Charlotte Ellery

Joined February 2017
  • Day461

    Rocks that look like pancakes

    May 23 in New Zealand

    Luckily the rain and wind did pipe down a bit last night and this morning seemed to be a brighter day. We know from experience now that it can all be deceptive and within minutes it'll change so we made sure we were prepared today for a downpour at any time. We were lacking a plan from this point onwards so we headed to a coffee shop to get on Wi-Fi to research some things about our next steps. Also we have decided for Nick's birthday we will book into an Airbnb for a couple of nights to give us a mini break from life in the van. We spent time this morning working out where we'd expect to be and we've given ourselves the deadline of the 31st to be in the North island where we've booked a place to stay in Wellington. It'll be nice to be able to sleep in a bed for a couple of nights that we haven't had to assemble and disassemble in the morning! This gives us just over a week to cover the top of the South island and we also realised if we do miss anything out we are coming back down onto the South island at some point so we can always do these things then or even in summer. Since visiting the jewellery makers we are more determined than ever to find our own stones to use to make some unique pieces. We drove to the outskirts of Greymouth where a huge stretch of pebble beach is. There were millions of stones and we both set off in opposite directions eyes down picking up any that might be promising. We'd probably spent a good 30 to 45 minutes wondering around and looking and it was only when we looked back at each other did we realise how far we'd walked. Nick was a small spec on the horizon and waved his umbrella at me to signal he was ready to move on. As I walked back towards the van I was still glancing down when I saw what looked like the shape of a bottom. I picked it up and was quite surprised to find that it was indeed a bottom on a very worn down china doll that has no legs or head. It's the most bizarre feeling to hold it and not know anything about it's origin or how it ended up here. We'd both found a good few stones but I'm not sure any will be workable. It turns out it's quite hard to find the "right" ones. We continued on our way and drove quite a distance up to Pancake Rocks. We did stop at a few view points on the way which overlooked the beautifully rough Tasman sea. The rocks themselves looked like stacks of pancakes and geologists can't actually work out how they formed in such even and precise layers. The erosion that has happened on them is incredible and the railed path takes you over huge archways where the sea has powered through the rock below. Many places now also have blow holes where the water and spray shoots up when the waves are at their biggest. The sound of the force and power of the sea below was amazing and it's beautiful how it's sculpted the landscape. After admiring the area for quite some time we headed north again towards Westport where we planned to stay the night. 15km or so from the town we saw a sign for a seal colony so we took the detour out to sea. We were met by loads of Weka birds in the carpark which look a bit similar to the kiwi and are often mistaken for the kiwi itself. After a short walk we could see the seals and pups on the rocks below as the sun began to set. As we left the rain began and we received quite a few smiles from people as we ran past then back to the van. We made it to Westport and to our freedom camp spot by the beach. It's not a bad spot but the rain is coming down pretty hard now so we will have to see how it is in the morning in regards to our plans for tomorrow.Read more

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  • Day460

    Bruce had recently been in contact and recommended we visited Shanty Town when he discovered we are now on the West Coast. It's a replica gold mining town that gives you an insight into the lives of the people who worked and lived in these pop up towns. We set off early from our freedom camping spot and were one of the first ones to arrive to the attraction. As we entered so did a group of young school children all wearing high vis jackets who looked adorable when we saw them later on dressed up in old fashioned clothing. We were quickly ushered through to make it on board the next steam train ride. Because of maintenance work we weren't able to go to the full journey but we felt we didn't really need to. The ride itself was relatively boring but afterwards the driver invited Nick and I to have a look at the engine which was more interesting. Turns out the engine was made around the corner from Temple Meads station back home in Bristol. Only 3 were brought over to New Zealand and they recently spent $200,000 keeping this one going. He was very passionate about it so it was nice to talk to him and have this one on one experience. We walked around all the different buildings learning about the history of the gold mining in this area and seeing items from this time period. We watched a video that showed the darker side to gold mining and told the tale of a band of men who killed people in the bush in hopes of taking their gold. I think Nick's favourite part was getting to be a "real" fire fighter on a model fire truck. They also had a couple of original buildings that have since been moved to the site, this included a beautiful church although we couldn't stay inside it for long because of such a strong smell of airfreshner. Nick's been wanting to try panning for gold so we paid for him to be able to give this a try. It wasn't quite what we expected because the gold had been placed into the dirt to guarantee you'll get some but at least he got to try the technique. We also got to see a demonstration of a dredge gun that was used in the area to blast the bottoms of rivers to lift out the gold and wash it downstream where it was caught in wooden slats. The demos only usually run at 2 times of the day but after talking for a long time to the guy who did the gold panning with us he offered to put it on for us which was very kind of him. It was incredibly powerful but completely destroyed the landscape so you can see why they weren't used for long. They also had a section on timber and explained how New Zealand was seen by early settlers to have a never ending supply of timber. It took them 40 odd years of intense logging to realise even the introduced trees that had been brought into to the country were not growing back at the same rate as they were being cut down at. A shocking fact we read said that the West Coast only makes up 8% of the land mass of New Zealand but after this 40 years of logging by the end of this period it contained over half of the country's native trees and forest. That just blew my mind and really put into perspective how intensely New Zealand's trees were logged. As you drive the West Coast seeing these beautiful rainforests makes you feel quite pleased that they didn't really log this area. After we'd explored everywhere we carried on driving north and arrived in Greymouth where we are staying the night. The wind and rain is so strong tonight and we've had to move the van around twice to make sure we are facing the wind and that the leaky window is mainly out of the rain. It's meant to ease later so hopefully we won't blow away!Read more

  • Day459

    Hunting for stones

    May 21 in New Zealand

    We were optimistic this morning when we woke up and rain finally eased. We had two major downpours in the night where we both woke up because it was so loud. Our van leaks in a few places so I was worried we would wake up in a mini swimming pool but luckily it wasn't too bad. It's a little tricky spending so much time on the wettest coast in the country with a leaky van. After breakfast we drove the 35 minute journey from our camping spot to Hokitika Gorge which is known for its clear blue waters and dramatic swing bridge. Apparently you can jump from the bridge into the water. Unfortunately we didn't get to see the blue water or test our bravery on the bridge because the road leading up to it was closed. Annoyingly as well apart from farms it's the only thing around in this area but there were no signs about the road closure until you were there so we drove all that way not knowing. On our way back we stopped at a memorial for victims of serial killer who attacked and killed many people including police men. This happened ages ago so it was hard to comprehend anyone in this small town in New Zealand with only a few farms are being capable of being NZ's first serial killer. We drove to the town at Hokitika and asked in the i-site when the road to the gorge would be open again. She knew nothing of it which was strange but I don't think we will risk driving all that way again to check later on if it's accessible or not. After a quick coffee and a pie we walked around town and down to the beach. The rain came in waves and was very unpredictable so we had to duck in and out of shops. On the beach they have a cool homemade sign of their town's name made from sticks of wood. We visited a place where you can carve your own greenstone, bone or shell into a piece of jewellery. Greenstone, or jade, is very popular in NZ and was treasured by the Maori people. This town is one of the places where you can kind it on the beach. We also found out that we could use our own rocks to make necklaces so before deciding what we'd do we headed to the beach to look for our own stones. We both fell in love with a couple but when we took them back found out we couldn't work with any because they were too fragile, hard or broken. Nick's now very determined to find our own stones somewhere on route and to come back to this place to carve them at a later date. After accepting Hokitika wasn't the place to get stones we headed north to our camp spot for the night in a cafe car park. We were treated to a pretty beautiful colour show at sunset. It's not the most glamorous of campsite but it's not bad when you consider it's free. Hopefully the highway traffic will soon quieten down!Read more

  • Day458

    "I'm so glad we moved the van"

    May 20 in New Zealand

    The rain just doesn't want to quit it seems. We are now understanding why the West Coast is covered in such beautiful rain forest. Filling up and unplugging this morning in the rain was not very fun at all. We also had a small hiccup with our day plan because as I was taking down the bed I knocked off my almost full cup of coffee onto the bedding below! Luckily it mainly went on one pillow that did have a mattress protector style cover on it so I quickly managed to get the covers off and into soak without ruining the pillow itself. It was even luckier because Franz Josef seems to have the only launderette for miles around so once we moved the van to the road we visited here and got the sheets in the wash straight away. This all took about 2 hours to sort with washing and drying but I'm glad we were able to get it sorted so quickly before it stained. While sitting in the launderette we must of had at least 20 downpours lasting anything from 2 to 10 minutes and then inbetween it was back to normal rain. The weather seems to pass through so quickly here and it was definitely looking like another miserable day. Once all the washing was sorted we could get on with our day and we came to the conclusion that none of the other glacier related trips interested us enough to do it, esoecially for the prices. Instead we left the glaciers behind and moved further up the coast towards Hokitika. We found a campsite for $5 each a night that's in the area of Woodstock just outside the town. Not only is it super cheap the community have also provided a guided walk to do that has history of the areas gold mining past and even takes you to see glow worms. We arrived pretty early and decided to risk the chance of rain and do the walk. We were able to go inside old mining tunnels and it was incredibly impressive to see each stroke mark from the pick axes left on the walls and ceilings of the tunnels. After a boggy climb to a lookout they had information on the gold mining business here and the town that sprung up as a result. Although it was daytime the glow worm dell was still very beautiful and after bending down through a lowered arch in the rock you were in a luscious green clearing in the surrounding forest. In the daylight you could just make out the glow worms silk threads they cast down to trap their pray. After thoroughly enjoying the walk that had so kindly been put together we headed back to the campervan just as the rain started again by this time with strong winds. The van shook and after looking up that the winds would reach pretty high speeds we decided to turn the camper around to face the direction the wind was coming from. With the winds getting stronger I think we both said the phrase "I'm so glad we moved the van" at least 5 times. After some dinner I convinced Nick to head back to the glow worms to see them at night. We had our torches in hand but it was still incredibly spooky walking back there especially with the wind blowing so loudly. The walk felt as if it took forever and then when we arrived it was all worth it. We came through that same rock opening and above us were hundreds of blue glow worm lights lighting up the darkness like stars. It was so beautiful and even though the forest was rather creepy we spent time admiring them and I tried many ways to get a photo. The worms were everywhere and even in places we didn't realise when we were here in daylight. As I photographed one area Nick noticed the biggest spider on the walk only a few centimetres from my hand. That was our cue to leave and after a brisk walk back we felt relieved to be in the safety of the campervan. It's amazing we got to be so close to the worms and the best part is it was free thanks to the locals showing us the way.Read more

  • Day457

    We're now in the West Coast region of the South Island and with our Lonely Planet book and a leaflet as guides we set off on a day of driving and exploring. Our destination for today was Fox Glacier. There's two main glaciers on the West Coast, Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier, both very close to each other. We did a heli hike on the Tasman Glacier at the start of our trip and absolutely loved it however we are unsure if we would do anything else like this again here so we plan to visit a visitor centre to see if anything takes our fancy. Our campsite wasn't too far from Fox Glacier so after a scenic drive it didn't take us too long to arrive. Turns out these two glaciers are the most accessible in the world and you can walk up to within 450m of the base of the ice unguided. As we drove to the carpark for this walk there were signs telling you where the glacier use to come up to. It was crazy seeing signs from 1935 showing that the glacier was a good 2-3km longer than it is now. It's sad to think at some point it will be gone entirely. The walk up to the view platform was a lot harder than we were expecting. Our legs were still feeling the pain of climbing Roys Peak so every uphill and downhill ached and we were wearing jeans which are never good to walk in. The last section was a steep climb and I was even beginning to question if it was really worth it. When we finally made it the view was impressive and only the smallest section of ice was visible. The glacier had receeded so much in comparison to the photo shown on the information boards from when this platform was installed. The signs also showed a harrowing news article or two tourists who died after climbing over the barrier to get a "better look" at the glacier and were caught in a rock slide. It's crazy what people will do for photos when they don't consider or understand the risks. As we stood looking at the glacier the heavens began to open so we swiftly began the 45 minute walk back to the van. By the time we were safely inside it was really pouring down. We decided to head to the Fox Glacier township which consists of about 15 buildings to wait out the rain in a coffee shop. When a brief break in the weather came we drove the short journey to Lake Matheson. The lake is famous for creating a mirror reflection of the beautiful view of the alps including Mt. Cook and Mt. Tasman. You need a clear still day for the reflection to be perfect, something we wouldn't get with the weather but we'd reached a point where even just having no rain in the photo would be good. We walked the 20 minutes or so to the jetty where the photo can be taken and with the rain holding off we waited for any brief dip in the wind. Although the photo's not perfect and you can't see the main mountains I'm still pretty pleased with the outcome especially because before we had even made it back to the van the rain started beating down again. Because we were cold and wet we decided to stay at a paid campsite in Franz Josef and will visit the information centre tomorrow. It's amazing how good a heater and a hot shower feel after a cold and wet day.Read more

  • Day456

    A day of many stops

    May 18 in New Zealand

    Our plan for today was to drive the road to the West Coast and using our Campermate app see what stops there are along the way we'd want to visit. This app has proved to be so valuable because it works offline so you can easily look up anything from things to do, campsites, dump stations and even cashpoints. With your location on your phone on as well it's easy to follow the route and where to stop for these things. Our first stops were at a couple of viewpoints for Lake Hawea because the highway basically runs along side it. It's turned out to be another nice day so the water was a beautiful blue colour in the morning sun. If it wasn't so cold you really felt as if you could go for a swim. We stopped at a town that pretty much only had a cafe for a toilet break and some morning treats to break up the journey. With a few DOC campsites on our route we decided to drive until we felt we needed to stop and spend the night at the nearest site. When we left the cafe after warming up by the open fire we headed back onto the highway only to be met by about a hundred cows walking towards us. I love how so many herd moves seem to happen on major highways. The cows were a little more daunting than sheep with some walking head on towards you and only moving at the last second. Once we'd made it through the cows our next stop was Fantail Falls, a two minute walk from the carpark to a waterfall. It's a shame it wasn't more of a walk because the area was lovely and you could walk right out onto the riverbed and get quite close opposite the falls which fanned out much like the fantails tail. We stopped at Thunder falls which was completely different in style with a single powerful jet of water literally thundering down. The sound of the water was quite incredible and really gave you a sense of how powerful it is. Our last stop of the day was to Ship Creek on the coast which has a board walk through the sand dunes and onto the beach. It wasn't nearly as good as we had hoped but we did enjoy strolling back along the beach looking at the vast variety of rocks and stones. I did however get bitten on the neck by a sandfly and it instantly came out in a nasty reaction so I now feel like I have a vampire bite on my neck! After we made it back to the van and rubbed cream on and took an anti histamine, we headed to our campsite for the night which was at Lake Paringa. The setting was stunning and fortunately we saw a guy setting himself up to photograph the lake. We soon realised he was waiting for the water to still so the lake reflects perfectly the mountain scape behind it. Because he was there to alert me to this scenery I managed to go out a couple of times and get some great photos of the lake as evening set in. We had a fantail show so much interest in our van as soon as we arrived. He kept flying up to the windows and into the sides. Initially we thought he was being aggressive but we soon realised he was eating sandflies off the camper. It was quite a shock every time he suddenly was at the window you were sitting by but we were happy our van helped him bring the sandfly numbers down. We opened the door for a moments ventilation and have spent about 2 hours killing around 20 sandflies! This definitely is the main draw back to NZ especially when I react so badly to their bites. Hopefully we got them all and I can sleep easy tonight.Read more

  • Day455

    ...of the other and soon you'll look back and you'll have climbed a mountain. Well today with that phrase in mind we did! What an incredible hard climb it was! Roys peak is a backpacker hotspot and something everyone seems to do. I'd been wanting to climb it for the amazing views it gives you from the summit but we'd accepted the weather wasn't going to be on our side. We'd pretty much ruled it out this morning so once we'd packed up and were ready to go we headed on down to the Wanaka tree which I'm sure is one of the most photographed trees ever. It seems you haven't been to Wanaka if you haven't photographed this tree. As we stood on the shore line admiring possibly the loneliest tree in existence we realised the weather was greatly improving. After a quick check online and a few little words of encouragement from me we decided to take the opportunity and climb a mountain. The start of the track is only 6km from town and we set off on our ascent at 11am sharp. It's a 16km round trip that takes between 5-6 hours. What we weren't prepared for was the fact it is an 8km pretty much continual climb and at a rather steep gradient. The track winds and bends up the face of the mountain and every step feels like a mission to complete. We passed a couple where the girl was struggling as much as I was and she definitely gave me a look that said "my boyfriend made me do this". For us it was the other way around so I kept on trying to power on through knowing it'd be so worth it at the top. Nick was good at providing encouragement and helping to push me up the mountain, literally when needed. Around half way up we could actually see where the lookout point was and could make out the people on the ridge line. They looked tiny and every time you glanced up it felt as if they hadn't grown in size at all. In the end you have to just stop looking and focus on your feet and not the endless path in front of you. Many people do this walk in time for sunrise and I think they are crazy because one it's so cold at this time of year let alone at sunrise and two they miss so much of the view on the way up by climbing in the dark. It took all our might and strength to keep on going and eventually those little tiny people we saw became life size and we'd made it at least to an awesome view point. We queued up and became the people you can see from below waiting our turn to pose on the end of the ridge. The view was incredible. We ate some lunch as we queued and spent time just soaking it all in. After some photos I was determined to push one more time to reach the summit, another 1.5km steep climb away. Nick wasn't fussed so we parted ways and I started to ascend. He changed his mind and realised we've come this far and it's just one little bit more then we can say we climbed the mountain, he soon caught me up on the track up. As we got higher the snow and ice got thicker and some of the track itself was covered in compacted snow. Eventually we made it to the summit and I've never been so relieved and happy at the same time. We just sat down in the ice cold wind and stared down at what we had just accomplished. I'm so happy to say we climbed a mountain, all 1578m of it. It was hard to want to get up again to begin our descent down and my knees were really not happy about it either. After a trip to the toilet to apply my knee cream we set off back down the track we'd struggled so much on earlier today. We passed people still climbing up at even 5pm which I felt was incredible irresponsible given that it will get dark soon. It took us so long to climb down that I'm quite amazed we even made it up. The couple from this morning were walking quite close behind us and we felt they should just overtake us but at the bottom we found out why, they asked us for a lift. We only have two legal seats and had already decided to shower before we left so used that as an excuse to not be able to and luckily another couple took them. We both had the best most rewarding showers in the campervan and got into our pjs before even leaving the carpark. We drove to a campsite on the way to the West Coast and although it was quite late by this point all we had to do was make tea and get the bed set up. Our legs are aching, we will fall asleep before 9pm and we've both got headaches from not drinking enough but boy oh boy was it worth it! New Zealand has not beaten us yet!Read more

  • Day454

    What a puzzling day

    May 16 in New Zealand

    Bruce and Candy had recommended that we visit a place called Puzzling World when we were in Wanaka, so with it looking like it'd be a rainy day we headed their this morning. It offers two sections; a great maze and illusion rooms. As the rain was holding off we decided to do the great maze first because it is outside and uncovered. We opted for the harder version which was to reach all the corner towers in the order of yellow, green, blue, red before heading to the finish point in the centre. We had a great time getting totally lost and trying to find our way. Each tower felt like such an achievement and I think we completed in quite a good time. We were advised to visit the toilets whether we needed them or not to see quite a cool illusion. It played on perspective to show men sat on Roman style toilets. I spent quite a while lining myself up to get the perfect photo that makes the scene look right. We then entered the illusion room section of the place which initially had amazing hologram pictures that change and pop out as you walk past them. It was a shame how many people just walked on through without spending time seeing all the different images of one picture by moving around. The next room was a tilted house at a 15 degree angle. You felt rather off balance trying to walk your way around. It's amazing how your mind then believes things that are at the true horizontal really aren't. The best part was watching a pool table ball seemingly roll uphill when in reality the table is angled slightly downwards but when you are slanted it really looks as if the table is going uphill. There was a room full of inverted faces that really looks as if they are 3D towards you when you face them and as you move across the room the faces appear to turn and follow you. It's rather creepy but such a cool illusion. It's amazing how playing with angles can really alter your perception. This was shown in a room when you viewed it from a side window and it looks perfectly straight and normal however the person standing on the left will be massive and touching the ceiling and the person down on the right will appear tiny. It's only when you walk around and into the room do you see how playing with lines and patterns for a certain view point in mind really tricks your mind. Unfortunately there wasn't anyone we could ask for a photo of us in this room which was a shame but I'm sure we won't forget about it anytime soon. After fully amazing ourselves we headed back to the main area where they had about hundred different small puzzles to try and complete. I managed a couple but Nick was really stumped on one where you had to remove the string from the puzzle. He went to the toilet and one of the attendants came and took his puzzle. I told him he was still doing it but he took it anyway and said he wanted to show someone it. It was rather rude and I didn't get a nice vibe from him. Because of that we didn't ask how to remove the string from the puzzle so I guess we will never know. We were feeling rather low about how cold it was so made the decision to stay a second night in the paid campsite so we can have a heater on and nice showers again. After booking that we looked around the very limited high street that Wanaka has to offer before returning back to the campsite to spend another evening in the communal area talking to our Irish friends. We are so glad we came back because within an hour or so the wind was as furious as the rain.Read more

  • Day453

    A very frosty day

    May 15 in New Zealand

    We had a relatively good night's sleep despite being next to the highway. We woke up early to make sure we were ready to leave by the 8:30am time limit as stated on the signs. Turns out many people didn't seem bothered by this time frame as we left over half the campervans behind us when we pulled away bang on time. We did have a small set back to our morning when Nick decided to check the fluid levels under the bonnet only to discover an electrocuted semi cooked poor bird trapped inside. It was a rather grim sight and the smell was far worse. It was horribly cold this morning and by the time we set off I think we'd only reached 1 degree outside. We visited the small picturesque country and western style town of Arrowtown. It's not far from Queenstown and a nice little place to walk around. It was hard to even want to venture out of the van and into the brisk icy cold morning air. The prospects of coffee and a log burning fire tempted us into the first cafe we saw. I joked to the waitress that I'll sit on the fire guard when she said we could sit anywhere, she thought I was joking but really I wish I could of spent all day in front of that fire. The town had lots of cute features and quirky buildings. We were rather disappointed by the old fashioned sweet shop they had here when we found out you had to buy a whole premade bag of one type of sweet and couldn't get a mixture of ones from the jars. Nick's decided to open a shop in competition offering the pick'n'mix option we longed for. We had planned to do a walk but I really wasn't feeling great so instead we headed off towards a town called Cromwell which is known as the fruit bowl of the South island. We had planned to spend the night here but after discovering there isn't much to do or anything going on we decided to continue on our journey and stay at Wanaka instead. We had laundry to do anyway so this worked out better and after quite a lot of days freedom camping we were looking forward to nice showers and a large kitchen to us. We actually arrived to our campsite at 2pm to really get the most of the facilities and so I could just rest for a bit and start to feel better. We met a lovely Irish couple in the communal kitchen who we talked to for ages. You forget how isolating the campervan can be sometimes without visiting good campsites that have a communal space. The conversation resulted in the girl giving me two things to help with my sandfly bites, something we've discovered I react very badly to. We sat and talked as we ate stir fry and it was just a lovely way to end the day.Read more

  • Day452

    Boardwalk strolls

    May 14 in New Zealand

    Our camping spot is half way between Queenstown and the town of Glenorchy so we decided today to head in the opposite direction to the way we have driven the past couple of days and visit this small town. The road hugs the lakeside so we had a lovely scenic drive on the way there and back. Because we have to leave this campsite by 9 each day we've been getting up rather early to make sure we are all set up and ready to leave on time. These early mornings seemed to have caught up with us so before we set off on our planned walking route we visited a local cafe and gift shop for a caffeine hit. The place was tiny and only fitted one table inside but it was so refreshing to find a gift shop with items to buy that we haven't come across before. Everything was handmade in New Zealand and most of it locally. We haven't bought many things from our travels for ourselves and we fell in love with a set of 3 Christmas decorations of our favourite NZ birds so we just had to have them. I have a feeling our future home will be filled with many memories of our time here in this incredible country. We set off on our planned walk today which was a track mainly on a boardwalk over the lagoons and swamp style land next to the town. The fog and mist had descended so we couldn't see anything beyond the lagoons but we still had a pleasant easy stroll around the area. It was a little tricky in places if you met someone coming the other way especially if you were passing on a stretch that was over water. Luckily neither of us fell in! After a good explore it was back in the van to drive back to Queenstown. We visited our favourite supermarket, Pak'n'save and stocked up on about 2 weeks worth of food knowing that we wouldn't come across one in a while. We then headed to our freedom camping spot for the night which was the other side of Queenstown in a carpark for a bungy jump place. We couldn't actually be there until after 6pm so we were worried about being in our van before this time. We took the opportunity to head down to the bridge and watch people jump off into the gorge below. It makes you feel quite sick watching it as you feel as if you will fall too and it definitely confirmed to us that it's not something we want to try. After spending time watching more jumpers and going on a walk we headed back at 6pm to settle down for the night. It's surprising how many people ignored the signs and were happy to not only turn up early but also park outside the camping zone. Clearly some people aren't as worried about the threatened $200 fine as we are!Read more

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