called us and said our appointment has changed to 12.30 pm and it was fine with us because we had a lot of time to get ready.

We got there by 12 pm and it was about an hour away from Paihia called Kerikeri. It was such a small airport and the plane was so tiny that it could fit only 8 people to the max. They all had a 5 minute video on what will happen and they went to get suited up. I was pretty nervous for them when I saw a group who went before them. When I saw them in the parachute, I could just see myself screaming, closing my eyes and most probably have a tiny heart attack as well . They chose Tandem skydiving in which a professional jumps with them.

They got all ready and went into the plane. It all looked fine and it took about 10 minutes for me to see them in the sky. They chose the 16,000 feet package which was about 45 second free-falling and then falling with parachute (just thinking about it gives me shudders) . I couldn’t see who was down first but after 50 seconds or so, I could see a yellow parachute. And by the time it was half way through, I realized it was hubby on the first parachute.

The way he described his experience is that it was terrifying when he jumped but it was better when the parachute came out so he could balance. By the time we finished with skydiving, It was 2 pm so we went to have lunch at an Indian place on the way called Mighty Indian. My take on the restaurant, BAD. I think I make good subzi than them. It was a waste of money, I would have rather had some fresh fruits and sandwich.

Then we went to Haruru Falls which was on the way back to Paihia. It was a small falls and we barely stayed there for 15 min and we went back to our hotel to take a break. In the evening, we decided to go to the beach. We were in the beach by 6 pm and the sun was down and it got cold. I mean it wasn’t summer there and so without the sun, it was a cold, windy time and it certainly wasn’t a good time to go into the water because you are shivering when you come out.

After our 30 min stint at the beach, we went again to the supermarket to get some groceries for our dinner and breakfast. By the time we went to bed, it was already 10 pm and we were tired even though we didn’t do much that day. The next day was going to be very long for us so we hoped that we had good rest that night.

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