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O'VIVE PACIFIC CROSSING
A family travels from Florida to New Zealand aboard their St Francis 50 catamaran
Adrenaline Forest Emilie’s favorite hike…in the trees!!!!
Nathalie
01/22/2009, Christchurch (NZ, South island)

Located near Christchurch, a french guy set up Adrenaline Forest, an amazing zip line across the trees, way up there! This sport began in France in Briancon (Alpes) and there are more than 500 of them in France, This particular one has six levels , higher and higher, and more and more difficult as you go from 1 to 6. I stopped at level 4 (1 and 2 were a piece of cake, 3 OK and 4 took my breath away!!!), David made it to level 5 (he thought he was going to have a hard attack!) and both Emilie and Alec finished Level 6!!!!! They were so high....but of course they absolutly loved it!!!
Juste a cote de Christchurch se trouve un parcours foret et bien sur, les enfants, en mal d'emotions fortes, ont voulu tester ce parcours New Zelandais dans les arbres (un Francais l'a mis au point et en ai le proprietaire). Il y a 6 niveaux, de plus en plus haut et de plus en plus dur! Je suis arrivee tant bien que mal au niveau 4 (niveau 1 et 2 , pas de probleme, 3 ca commence a etre haut et niveau 4 , dur dur!), David a abandonne apres le niveau 5 et les enfants ont fini le niveau 6, ils etaient si haut mais bien sur ils ont adores!!!!

Alec took the plunge
Nathalie
01/17/2009, From Kawarau Bridge , near Queenstown

Yes, Alec did it! He plunged straight down 43m (143 ft) from the first bridge where Bungy Jumping was performed (back in 1988).
He did not hesitate long to take the plunge and Mom was very happy once it was done and over!!!!! He just could not get in New Zealand and pass one of the favorite extreme sport of the Kiwis!!!!
Oui, Alec a saute! Il a plonge tout droit a 43 metres (143 pieds) du tout premier pont ou le bungy Jumping a ete originaire commercialement en 1988. Il n'a pas hesite du tout et Maman etait tres heureuse une fois la chose faite!!! Il n'a pas pu aller en NZ et ne pas sauter en Body Jumping, le sport extreme prefere des Kiwis.

New zealand view of the world! Queenstown perhaps overrated!
Nathalie
01/16/2009, Queenstown, NZ

I just loved this other point of view! Just a question of presentation.
J'adore ce point de vue! Juste une question de presentation!
Queenstown was fine but perhaps overrated, I prefered the quieter town of Wanaka,which is also near a big lake with magnificent mountains as well.
Queenstown etait pas mal mais je prefere Wanaka, plus tranquille et avec un aussi grand lac et de magnifiques montagnes.

01/18/2009 | Morgan
Hey guys! Yesterday we the one year mark. :( we miss you guys so much. I haven't heard from alec in a while, I hope he texts us soon.( I have nearly given up on emilie she just doesn't seem to like us any more. Just kidding) thank you for my shirt by the way, i have already worn it twice. ;) miss you, and love you!!!!
Hike to Mt Roys , a hard hike!
Nathalie
01/12/2009, Mt Roys near Wanaka

Today, we went to hike for 6.5 hours (already too long for me) and it was a very hard one!!!! It was a hike to Mt Roys, a 1500m peak that dominates the Wanaka lake. We went up 1200m in 4 hours then 2.5 hours down. Believe it or not the descent was the worst part and tonight our legs hurt very BAD!!!!! Not to do again.....beautiful view but not for me!!!! Goodnight.
Aujourd'hui , nous avons marche pendant 6.5 heures( deja trop longtemps pour moi) mais en plus c'etait une marche qualifiee de difficile! Cette montee au Mt Roys qui domine le lac de Wanaka restera pour moi la marche la plus dure, 1200m de denivele en 4h de montee et 2.5 heures de descente, la partie la plus difficile pour moi! A ne pas refaire meme pour les paysages magnifiques!!!!

01/15/2009 | Jill
Can you believe that you've been gone for more than a year? We can, we miss you all so much! We love all of the pics keep em coming!
The south island, a ride on the wild side!
Nathalie
01/10/2009, Picton then Punakaiki

Since we arrived in Picton, the south island ferry terminal, we did not stop. We hiked 15Km of the Queen Charlotte trail, a beautiful path longing the sound beginning in ship cove where captain Cook (yes, him again!) loved to hang out. Next day, we decided to head for the west coast, we picknicked in Nelson, went across following a fantastic river for miles and miles, finally stopping to cross it on a suspension bridge, the kids ziplined it back, it was so pretty and of course the sun was out and makes everything so colorful, then we arrived on the west coast where the wild Tasman sea met us with her crazy large waves, what a view all along the road, we finally found a little village called Punakaiki , a good hamburger and a good bed....Let's see what tomorrow brings out....oh and by the way, the kids still managed to squeeze in some school this morning (we woke them at 6am!), we are so tired tonight, goodbye!!!!
Depuis notre arrivee a Picton, le terminal du ferry de l'ile du sud de NZ, nous ne nous sommes pas arretes. Une marche de 15 Km sur le chemin de Queen Charlotte qui suit une baie tres profonde en commencant a Ship Cove, un des endroits preferres du capitaine Cook (encore lui, decidement, il etait partout!). Le lendemain, nous sommes partis pour la cote Ouest, apres un picnic a Nelson, nous avons continue notre traversee en longeant une riviere magnifique que nous avons par la suite traversee sur un pont a suspension, les enfants eux en zipline, le soleil etait present et bien sur tout est tellement plus colore.....de l'autre cote, la mer sauvage de Tasmanie nous a accueillis avec ces vagues enormes , quelle belle vue tout au long de la route pour finalement trouver un petit village Punakaiki avec un bon hamburger et surtout un bon lit....nous verrons ce qu'apporte demain, mais quelle belle journee... Au fait, ce matin, les enfants ont travaille leur homeschool (on les a reveilles a 6h du matin) jusqu'a notre depart vers 10h30, nous sommes tres fatigues ce soir! Goodnight....

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